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Lindsey Hein: 2018 Butterfly Tea Keynote Speaker

We have an extra blog for you this week! Lindsey Hein, mother of four, passionate runner and host of the podcast “I’ll Have Another with Lindsey Hein”, was the 2018 Butterfly Tea keynote speaker. We asked Lindsey to share a bit about her experience as last year’s speaker, and why she supports the Joseph Maley Foundation. Keep reading to find out!

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Spring and Summer 2019: Volunteer With JMF

April is National Volunteer Month, and as the month winds down, the Joseph Maley Foundation would like to provide our audience with a full list of upcoming volunteer opportunities. Keep reading to learn more about the volunteer needs for each of our programs, as well as our upcoming events.

Butterfly Tea: Saturday, April 27

Event Description:
The seventh annual Joseph Maley Foundation Butterfly Tea is a lovely afternoon event where guests can enjoy one another’s company, share treats and fine teas, and celebrate the work of the people who empower the Joseph Maley Foundation to serve children of all abilities. Attendees will also be able to hear the empowering stories of our 2019 keynote speakers, Maggie and Kate McGowan. Maggie is a disABILITY Awareness speaker who will share her story of life with dyslexia, followed by Kate’s perspective as a mother of an exceptional child. Guests will also have the opportunity to participate in our silent auction.

Volunteer Needs:

  • Prepping food (Friday, April 26)
  • Set up (11:00 AM – 1:30 PM on April 27)

 

Interested in volunteering for the Butterfly Tea? Contact Events Manager, Courtney Basso at: cbasso@josephmaley.org

Want to register to attend the seventh annual Butterfly Tea? Register here.

 

Joseph Maley Road Mile: Friday, June 28

Event Description:
Race through the streets of downtown Indianapolis for one mile on Friday, June 28 for a prize purse totaling $1,000. This fast, downhill course begins on the West New York Street Bridge and finishes on IUPUI’s Michael A. Carroll Stadium Track. This event is open to individuals of all ages and abilities, and is a great preview for our July 20 Run, Walk, Roll.

Volunteer Needs:

  • Course guides
  • Registration volunteers
  • Set up and tear down volunteers

 

Interested in volunteering for the Road Mile? Contact Events Manager, Courtney Basso at: cbasso@josephmaley.org

Want to register to participate in the inaugural Joseph Maley Road Mile? Register here.

 

Run, Walk, Roll: Saturday, July 20

Event Description:
Join the Joseph Maley Foundation on Saturday, July 20, 2019 for Indy’s premier summer road race event. Start and finish on the Michael A. Carroll Stadium Track at IUPUI and run through the streets of scenic downtown Indianapolis while supporting the Joseph Maley Foundation mission, “serving children of all abilities.” Participants of all ages and abilities are welcome. 5K and 10-Miler options available.

Volunteer Needs:

  • Course marshals
  • Water station volunteers
  • Registration and bag check
  • Infield volunteers
  • Set up and tear down volunteers

 

Interested in volunteering for the Run, Walk, Roll? Contact Events Manager, Courtney Basso at: cbasso@josephmaley.org

Want to register to participate in the eleventh annual Run, Walk, Roll? Register here.

 

 

disABILITY Awareness:

Volunteer Needs:

  • Christ the King disABILITY Awareness: April 23 – April 26
  • Holy Spirit disABILITY Awareness: May 13 – May 17
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary  disABILITY Awareness: May 20 – May 24

If you are interested in volunteering with the disABILITY Awareness Program, contact Chelsea McCloskey at: cmccloskey@josephmaley.org

 

Joseph Maley Fitness

Volunteer Needs:

  • Soccer: April 27, May 4, 11, 18
  • Swimming: April 28, May 5, 12, 19
  • run2gether: May 4
  • JMFitness Summer Camp: June 17 – June 21

If you are interested in volunteering with the Joseph Maley Fitness Program, contact Cory Hernandez at: coryh@josephmaley.org

 

Joseph Maley Friends

Volunteer Needs:

  • Joseph Maley Friends Puppet Camp: June 10 – June 14 and July 22 – 26

If you are interested in volunteering with the Joseph Maley Friends Program, contact Anna Fon at: annafon@josephmaley.org

 

Health through Outreach, Personal Perspectives, and Engagement (HOPE)

Volunteer Needs:

  • In need of professional speakers from the mental health field for both student and parent groups.
  • Volunteers for facilitating small groups for our We Step Up initiative. A training will be provided by JMF staff.

