There is a wonderfully fabulous thing going on in Utah! It's called Project Strive and it's pretty spectacular. If you are looking for a terrific program for blind youth and teens there's a beautiful model of this over at the Project Strive Blog.
They have fun stuff going on all the time it seems and this coming weekend isn't any different. If you live in Utah, please check this out and see if you can help. If you don't live in Utah read it anyway and I promise you'll be as excited and impressed as I am.
Also become a fan of there's over on Facebook, it's totally the in-thing to do! And it's fab-u-luss!
Project Strive and Strive FORWARD Give Back!
Too often disability groups such as “the Blind” are portrayed as just needing handouts. The National Federation of the Blind of Utah (NFBU), specifically Project STRIVE, is holding a service project to show that the blind “GIVE BACK”. This Saturday, Oct 9, Project STRIVE will be giving donated blankets and provide dinner at the Road Home Shelter (210 S. Rio Grande St).
If you would be willing to participate, you can donate new or gently used blankets.
Our goal is to donate 100 blankets. Donations can be dropped off to Everette Bacon, at the Division of Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 250 N. 1950 W.
Project STRIVE stands for “Successful Transition Requires Independence, Vocation and Education.” The NFBU holds “Giving Back” as an essential element of success in their mentoring and youth programs. Ron Gardner, President of NFBU says, “It is vital that blind youth and young adults demonstrate the value of giving back. They do this by being an active and contributing member of the organized blind movement, and also in his or her local community.”
Early in the day of October 9th, NFBU Club STRIVE 13-18 year olds will prepare dessert for the evening’s meal. They will also tie blankets to donate. That evening, NFBU STRIVE Forward members (18-26 year olds) will meet at DSBVI. At 5:30 PM the caravan will head to the Road Home Shelter where they will serve dinner to individuals and families.
“This activity is particularly noteworthy,” says event organizer, Everette Bacon, “because The Road Home provides a great and much needed service to our community. This is a wonderful opportunity for blind and visually impaired youth, and mentors, to give back to families in a time of need.”