The FANS Network is a group of people, who are committed to enhancing the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities. They help in a variety of ways, both big and small, and its members believe that the journey of life is better when people help and support each other.
Below are the various initiatives FANS members can be a part of:
Caring Craftsmen Team
The Caring Craftsmen Team work with individuals with disabilities and their families who are in need of support. Their task is to help with needs around the home, such as drywall repair, roof patching, floor repair, ramp building and installation, railing installation, painting and furniture assembly. Click here to download a flyer.
Make Their Day, Meet a Need, or Make a Memory!
Make Their Day Teams provide small customized care packages or meals. Make a Memory Teams donate sports tickets, concert tickets, amusement park tickets, and fancy restaurant gift cards to provide experiences to people who would otherwise not experience those things. Meet a Need Teams provide grocery gift cards or fuel cards to individuals and families in crisis.
Give your employees a quick break! A small group of people with disabilities will come to your office to provide you with snacks. You can schedule a date and time with us and we’ll show up with snacks to share. We will stay a few minutes and will leave a jar full of candy for your front office to enjoy. Click here for a flyer.
The Give Back Crew is a group of folks who volunteer at different community events and causes throughout our county, as a way to say thank you to the support shown by our community for people with developmental disabilities. The Give Back Crew consists of professionals in the field, individuals with disabilities, family members, community partners and people from the FANS Network. Volunteer opportunities are sent out on a regular basis and you can choose to help if your schedule allows. Click here to download a flyer.
All too often people with disabilities do not have a full web of relationships and are not active members of their own communities. I-Connect is a grassroots initiative where members of the community volunteer and are paired with a person with a disability around their same age. The volunteers have two primary roles – to support the person in participating in activities they enjoy and to help the person meet and get to know others. The I-Connect volunteer takes on the role of ‘social guide’ for the individual. Click here for a flyer.
Party With A Purpose
Faculty started it all off by throwing a party and invited individuals with disabilities and their families to have fun and meet new friends. Parties, picnics, and fun nights like this are now thrown by colleges, schools, churches, groups, businesses, and families. The simple purpose is to bring people together, have fun, develop friendships, and to welcome people with disabilities and their families.
Game Night is a fun time for people with disabilities to play some popular card and board games and to meet new friends. It is also an opportunity for them to learn and practice positive social skills. Staff at SHC/The Arc of Medina County plan and coordinate the evening, and each session focuses on a different social or friendship skill. We need a variety of volunteers (over 13 years old) to join in on the fun and assist the staff in creating a fun and friendly learning environment.
For more information about any of these FANS Network initiatives, call 330-722-1900.