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.
Alfie Hernandez is the Assistant Athletic Director at Guerin Catholic High School, as well as the Master Facilities Planning Consultant for Washington Township. He enjoys hanging out with his family, golfing, and sitting on JMF’s Board of Directors! Alfie has been with the Joseph Maley Foundation since the very beginning, and is a top-notch problem solver. Keep reading to learn about Alfie’s thoughts for the future of JMF, and his memories from the beginning.
What do you imagine when you hear the word “kaleidoscope”? A variety of colors – bright and blooming? An array of geometric shapes, each one bleeding into the next? Whatever image you conjure, the kaleidoscope can be described universally as uniquely beautiful. It brings a sense of unity and cohesion to what might otherwise be defined as chaos.
JMF board member Jared Applegate is an employee at Barnes and Thornburg LLP, an avid hiker, and loves spending time with his wife and dog! Jared believes deeply in community engagement and volunteerism, and has dedicated his time to serve on the Joseph Maley Foundation’s board. Find out how Jared came to know the Joseph Maley Foundation, and why he has continued to support our mission and programs over the years.
The Joseph Maley Foundation is not just a nonprofit – it is a family, and we hope that everyone who walks through our doors can feel the deep roots of acceptance and love that comes with a family such as ours.
At JMF we have certainly had our share of great joys and sorrows, but feel blessed that we have experienced these together. It will come as no surprise then that it can be very difficult when we must say goodbye.
This week, JMF families will kick-off the holiday season with a performance of The Nutcracker, and will do so free of charge, due to the generosity of Indianapolis Ballet. JMF is grateful to share this experience with the children and families that we serve, and asked Indy Ballet to answer some questions about why this type of giving is so important to them.
Eric Yancy has served on JMF’s Board of Directors since the establishment of the Foundation in 2008. He is a pediatrician, with a passion for vocal music, community theatre, and serving children of ALL abilities. Read on to discover why Eric believes deeply in the Joseph Maley Foundation’s mission and programs, and why he thinks others should too.
Kert Toler is one of JMF’s newest board members! Kert loves to coach and play soccer, and enjoys both his time outdoors, and his time with family. Keep reading to find out why Kert joined JMF’s board, and why he continues to support our mission, “serving children of ALL abilities”.
JMF board member, Lisa Kayes, is a former elementary school teacher with a love for cooking, traveling, and historical fiction. Lisa has been witness to the Joseph Maley Foundation’s inception and continued growth, and is passionate about the work that JMF is doing in the central Indiana community.