General Donations, of an amount of your choosing, to help us cover day to day expenses.
Our Art Program offers art works created by people who have autism spectrum disorders. We participate in local events offering for sale cards, prints and a wide variety of original art produced by people with autism. We create income for the artists and lets everyone know who they are. The show has appeared at the Oregon Developmental Disabilities In-Service in Salem, the Hilyard Community Center, The Unitarian-Universalist Church, Lane Community College, Territorial Vineyards, DIVA, the Jazz Station, Passion Flower Gifts, New Zone Gallery, Maude Kerns Art Center and more. We celebrate our artists with a gala opening, giving neuro-normal people a chance to rub elbows with some notable autists, and autists palpable proof of their self-worth and a market for their art.
Our expenses include materials to produces the prints, frames and display equipment for our permanent collection, and general funds to lsupport our outreach effort for new artists. And art classes are on the drawing board.
The support group, conceived for people with high-functioning autism and Aspergers, has been meeting monthly for years. Cheryl Nel Applegate, a retired professional in the developmental disabilities field, is the facilitator. There are about 8 hard-core regulars and new arrivals often join; they range from 19 to 50 years old. They share stories and discuss different challenges posed by living with autism spectrum disorders. It's a safe place.
KindTree pays rental on the meeting space plus notices mailed out every month. We also host a party once a year. Fun!
STiLE Program is set to begin in the Fall of 2012. Start up funds are needed. This programn will provide Life Skills Trainings designed for people on the autism spectrum, and open to other disabilities. Read more here.
Publications: Reaching Out--Reaching In, our thrice yearly newsletter, goes out to over 1000 households. In addition to publicizing upcoming KindTree events, our newsletter contains writings by people with autism spectrum disorders, reports on medical discoveries, and other news in the autism community. We also produce the KindTree eFlash!, an e-newsletter going out to 0ver 800 address monthly.
Publications are our biggest money sink. We don't charge for subscriptions in order to maximize distribution. Each issue costs over $1000. We sure could use some help here!
Corporate Donations: Options include Newsletter Sponsorships, Gala Opening Sponsorships, Group Camp Volunteer Plan, Camp Sponsorships and Scholarships, and more. Your company will be featured in all our publications, reaching more than 1500 people per month, plus online visits of over 100 per day. Your company could also purchase a Thank You Card Set and print for your customers and office through our Artist Challenge Program. (more info here). Call 541.521.7208 for more information on how we can help each other.
If you just want to send a check, please don't hesitate. Send to:
KindTree - Autism Rocks
2096 1/2 Arthur St.
Eugene, OR 97405