Just in time for fall, the CdLS Foundation is excited to announce it’s new program, which will use common “cents” to make some real change for those with CdLS. Introducing Pennies for Jessica, a fundraising program available to clubs & organizations throughout the country.
Pennies for Jessica is designed to increase awareness of CdLS in your community and raise funds to provide family support services to families affected by the syndrome. It’s inspired by Jessica, a young girl with CdLS from Mississippi, who began collecting pennies for the CdLS Foundation more than a decade ago. This program is open to any club or organization interested in supporting programs to help disabled children.
Here’s how it works: Representatives from clubs/organizations contact the CdLS Foundation to schedule a free presentation by a Foundation volunteer at a monthly meeting. The volunteers is provided with all the materials needed for a successful presentation. After the presentation, members are asked to distribute Pennies for Jessica collection boxes throughout their communities. Members also have the option of setting up tables at grocery stores and other high traffic areas and collecting the donations personally.
This program is designed to be easy. The event can start any time after the Pennies for Jessica presentation is given and can last for a week, a month, a season, or continually. The organization simply chooses a time frame and how many boxes it wants to distribute. That’s it!
Why participate? The great thing about this event is that it benefits everyone. Funds raised support the Foundation and those it serves while clubs & organizations get a crash course in CdLS awareness while showing their support for disabled children and their commitment to community service.
We hope that Pennies for Jessica will truly “Provide Hope Through Change.” If you’d like to learn more about this event, know of an organization who’d like to participate, or want to volunteer as a presenter, please contact Gail at events@CdLSusa.org or call the office at 800-753-2357. Together, we can make a litte change go a long way! – JS