Celebrating 50 Years of Support

Community Connections

Get Connected for Friendship and Fun

We connect people who have developmental disabilities with community members to provide the supports necessary for them to live full, happy, meaningful lives. We can help you find ways to connect, donate, and advocate.

BE A FRIEND
Pair up with someone who has a developmental disability and help them to make new friends, experience new things, and become more connected to their community. 

GAME NIGHT FOR TEENS
Play games and make new friends the first Tuesday of each month.

GIVE BACK CREW
Local businesses, people with disabilities, family members, and neighbors come together and give back to our community by volunteering together.

KINDNESS COURIERS
We need your muscles - help us pick up and deliver donated furniture and household items for people with developmental disabilities.

PARTY WITH A PURPOSE
Plan and host a party as a family, group of friends, team, class, business or congregation and invite people with developmental disabilities for the simple purpose of fun and friendship.

PICNICS
Volunteers with and without disabilities help us host and serve picnics to local businesses to expand our network and enrich our existing community partnerships.

Advocate to Empower

SPEAK UP
Speak Up is a group of adults with disabilities who advocate for themselves and for others. Come to one of their meetings to learn how you can help.

BECOME AN AMBASSADOR
Help us to share our mission and stories with the community by speaking to local groups, organizations or businesses.

Donate to help a neighbor

GIFT CARDS
Donate restaurant gift cards, grocery gift cards or fuel cards.

EVENT TICKETS
Donate tickets to local sports games or local amusement parks.

GIFTS
Donate birthday gifts or holiday gifts. We can provide wish lists and shopping suggestions.

MEALS
Donate home-cooked meals for families.

GOODWILL VOUCHERS
Donate items to any Goodwill store or donation site in Butler County with one of our donation tickets. (Click here to download the Donation ticket.) Goodwill gives us vouchers to distribute to people who need clothing for work or items for their homes.

 

 

Connections in the Community 

Check out the following opportunities to make a difference in your community:

BEST BUDDIES
At Best Buddies school chapters at Miami University Oxford and Talawanda High School typical students are matched up in one-to-one friendships with fellow classmates and adults with developmental disabilities. Click here to learn more about Miami University's Best Buddies Chapter.

BUILDING BLOCKS FOR KIDS
Donate to help bridge the funding gap for products and services that improve the quality of life for children who have physical, emotional, and developmental challenges. To donate contact the organization via email or call (513) 770-2900 or visit their website.

CASSIE'S ART CLOSET
Run by a local artist named Cassie, Cassie's Art Closet provides free art supplies such as easels, paint, brushes, markers, crayons, art kids, beads, clay, sculpting tools, etc. to artists with developmental disabilities. To donate contact them via email.

DIAPER PANTRY
Donate diapers of all sizes for children with disabilities. Contact Sarah via email for details.

GO BABY, GO!
Give the gift of mobility to toddlers with physical and motor disabilities by sponsoring the adaptation of a 'power car' custom-designed to support the specific needs of each child. To sponsor a car or request more information, contact Kathy via email or call (513) 785-4637. This website explains the Go Baby Go initiative.

HAUNNAH MEYER MEMORIAL FUND
This fund supports people with developmental disabilities through scholarships and programs that create real-world solutions for various needs For more information contact Lisa via email or call (513) 519-7797.

JOE NUXHALL MIRACLE LEAGUE FIELD
Baseball and softball leagues for all ages are held at this completely accessible two-field complex for individuals with developmental disabilities. Click here for details.

LAMPLIGHT OF HOPE
This organization helps pay for services and items that are not covered by other funding sources for people with developmental disabilities, and/or health related conditions, and their families. Contact them via email or call (513) 675-0125.

MAKE A HOUSE A HOME
People who move into the community do not always have the resources or supplies to set up a home. A group of parents formed a "Welcome Wagon" - click here to see what types of items they need.

PAUSE
Volunteer at or host a PAUSE event to provide an evening of fun and activities for children with developmental disabilities so their parents can have a night out. Click here for details.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS
Empower individuals with developmental disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society. To sign up or to volunteer, contact Mary by email. (maswagler@zoomtown.com)

THERAPEUTIC RECREATION FOR THE DISABLED
Receive quarterly newsletters to learn about upcoming events, volunteer opportunities and recreation activities. To receive the newsletter, contact Connie via email or call (513) 785-2881.

YOU GOT THE POWER
You Got the Power is a non-profit organization founded by Jessi Hutson, who campaigns and advocates for disability awareness and anti-bullying. All funds raised are available to individuals with developmental disabilities in need of accessible equipment. To donate contact, contact the organization via email.

YOUNG LIFE CAPERNAUM
Children ages 14 to 22 with developmental disabilities can get involved with this ministry to experience fun, adventure and have fulfilling friendships through club, camp and other exciting activities. Click here to see their website, or contact Eric at (859) 462-1013 for more information.

 

Can you help? Let us know!

If you can help with any of these initiatives, or if you'd like more information, please contact us via email or call (513) 785-2870.