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AMPs Community in Unity: IMPACT Day

August 6, 2021

Imagine the IMPACT you will have when you join your AMPs family at one of these four locations for just a few hours to serve the communities in which we live.  This epic day of service will allow you to connect to your community and make it a better place. You will also benefit by expanding your network and boosting your social skills.  They say that when you give back, you actually get more. The sense of accomplishment will be overwhelming and the bonds you build with the other volunteers will last forever.

So join us in this awe inspiring day of volunteerism and comradery.  Spaces are limited to register today and receive a commemorative tee shirt at your volunteer location.

Location #1 Gigi’s Playhouse Annapolis:  Destination Discovery is a program that promotes motor, language, and social development through play for the child with Down syndrome.

Activity:  The program leader and assistants will provide instruction and direction throughout the program, while the children will participate in each activity with their parent or caregiver. Stations will be set up to offer purposeful, enjoyable learning activities while allowing flexibility for each child/family to choose the experiences they find most meaningful. Each station will target different skills, such as gross motor, fine motor, language, or sensory skills. The purposeful-play stations are the core of Destination Discovery. The stations will be determined by the leader with regard to theme and age of participants. Generally, 2-4 stations should be chosen from these options: 1) gross motor, 2) fine motor/craft, 3) sensory, 4) music and/or dancing, and 5) story. Volunteers from AMPs will spend time setting up and prepping for Destination Discovery, assisting the leader at the various stations while the participants and caregivers are attending, and breaking down at the end after all participants have left.

Shift:  12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

A General Schedule: Welcome song/gathering (15 minutes), Stations (45-60 minutes), Clean- up (5 minutes), Snack with Conversation (15-30 minutes), Free Choice Play Time (15 minutes), Closing (5 minutes)

Volunteers:  16

AMPS Leader:  Dion James-Zanfordino [email protected]

What to Know Before You Go: Volunteers will need to do online Gigi’s training (1 hour training course – held every month).  https://gigisplayhouse.org/annapolis/ 

Location #2 A Wider Circle:  A Wider Circle is currently able to furnish 10-15 homes each day with large and small necessities.

Activity:  We need help from volunteers in sorting the smaller items that come into our center and packing them up for the families we serve. We follow all CDC recommendations to ensure we can “do good”, while keeping our community healthy. All volunteers are asked to social distance, wear masks, follow good hand hygiene practices, and complete a health questionnaire before each engagement.

Shift:  1:00 pm-4:00 pm. Volunteers are required to arrive 30 minutes prior to their shift to sign waivers.

Location:  9159 Brookville Road, Silver Spring, MD.

Volunteers:  30 volunteers

AMPS Leader: Fred Trimble [email protected], (312) 720-4888

What To Know Before You Go: More specific information will be made available for all of the registered volunteers on August 2.  http://awidercircle.org

Location #3 Legacy Farms in Leesburg: We offer targeted, custom-designed apprenticeships to neurodiverse individuals who perform essential organizational tasks in our garden, in the community, and for organizational management.  In 2019, Legacy Farms introduced Growing Together, our mentor/ apprentice program. We began training and hiring neurodiverse apprentices for ten-week, volunteer or paid positions during which mentors coach job skills, social awareness, and self-advocacy. Apprentices work in the garden or on special projects that further their talents and benefit the organization’s objectives, including such projects as videography for social media, distributor relationship development, and event/project coordination.  You’re invited to visit the home of Legacy Farms, an organization that supports garden-to-table apprenticeships for neurodiverse young people. We’d like to help them create a space of tranquility and beauty in their butterfly garden. Let’s use our talents of delivering hospitality to help this nonprofit create a beautiful calm sitting area to be used by their apprentices for: grounding, reflection, creativity, meditation and inspiration!

Activities May Include: Who’s interested in enjoying some fresh morning air, the backdrop of lovely farm animals and getting their hands in the dirt?  Possible activities may include building a bench, edging and mulching, creating a mandala in nature, etc.

Shift:  9:30am-12:00pm

Location:   Temple Hall Farm Regional Park – 15855 Limestone School Road, Leesburg, VA 20176

Volunteers:  20

AMPs Leader:  Michelle Morgan, [email protected], (571) 439-2180

What to Know Before You Go: Rain date is August 7, activity is followed by optional boxed lunch, wine, and fellowship (cost to attend) at Fabbioli Cellars – http://www.fabbioliwines.com, 703-771-1197. 15669 Limestone School Road, Leesburg, VA 20176.  There is a fee for this that will be paid directly at Fabbioli Cellars.  Please remember to dress with gardening in mind, including applied sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, and a filled water bottle. Restrooms and cover are available.  legacyfarmsvirginia.org






August 6, 2021
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