Give to the Max Day
On Nov. 15, Give to the Max Day 2018, supporters of the Autism Society of Minnesota and those affected by autism in Minnesota came together and helped AuSM exceed its donation goal for the state-wide day of generosity. Community members, businesses, board members, and staff members raised a record-shattering $32,576! Thank you to those who donated, including our match donors: Pentair Foundation; Andre Best, Best Home Care; Joan and Jeff Hamiel; Dorothy Waltz; and members of the AuSM Board of Directors. 100% of all Give to the Max Day donations will stay local, supporting advocacy, education, and collaboration in our communities. Thanks also to our community partners: 612 Brew, Blush Salon, Bruegger's Bagel Bakery, Cheap Skate, Community Alliance, Home Depot, Pet Smart, Pryes Brewing, Wabasha Brewing Company, and Wuollet Bakery. You, our members, partners, and donors, make this community strong. We are grateful.
If you were not able to donate yesterday and would like to contribute dollars in support of the local autism community, please click here.
Give to the Max Day Donation Incentives - Thank you to Bruegger's Bagel Bakery, Home Depot, and Wuollet Bakery
$10+: Bruegger's coupon for free bagel with cream cheese
$25+: Bruegger's coupon for dozen bagels; Wuollet coupon for a free cupcake; entry into Home Depot prize drawing; entry into Bruegger's bottomless mug drawing
$40+: Bruegger's coupon for bagel bundle; Wuollet coupon for a free cupcake; entry into Home Depot prize drawing; entry into Bruegger's bottomless mug drawing
Thank you to our Give to the Max Day 2018 Matching Fund Donors!
2018 MATCH FUND: $12,950
Thank you to our amazing match fund donors, the catalysts who will spark others to donate to AuSM and double their donations!
Andre Best, Best Home Care
Joan and Jeff Hamiel
AuSM Board of Directors
Thanks to AuSM's Give to the Max Day 2018 Community Partners
612Brew: 612 Brew will donate $1 from every pint sold on Nov. 15 from 4-10 p.m.
Blush Salon: Blush will collect donations for AuSM from Nov. 1-15 at their St. Paul location: 1001 Sibley Memorial Hwy., St. Paul, MN 55118.
Bruegger's Bagel Bakery: Visit AuSM's resource table at the Gaviidae Common location from 8-11 a.m. on Nov. 15. In addition to raising awareness about autism, Bruegger's is providing some fun donation incentives: Donors $10-$25: Receive a Free Bagel with Cream Cheese; Donors $25+: Receive a certificate for a Free Dozen Bagels; Donors $40+: Receive a certificate for a Free Bagel Bundle. Donors of $25+ will be entered in a drawing to win a 2018 Bottomless Mug (2 given); Donors of $40+ will be entered in a drawing to win a 2018 Bottomless Mug (3 given).
Cheap Skate: Selling puzzle pieces for donations in November. $1 – Name on puzzle piece displayed; $5 – Name on puzzle piece displayed + Free Skating or Bouncing admission ticket (up to a $6.99 value); $20 – Name on puzzle piece displayed + 4 Free Skating AND Bouncing admission tickets with roller skate rental (up to a $51.99 value)
Community Alliance: Support AuSM while enjoying BOGO Beer, Wine, and Cocktails! Community Alliance's 2019 Team Brew and Winery & Distillery Cards are available for pre-sale. Purchase a card and enjoy a BOGO tasting/flight, wine, cocktail, or pint at more than 30 unique locations. From Nov. 1-15, AuSM will receive $15 for every $25 card sold through this link.
Home Depot - St. Louis Park: When you donate $25 or more to AuSM for Give to the Max Day (Nov. 1-15), you'll receive an entry in to a drawing for Rivergrille 30 Qt. Turkey Fryer Set and a Masterbuilt Pro Dual Fuel Meat Smoker. This prize is valued at more than $200, and will be a great addition to your Thanksgiving feast! The prize drawing will be conducted on Nov. 16. Prize winner must pick up fryer and smoker from AuSM's office in St. Paul.
PetSmart: Donate $5 to PetSmart Charities at its quarry location, 1640 New Brighton Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55413, and they will donate a stuffed dog, cat, bunny, or lamb to the AuSM. Stuffed animals will support programs and services for those with autism in Minnesota.
Pryes Brewing: $1 per select beer and $5 per growler will be donated to AuSM during the Pryes for a Purpose event from 3-7 p.m. on Nov. 1.
Wabasha Brewing: $1 per pour will be donated to AuSM on Saturday, Nov. 10 during the 4th Annual West Side Holiday Market & Brew.
Wuollet Bakery: When you donate $25 or more to AuSM for Give to the Max Day (Nov. 1-15), you'll receive a coupon for a free cupcake from Wuollet Bakery.
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!
MAKE YOUR DONATION COUNT.
Donate to AuSM today!
AuSM CAMP PARTICIPANTS – 305 campers, 119 camp staff/counselors annually
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+ annually
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 annually
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 annually
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 annually
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