You asked and we answered! For this week’s blog, JMF asked our community, via social media, to send us any and all questions that they have for, or about, the Foundation. We had so many great questions sent in, and we’re excited to share our answers with you. Keep reading to learn more about JMF, our programs, and our future.
For the third year in a row, the Joseph Maley Family Support Program is once again offering Sibs Summer Camp, a week-long day camp that serves children who have a sibling with a disability. This unique camp has grown rapidly over the years, and we are so excited for another year of connecting, learning, and having fun with our Sibs campers!
Last week, we told you why we think YOU should volunteer for JMF. As a follow up, we’re taking this week to provide you with an updated list of winter and spring volunteer opportunities within each of our programs. Our volunteer needs are constantly evolving, so be sure to check back in before the summer months!
The Joseph Maley Foundation is reliant on the generous support of our volunteers to help make sure that our programs are as impactful as possible. We love our volunteers, and we’re always looking for passionate individuals to join us in our mission to serve children of ALL abilities. Volunteer opportunities, however, are not hard to come by, and with so many options available, we want to take the time to explain why volunteering for US is the right choice for YOU. This week’s blog focuses on answering the question: “Why should you volunteer for JMF?”.
For the final blog of 2019, JMF’s Director of Programs, Julie Friedman, has written an end-of-year letter for our followers and supporters:
If you follow JMF on social media, you’ve likely seen photos from our programs. Photos that show staff members implementing disABILITY Awareness curriculum in schools, photos of Joseph Maley Friends puppeteers performing skits, and photos that show athletes of ALL abilities learning and laughing alongside their Joseph Maley Fitness volunteer mentor.
Board Member Tim Gee has been an ardent supporter of the Joseph Maley Foundation for over ten years now. Tim, a history teacher at Park Tudor Middle School, has witnessed JMF programming through the eyes of a board member and an educator, giving him a unique perspective on how JMF serves children of ALL abilities. Keep reading to find out why Tim continues to support JMF, and why he thinks others should too.
The Joseph Maley Foundation’s HOPE Program continues to evolve to better help students, teachers, and our program partners begin the journey of mental health education in their community. In order to understand the program’s evolution and why certain changes were made, we sat down with JMF staff member Allison Boyll to talk with her about the past year, and where HOPE is now.
While the month of May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the week of May 5-11 is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, the state of mental health in our community ought to be a year-round concern. And yet, we are lacking as a country, and as a state. According to a 2018 study by Mental Health America (MHA), Indiana currently ranks 48th out of 51* in the Nation for mental health.
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.