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Dear Via West Families and Friends,

As we enjoy this wonderful Spring weather, we at Via West Campus have some exciting news to share with you: KaBOOM!, the national non-profit dedicated to the bold goal of ensuring that all children get the balance of active play they need to come healthy and successful adults, has accepted our grant application for a brand-new, accessible playground at VWC using customized products from Playworld Systems. We’re in the final stages of completing the packet for a Silicon Valley-based funding partner to consider, and need your help with just one step.

If you are willing to have your name placed on a petition stating you “are supporting the project and the importance of play in every child’s life”, please email simply by typing “yes”. We hope that all of you can support that statement.

Furthermore, if you are interested in participating in a Design Day kick-off meeting, being on the Planning Committee, or joining us on Build Day (most likely Friday, August 26), please let us know by return email as well. We recognize that scheduling constraints make it tough to commit, but at this point we’re asking only for a show of interest.

On behalf of the wonderful children, teens and adults with disabilities that we serve, thank you for a show of support!

Warm regards,

Sandy Keefe, MSN, RN

Grants & Research Manager

SV Gives

On May 3, 2016, you have the opportunity to join with thousands of area residents to show your support for Via Services during Silicon Valley Gives.

How you can participate with us:

1. Mark May 3, 2016 on your calendar with this link:

2. Follow Via Services on Facebook to get updates about SV Gives and to help build the buzz

3. Spread the word! Forward this to family and friends and encourage them to support Via Services on May 3, 2016.

For 71 years, Via Services has helped individuals with disabilities and special needs achieve greater self-sufficiency and lead richer lives. At Via West Campus, children and adults with a wide array of challenges join in culinary arts classes, learn to get themselves up and ready for a day of fun in the sun, pile into vans for community integration outings to practice money management, practice leadership skills by co-leading art lessons, and master technology that helps them organize their day. They develop work-related skills at their own pace as they plan and harvest from the garden and greenhouse, prepare and serve meals in the dining hall, staff carnival games and booths for their peers, master hygiene and make-up techniques in a mock spa, demonstrate collaboration and teamwork on group projects, and maintain their living lodges.

Those who achieve a level of competency can join in a series of vocational programs known as Adventures in Leadership during their stays at VWC. This year, the Bernard A. Newcomb Foundation will match donations made to Via Services through SV Gives, dollar for dollar, up to $25,000, to support pre-vocational and vocational learning campus-wide. These funds will allow us to purchase electronic organizers and professional quality culinary equipment for hands-on classes, hire a job coach and coordinator for visits to actual work sites, establish additional pre-vocational experiences around office work and facility maintenance, and strengthen ties with area employers.

    Help spread the excitement! Tell your friends and family about Via Services and the great work that we do to help individuals with disabilities and special needs lead richer lives. They can get involved too by donating on May 3rd.

    Be our champion and help us reach our SV Gives goal of $25,000! These funds will help us serve over 3,900 families in our First Step and Via West programs. Even a small donation makes a difference in the lives of our clients and their families! We can’t wait to celebrate the difference your generosity will make!

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