Innovation in Adversity: Unforeseen Challenges, Unforeseen Opportunities.

Innovation in Adversity: Unforeseen Challenges, Unforeseen Opportunities.

When the clock counted down on New Years, no one could have anticipated what this year would bring. We have all been presented with challenges and isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With that being said, these challenges created opportunities for SOAR to be creative and adapt the way we offer programs to continue supporting our participants, regardless of the circumstances.

Our Executive Director, Erin Schultz said, “When our office first closed in March because of the pandemic we heard from many participants and their families – with many of their other services being stopped or severely restricted, isolation and loneliness were setting in. They needed connection, but above all, they needed hope and it was in that moment we knew we needed to find a way to relaunch our programs.

Cassidy is one of the many SOAR participants who experienced this. When the pandemic started, Cassidy temporarily lost her job and her usual community activities were unavailable. The virtual sessions and adapted programs that SOAR quickly launched allowed her to safely engage with SOAR friends and staff. Some of her favorite adapted activities were SOAR’s Virtual 5K, Disney Trivia on Facebook Live, Baking Class Zoom and Parking Lot Bingo. Cassidy will tell you, “SOAR’s virtual activities are different, but a lot of fun!”  

People with differing abilities need social connections, support, and hope now more than ever.  Will you take this opportunity to help by donating to SOAR Fox Cities’ Annual Appeal?

Innovation in Adversity: Unforeseen Challenges, Unforeseen Opportunities.

Amazing Fund-Racer: COVID-Safe Scavenger Hunt

We are so grateful to all of the teams, sponsors, donors, and supporters who made our first-ever Amazing Fund-Racer such a success! It was a beautiful day for some socially-distanced fun, and we were so impressed by the creativity and enthusiasm that teams showed in their scavenger hunt submissions! This fast-paced, socially-distant, city-wide event raised over $5,000 for SOAR Programs that empower youth and adults with disabilities!  Thanks to the following event sponsors for their support: Meijer, Menasha, Innovative Services, Inc., Green Stem LLC, Schroeder Moving Systems, Inc., College Connectors, Relish and Roots, Sabre Lanes, and Liberty Hall! We cannot wait to host this event again next fall- hope to see you there!

Innovation in Adversity: Unforeseen Challenges, Unforeseen Opportunities.

Supporting our Youth!

Thank you to the NxG Fund within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region for their $1,000 grant in support of SOAR Fox Cities’ Youth Program!

SOAR Fox Cities Youth Program includes Kidz Klub and Teen Stop; after school programs for elementary and middle schoolers, Teens and Transitioning Youth; a program for high schoolers, KITE Kamp; a summer day camp for youth ages 6-16, and in-School Activity Days; events brought to students in the classroom. Programs provide fun team-building and problem-solving activities to help youth with and without disabilities develop life skills, make friends, and teach the values of inclusion, understanding, and acceptance. Together with the NxG Fund within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region we continue providing youth of all abilities opportunities to build relationships, try new things, increase their confidence levels, and have fun, even amidst a pandemic. We are so grateful for their support!

 

Innovation in Adversity: Unforeseen Challenges, Unforeseen Opportunities.

Support for our Future!

Thank you to the Dora Hansen Charitable Trust for their $2,500 grant in support of SOAR Fox Cities’ Youth 3-12 Program!

SOAR Fox Cities Youth 3-12 program teaches social skills, builds relationships, and fosters values of acceptance, understanding, and inclusion in elementary and middle school youth with and without disabilities. This program includes Kidz Klub and Teen Stop, after school programs for elementary and middle school youth respectively, in-school Activity Days, and our summer day camp K.I.T.E. Kamp. We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to the Dora Hansen Charitable Trust for their support of this program, ensuring all children have the opportunity to build relationships, skills, and self-esteem though extra-curricular programs!

Support for Lifelong Learning!

Support for Lifelong Learning!

Thank you to the SECURA Insurance Companies Charitable Fund within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region for their $2,000 grant in support of SOAR Fox Cities’ Adult Education Program!

 

SOAR Fox Cities’ Adult Education Program is one of the keystone programs in our mission to Empower People with Differing Abilities. The program equips adults with disabilities with basic life skills through courses including healthy cooking, household chores, personal safety, public transportation, time management, and financial literacy. Skills obtained through our program empower participants to have success in their personal endeavors and lead safer, healthier, and more independent lives! With support from the SECURA Insurance Companies Charitable Fund within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, we look forward to another great year of learning in 2020!

Support for Lifelong Learning!

Support for Healthy Living!

Thank you to the Jewelers Mutual Charitable Giving Fund within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region for their $2,000 grant in support of SOAR Fox Cities’ Wellness Program!

 

The Wellness Program was launched in 2019 to help adults with differing abilities stay healthy and active by providing year-round physical fitness opportunities in settings that are accessible and supportive to each person’s needs. Some activities include Y fitness classes that teach workout equipment use, walking groups, disc golf, geocaching, healthy cooking, and gardening. Participants in this program are growing stronger, losing weight, and creating healthy habits that will last a lifetime! With support from the Jewelers Mutual Charitable Giving Fund within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, we look forward to continuing and expanding our offerings in 2020!

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