Donations to AID of $100 or more get matched on Giving Tuesday Nov. 29
On Tuesday, Nov. 29, make a donation at AIDCares.org/GivingTuesday and The Coleman Foundation will match $100 of each individual online gift of $100 or more; up to $12,500 total!
Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past nine years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.
Giving Tuesday continues to be the biggest online giving day for the Association for Individual Development. The goal is to reach $60,000. Your generous gift helps AID continue to enrich the lives of children and adults with developmental disabilities, behavioral health and crisis needs.
This #GivingTuesday, AID would like to recognize a few inspiring individuals participating in AID programs. They are making positive strives in their lives thanks to the dedicated staff and generous supporters.
• For many of us, these past few years have taken a toll on our mental wellbeing. When Soleil began experiencing an increase in anxiety, her mother suggested she participate in group and individual therapy at AID. The sessions have not only improved Soleil's mental health but she also discovered a new love in the process... art! Soleil is part of the "Creative Expressions" group at the AID Behavioral Health Highland location in Aurora. "I love doing arts and crafts! It keeps me busy and I don't dwell as much on negative thoughts," explains Soleil.
• Following a period of incarceration, individuals often struggle with re-entering the workforce. In the beginning, Daniel faced many challenges, but with the help of his AID Employment Specialist, he has completed numerous job applications, learned the basics of current technology and understands proper interview etiquette. Daniel secured a well-paying and fulfilling career and is on a great life path. Having a job not only gives his life purpose again, it has also helped him reengage in society and feel connected to his community once again.
• Over the course of this past year, Linda has faced many physical challenges. When her mobility was compromised by high ammonia levels, Linda remained as radiant as ever. After several visits to the emergency room, Linda's ammonia levels improved, allowing her to stand up and walk again. AID staff helped Linda develop coping skills that she can utilize to remain calm and find focus in these stressful situations. Linda currently participates in AID residential services and will soon be transitioning to community day services (CDS). Linda looks forward to making new friends when she starts CDS. AID staff are excited to witness Linda's continued personal development.
AID's mission is to empower people with physical, developmental, intellectual and mental health challenges to enjoy lives of dignity and purpose. The nonprofit provides essential programs and services throughout DeKalb, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, McHenry, suburban Cook and Will counties.