DC Abilities Expo Wrap Up

The Abilities Expo was a humbling and eye opening experience. Being there as a consumer is one thing but being there and interacting and talking with public as an organization is a completely different experience. We found out some great information and found other organizations to work with.

After talking with many people, we are definitely on the right track and Drive For Independence is a much needed organization. We are looking forward to more opportunities and want to grow and expand all over the country and we will definitely be pursuing our 501(c)3 status in the new year.

We hope to attend the Abilities Expo in May and would definitely like to attend the DC Expo again. A big thank you to our sponsors Meeting Well and Mobility Works for making our trip possible and being able to share Drive For Independence in a new community!

We look forward to what the new year will bring and the anticipation of future Abilities Expos!

 

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Fun at the Mommy and Me Gingerbread Class

We had a great time at our first Mommy and Me Gingerbread House class. I (Heather) had fun teaching the snowmen and reindeer decorating while Tammy taught various techniques for making their houses unique and creative! The teams did such a wonderful job making such pretty houses! Thank you to the moms who joined us with their kids! We hope you enjoyed the evening as much as we did.

If you couldn’t join us last night, Join us Dec. 19th 10am-12pm at Valley View Alliance Church in Hellam.

Here are some pictures from last night! Enjoy!

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Thank You for a Successful Bazaar

We’d like to to thank everyone who helped make our first annual Drive For Independence Holiday Bazaar a success! It was a great day despite the slow traffic.

We had a gorgeous space, wonderful organic, gluten-free, and vegan food options, and yummy chicken corn soup for starters. We had an awesome group of supportive vendors, many unique handmade goods such as soaps, candles, jewelry, and decor as well as favorite home-based vendors such as Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple, Perfectly Posh, and LulaRoe.  Santa also stopped by for a visit! We even had visits from ABC27 (ABC27 Story) and CBS21 (Local21 Story). Use the blue links to visit. Thank you to everyone who made the day a success!

Our ticket auction alone raised $70! After all expenses we were able to raise 189.35! Thank you for helping to raise money towards our start-up and program costs as we work towards helping adults with disabilities get the transportation they need for work and fulfilling their goals!

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Come visit us at The First Annual DC Abilities Expo

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Come visit Drive For Independence in Booth 116. We are extremely excited to be there! We were invited to be a part of the Expo and cannot thank our sponsors, Meeting Well and MobilityWorks, enough for making this trip a reality!
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You’ve seen Chris test out the Mobility SVM truck at the New York/New Jersey Expo, here’s your chance to come see all the great products to make life easier! Best of all, Admission is FREE!!!!!
Check out all the exhibitors here: Abilities Expo Exhibitors

Let us know you are coming to visit Drive For Independence on Facebook:
Drive for Independence @ the DC Abilities Expo!

Mommy and Me Gingerbread Class

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We’re holding a Gingerbread Class! Our board member Tammy Bradney is an award winning cake decorator and is ready to share this great class with you! Come ready to be creative! Each mommy/child team is $25.00. The class is Saturday Dec 19th 10am- 12pm at Valley View Alliance Church (200 Alliance Ave, York, PA 17406). We have room for 12 Mommy and Me teams for this class! We currently have 7 spaces available!

You can sign up using the contact form below and pay using the friends and family link on Paypal (driveforindependence@gmail.com) or you can send a check to:
Drive For Independence
PO Box 20752
York PA17402

Checks should be made out to Heather Sloat with a memo of DFI Gingerbread class.

Let us know on Facebook if you are coming Dec. 19th!

Drive for Independence Holiday Bazaar Press Release and Flyer

FYI: We’re changing up the silent auction a little bit. Each person who comes in the door will get a ticket. To receive a second ticket bring an item for Able-Services. To receive any additional tickets to bid on items we will be doing a “Fill the Bucket”. Each Dollar donated gets you another ticket.
With $10 donated you will receive 12 tickets. With every $20 donated you will receive an arm span of tickets.

