Give to the Max Day
Thank you to the max!
Due to the generosity of this amazing community, AuSM is pleased to report a record-shattering donation total of $23,543.93 for Give to the Max Day 2017! We are so grateful to all of you who gave to AuSM Nov. 1-16, including our $11,580 matching fund donors: AuSM's Board of Directors; community donors; Associated Bank; the Minnesota Association of Financial Aid Planners; Design Pandemonium; the Outing Chamber of Commerce; and RSP Architects, Ltd. You helped us match every dollar, and 100% of the total donations will stay local to support programs and services for the autism community.
We also thank our community partners who supported AuSM through special fundraising events: Bruegger's Bagel Bakery, Wabasha Brewing Company, 612Brew, Tin Whiskers Brewing Co., and Wander North Distillery.
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Your Donation Counts!
$10.00: Scholarship for an individual with autism to attend an AuSM Skillshop
$40.00: Cost to support a moderator during AuSM's Free Support Groups
$75.00: Eight AuSM Summer Camp t-shirts for campers
$140.00: Scholarship for a teacher to attend a full day at the 22nd Annual MN Autism Conference
$275.00: Scholarship for an individual with autism to attend AuSM on the Town
$500.00: Provide an autism training in greater Minnesota
$1,000.00: Scholarship for a child to attend AuSM Summer Camp
Your Choice: Every dollar makes a difference in the lives of those affected by autism in Minnesota!
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AuSM CAMP PARTICIPANTS – 305 campers, 119 camp staff/counselors in 2017
Your Give to the Max Day donation is important because it gives youth and adults with autism the opportunity to experience summer camp and make friends and memories that last a lifetime.
“Our son has attended Camp Discovery for 10 years! He can’t wait to attend every year! He has expressed that it is a time when he can truly be himself and be accepted. EVERYONE should have an opportunity to feel that way!” – M.T. St. Paul, MN
EVENT PARTICIPANTS – 4,000+ in 2017
Your Give to the Max Day donation is important because it supports ongoing education and training in our community.
“Our son was diagnosed with autism and high anxiety at age 12. His challenges vary by day, but mostly involve social and organizational skills. In the past couple years since becoming involved with AuSM camps, his level of self-confidence and self-worth have grown so much. He also was thrilled to meet Temple Grandin during the 2017 autism conference.” – S.K. Medford, MN
ADULTS ON THE SPECTRUM – 60+ Support Group Participants each month, more than 720 served annually
Your Give to the Max Day donation is important because it supports AuSM’s free support groups for parents, caregivers, family members, spouses, and individuals with autism.
“The Independent Adults with ASD Social Support Group has helped me to understand what ASD really is, because when I go there I see so many people with ASD. I find it sensational just to be there among all those people who are weird like me. It really helps me understand myself.” – A.M., Minneapolis, MN
PARENTS/CAREGIVERS – 2,600+ Information and Resources calls/e-mails in 2017
Your Give to the Max Day donation is important because it supports AuSM’s ability to be a first-call resource for families and individuals with autism - from initial diagnosis through retirement.
“AuSM was a BIG resource for my husband and I when our son was diagnosed with autism 20 years ago. We will be forever grateful. We now volunteer for Navigating MSP Airport.” – M.B., Minneapolis, MN
EDUCATORS - Hundreds served through assistance calls, workshops, the state autism conference, consultation, and more.
Your Give to the Max Day donation is important because it helps educators access training and resources they need to help students with autism.
“I've had good experiences with AuSM. The facilitators are knowledgeable and it is a good way to keep in touch with the autism community.” – M.A., Red Wing, MN
PROFESSIONALS - Hundreds served through trainings, workshops, the state autism conference, consultation, and more.
Your Give to the Max Day donation is important because it helps professionals access training and resources, including the AuSM Direct Support Certification Training course, they need to better serve their clients with autism.
“AuSM has provided great training and learning opportunities.” – C.D., Luverne, MN
SOCIAL SKILLS CLASS PARTICIPANTS – 300+ Social Skills Class participants in 2017
Your Give to the Max Day donation is important because it allows youth and adults with autism to participate in social skills classes with community partners, giving them the opportunity to learn and have fun in safe, accepting environments.
“The Como social skills and On the Town programs have helped my teenage son feel connected and independent. It has been great for him to have these outings.” – AuSM Member
AuSM Counseling and Consulting CLIENTS – 3,000+ appointments in 2017
Your Give to the Max Day donation is important because families, caregivers, support staff, and individuals with autism deserve help in understanding an autism diagnosis and the challenges and gifts it can bring. AuSM therapists offer clients a safe, supportive environment to pursue personal goals.
“I LOVE AuSM! The services I've been able to take advantage of have changed my life for the better. Finding help as an adult diagnosed late in life was difficult until I found AuSM. AuSM support groups have been particularly helpful. Before I attended, I didn't know any other adults, especially other women, on the spectrum. Walking in I felt I had finally found my tribe.” – L.K. Winona, MN