Your support has helped us accomplish more than ever
Every year, we set ambitious goals for ourselves. We know that the long hours spent working, and the money we raise translates into an innovative program for children and adults with developmental disabilities that will have a profound impact on their lives.
We love the moments when a student smiles and tells us what they are feeling for the first time, or when a teen in one of our community groups can share with their peers why they had a hard day, or when someone tells us they got their first job. Everyday, we see clients in our group’s blossom in leadership, self-awareness and self-esteem. These are the moments that fuel every day at Voices Together.
And, as we approach the thanksgiving season I wanted to take a minute to say thank you! Your support has helped us accomplish more than ever and it is because of your support that our organization has experienced such remarkable growth.
Let me share a few key accomplishments and goals your investment is helping to support:
* HELPING TO BUILD MOMENTUM
This year, we were awarded a $250k challenge grant from The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust for a National Replication Project. This grant is helping to fund the development of a new and dynamic program for special education teacher’s to help better address the communication skills and social needs of their students. Thanks to the help of our supporters we are at 50% of reaching our $250k goal!
* EXPANDING WORK IN THE VOCATIONAL SETTING
There are basic skills necessary to have a job in a community setting. A person needs to have basic social skills such as making eye contact with others, speaking to other employees and customers, and cooperation and teamwork. Our program helps address all of these skills, and this year with the support of The Ireland Family Foundation, we are partnering with Duke University on a pilot program and research study to evaluate our specialized music therapy model in the vocational setting.
* BRENNA CURRIE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Established through the generosity of family and friends the Brenna Currie Scholarship Fund helps ensure that individuals with developmental disabilities, along with their families, have access to leading-edge music therapy services regardless of their financial situation. Over 50% of Voices Together in the Community clients – more than ever before – receive free or reduced services thanks to donor support!
* THE SPECIAL EDUCATION CLASSROOM
Voices Together in Education has been bringing our music therapy model directly into the classroom since 2006. Last year we served over 200 special education students in 32 classrooms across Orange, Chatham, Alamance, and Durham counties. This year, thanks to the support of our donors, we have expanded the number of classrooms being served! To date we served over 800 students in the Triangle and Triad.
* COLLABORATION WITH DUKE UNIVERSITY
This year we launched an exciting new research project in partnership with Duke University through The Bass Connection. The project will be the first rigorous analysis of Voices Together in Education music therapy model measuring our impact for elementary age children, particularly as it relates to their communication and socialization.
* IN THE COMMUNITY
The summer of 2014 was an exciting time as donor support enabled us to expand our services by offering 8-week groups at YMCA Camp G.R.A.C.E in Raleigh, Durham Parks and Recreation Camp Explore and Camp Discover, Jordan Lake School of the Arts, Chatham Trades, Reality Ministries and the Arc of Orange County.
* EXPANDING PROGRAMS
This year we are excited to launch our “Little Voices” for pre-school age children with success. Pre-school age children with developmental disabilities have unique educational challenges. Music therapy can give children motivation to participate when interacting with other people, and can enable those without language to communicate, participate and express themselves non-verbally.
Thank you for helping us to impact the lives of so many children, teens, and adults in our communities, we are so very grateful that you share our vision. You really do make a difference!
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