If you are interested in volunteering with the HOPE Program, contact Allison Boyll at: aboyll@josephmaley.org

 

Joseph Maley Family Support

Volunteer Needs:

  • Sibs Summer Camp: June 17 – June 21

If you are interested in volunteering with the Joseph Maley Family Support Program, contact Liz Freisen at: liz.freisen@josephmaley.org

 

 

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An Image of Kindness: Board Member Sue Peoni

In continuing with our Board of Director’s themed blogs, we’d like to introduce Sue Peoni. Sue is a dedicated volunteer for the Joseph Maley Foundation, notably for our disABILITY Awareness Program, and was awarded JMF’s 2018 Crystal Butterfly award for her dedication and support of the Foundation. Keep reading to learn why Sue gives so much of her time to JMF, and why she thinks others should too!

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Our Volunteers: Hannah Wleklinski

Did you know that April is National Volunteer Month? The Joseph Maley Foundation would like to extend a sincere thank you to all of our volunteers – whether they give hours or years of service, we are tremendously grateful for the work and passion that they put into helping serve children of ALL abilities. For this week’s blog post we’d like to introduce Hannah Wleklinski. A sophomore at Zionsville High School, and a Joseph Maley Junior Board member, Hannah has spent much of her free time volunteering with multiple nonprofits and organizations, including the Joseph Maley Foundation. Keep reading to learn why Hannah gives so much of her time to JMF, and why she thinks others should too.

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Board Member: Jordan Kyle

We’d like to introduce Jordan Kyle, one of the Joseph Maley Foundation’s newest board members. As an avid distance runner, and an assistant volunteer coach for Butler’s Men’s and Women’s cross country and track teams, Jordan sits on JMF’s 2019 Run, Walk, Roll committee. Keep reading to learn how Jordan came to find the Joseph Maley Foundation, and what he’s looking forward to achieving as a board member in 2019.

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A Brighter Future: Curriculum Manager, Jane Seib on disABILITY Awareness

The Joseph Maley disABILITY Awareness Program utilizes a number of different components in order to create a program that is unique, customizable, and impactful. Jane Seib, the Joseph Maley Foundation’s Curriculum Manager, has worked over the years to perfect the curriculum we use in all of our programs, including disABILITY Awareness, so that it not only meets Indiana Department of Education Standards, but remains engaging and informative for central Indiana students. For this last Disability Awareness Month blog post, we’ve asked Jane to share her experience of writing curriculum for JMF and the disABILITY Awareness Program, and tell us why she thinks our curriculum is so vital to this program.

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A Motivation for Change: Mark Dresen on disABILITY Awareness

 

Our disABILITY Awareness Program utilizes the talents and voices of multiple speakers to spread awareness and acceptance of all to our local community. To celebrate Disability Awareness Month, we’ve interviewed another one of our speakers, Mark Dresen. Mark works for Eli Lilly, and speaks for the Joseph Maley Foundation about his visual impairment. Keep reading to learn more about why Mark thinks disability awareness education is so important, and why he supports JMF.

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Love and Kindness: Ayden Jent on disABILITY Awareness

For our second disABILITY Awareness themed blog post of the month, we’d like to introduce Ayden Jent. Ayden speaks for the Joseph Maley disABILITY Awareness program, and is a 2016 Rio U.S. Paralympian. In this weeks blog, Ayden shares how he came to find the Joseph Maley Foundation, and why he continues to support the disABILITY Awareness Program.

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A Prevalent Need for Inclusivity: Eric Schommer on disABILITY Awareness

To celebrate Disability Awareness Month, the Joseph Maley Foundation would like to highlight just a portion of the impact that our disABILITY Awareness Program is making on the youth of central Indiana. For this first blog of the month, we interviewed Eric Schommer, principal at St. Monica Catholic School. Since its inception the disABILITY Awareness Program has been a yearly staple at St. Monica. Keep reading to learn more about this decades long impact.

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Meet Hopper: A Therapy Dog To Be

Events Manager, Courtney Basso and her family have welcomed a new, furry addition to their home, and to the JMF family as well! Hopper, a hopeful therapy dog, is a comforting (and adorable) new presence at the Joseph Maley Foundation. In this week’s blog post, we’ve asked Courtney to introduce Hopper, and to give some insight on what exactly a therapy dog is, and how Hopper can impact JMF.

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