*Drive for Independence Holiday Bazaar Press Release*

We are delighted to announce a Holiday Bazaar on Saturday November 21st, 2015 to benefit Drive For Independence. Our mission with Drive For Independence is to help those with high level disabilities obtain wheelchair accessible vehicles needed to get to work and achieve their dreams for independence. We started Drive For Independence while Fundraising for Christopher Sauerbaum’ s wheelchair accessible vehicle. Chris, along with his wife and many other dedicated individuals have raised the funds for a down payment on his vehicle which was recently converted for his specific needs. After meeting his goal they decided to immediately work on paying it forward and helping others meet this same goal of being able to drive themselves to work and lead an overall more independent life.
Please join us to help support Drive For Independence and giving adults their driving independence. The event will run from 10:00am-4:00pm on November 21st and will be held at the Agape Professional Center: 907 Roosevelt Ave York PA 17404. Funds raised at the event will go towards program needs and helping future clients.  Various vendors are signed up to attend the event, ranging from one-of-a-kind handmade goods to favorites such as Thirty-One Gifts, Origami Owl, and Younique, as well as food vendors. There will be a silent auction with donations from our vendors.  We will also have pictures with Santa so bring the kids along!  We will also have a limited supply of our 2016 Drive For independence calendars available at the bazaar. They feature cars from our first 2 Upshift Summer Bash car shows. Be sure to come and get these great Christmas gifts for the car lovers in your life!
Want to help out another great organization? We are holding a supply drive for Able-Services. We will have a box at the event for donations. They offer adult day services for adults with disabilities (a Leg Up Farm program). The organization is in need of card games, board games, fitness items such a exercise mats and small weights, Wii Fit games, art and craft kits and supplies such as glue sticks, Sharpies and clothes pins. Check out their Amazon Wish list for more details.
Join us in what we hope is our first of many successful events. Our goal is to keep this going yearly and to be able to help other individuals with limited mobility to reach their dreams of working and driving as well!
For more information go to:
https://driveforindependence.wordpress.com
http://www.facebook.com/driveforindependence
FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/402398013303747/
We can be reached at driveforindependence@gmail.com or
717-991-5921.
For online donations please check out: http://www.philanthropicendeavors.org.  If donating, please mark Drive For Independence in the notes section in Paypal so it can be donated to the correct fund.

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Drive For Independence Holiday Bazaar and Calendars

We are announcing some of our upcoming fundraisers. We’ve created the calendar and our Holiday Bazaar is Saturday Nov. 21st.

Calendars are ready! They are $12.00 a piece. They are a standard 12-month wall calendar size, 11″×17″. The calendars feature winners of our first 2 Upshift Summer Bash car shows. We have a PayPal link below to order.(there is a shipping charge if we need to ship).  When you go to order you will have to input $12.00 for each calendar you want (ex 1 calendar would be $12, 2 calendars would be $24 etc.) If you need a shipping quote or have questions please use the contact form to get in touch with us before ordering. You can also order by sending a check or money order made out to Heather Sloat or Chris Sauerbaum with a note stating Drive for Independence Calendar. Send the check/money order to Drive For Independence, PO Box 20752 York PA 17402. Orders and money due by Thursday, November 5th, 2015.

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We will be holding our Holiday Bazaar Saturday November 21st, 2015 10am-4pm at the Agape Professional Center, 907 Roosevelt Ave, York PA 17404. We are looking for vendors, including a few food vendors. We are planning to have a Santa with a photographer. We are also looking for volunteers to help with a gift wrapping station. If you can give an hour or 2 of your time to help in the gift wrapping station, please let us know. Please contact us via driveforindependence@gmail.com or our Drive For Independence Face Book Page.

We would also like to help out our friends at ABLE-Services ( part of the Leg Up Farm Family) by collecting needed supplies for their program for Christmas. We will have a box at the bazaar for donations and if you have a business where you would like to place a box to collect items please contact us. here is a list of the types of items they are looking for. This is their Amazon wish list but items do not need to be purchased from Amazon and similar items may be purchased. Games, Art kits, and fitness items are favorites of Able-Services participants.
Able Services Wish List

More information about the Holiday Bazaar can be found here:Drive For Independence Holiday Bazaar