What a year it’s been! Our success is in large part thanks to funds raised at our annual event, Food Among Friends, our member-made art sale during Norman’s Art Walk, and through the generosity of grantors and donors alike. As we look towards 2020, we honor our organization’s past and set our sights on the future of Among Friends.
Member highlights from 2019 include visits from the OKC Zoo and Thunder Book Bus, our group outing to a volleyball game at OU, and chatting with legislators who came to the center to meet their constituents. Some members put our Lifelong Learning program into action by advocating at the Capitol on Disabilities Awareness Day. This summer, we launched our pilot program for teens, and our new after-school program will kick off at the beginning of 2020.
Adult-focused membership has continued to grow. Members can participate in volunteering opportunities, work on skills that may lead to employment, or simply play a game or enjoy a cup of coffee with a friend and break the cycle of isolation a vast majority of adults with developmental disabilities experience. Among Friends not only benefits members, but also the parents and caregivers who can continue to work and receive respite because they know their loved one has a safe and friendly place to go where they are treated with the respect and dignity they deserve.
Today, I invite each of you to become a sustainABILITY Buddy through monthly giving or a Funding Friend with a one-time donation. Your tax-deductible donations to Among Friends will allow us to continue to expand our programs and grow as an organization.
On behalf of myself, the staff, the Board of Directors, and our members and families – thank you. Whether you’re a first-time donor or a long-time supporter, we appreciate you recognizing the social impact and significance of our organization.