2013 closed with success for the disability outreach to the community. For non-profits, belief in their mission created amazing events that educated, entertained and raised awareness about disability issues.
2014 has begun and so has the planning of new events to continue the span of knowledge in our community. These non-profits are seeking participants, contestants and volunteers!!!
February 15th REAP Artisan Showcase & Silent Auction
March 8th The Virginia Victory Games
March 15th Ms. Wheelchair VA 2014
Mark you calendars today for:
February 15th REAP’s Artisan Showcase & Silent Auction
REAP (Richmond Entrepreneurial Assistance Program) is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization providing comprehensive job training and meaningful employment for individuals with disabilities. Using a social enterprise model, they have launched two businesses; Heart to Heart Gift Baskets & Packaging and New 2 U Sports. Their participants are well prepared to succeed in an integrated work environment in our businesses or in the community, as they choose.
They welcome one and all to their February 15th Artisan Showcase & Silent Auction. Food, Music, Entertaining, Fellowship and an opportunity to meet and support some very talented individuals, who happen to have a disability.
Significance of this event:
- They are providing an opportunity for artisans to show and sell their works: art, photography, baked goods and more.
- Funds will be raised through sponsorships and the silent auction to support REAP’s job training and employment program.
- This event gives REAP the opportunity to share stories about their participants. They have different talents, and a lot of the same hopes and dreams that we all have. They want to work, and together we can help them do that.
How can you help?
- Help secure sponsors for the event (starting at $100.00). Do you own a business? Work for a corporation? Belong to a Rotary or other organization or shop somewhere that might consider being a sponsor? Sponsorship letters area available.
- Donate a gift to the Silent Auction - groups, business owners, service providers etc.
- Share an idea, or special talent or service
- Volunteer to help!
For more information:
804-527-1037 x 29 or 804-874-4591
Maddy & Rich Ricca
March 8th The Victory Victory Games
The Virginia Victory Games welcomes children and young adults ages 6-21 (alumni over 21 are welcome) with physical, visual and/or hearing impairments to compete in club throw, softball throw, shotput, standing long jump, bowling, wheelchair slalom, 60m, 200m and 400m.
The Virginia Victory Games is a one-day sporting event held annually in Richmond, Virginia for children and adolescents with medically diagnosed visual and/or physical disabilities. These children are not eligible to participate in the Special Olympics because they do not have any mental deficiencies. In order to ensure fair competition, all competitors are classified based on their level of disabilities.
What opportunities are available?
- Athletes Buddy
All forms (registration, liability, photo release and medical) must be postmarked by February 1, 2014.
For more information or questions:
P.O. Box 37130
N. Chesterfield, VA 23234
March 14 - 16th Ms. Wheelchair VA 2014
Ms. Wheelchair Virginia 2014 will be crowned March 15th at the Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center in Fishersville, VA.
Contestant’s application must be received by February 3, 2014.
The mission of Ms Wheelchair Virginia is to educate, advocate, and raise awareness of the abilities and needs of the disability community in order to influence attitudinal, architectural, and social change for all Virginians. Furthermore, their program's mission is to inspire and motivate Virginians as role models of courage and hope. A female wheelchair user is annually selected as our titleholder to carry out our mission while representing Virginians with disabilities as well as all Virginians. The titleholder has a year-long reign speaking at various engagements throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Dates: Fri-Sun, March 14-16, 2014
Gala & Crowning Event Sat. 15th
Doors open to public at: 600pm
Woodrow Wilson Rehab Center
243 Woodrow Wilson Ave. Fishersville VA 22939
The mission of Ms Wheelchair Virginia is to educate, advocate, and raise awareness of the abilities and needs of the disability community in order to influence attitudinal, architectural, and social change for all Virginians. Furthermore, our program's mission is to inspire and motivate Virginians as role models of courage and hope.
A female wheelchair user is annually selected as our titleholder to carry out our mission while representing Virginians with disabilities as well as all Virginians. The titleholder has a year-long reign speaking at various engagements throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.
For more information:
Ms. Wheelchair Virginia, Inc.
P.O. Box 1500, W-513
Fishersville, VA 22939-1500
Phone :(540) 332-7905 (Local)
(800) 345-9972, extension.27905 (Toll Free)
Fax: (540) 332-7132