Thank you to everyone who has purchased tickets for this raffle, your contribution truly makes a difference. All proceeds will be used to support people with disabilities in our community including our newest program for young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Many thanks to Ted’s of Charltonfor donating this very rare and sought-after bottle of Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 23 year old bourbon whiskey! (Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve | 23 Year Old |Bottle # M1005)
The winner that was drawn randomly from all of the entries is…
Brandon Stowe, Cheshire, CT
Winner must pick up prize in person at Venture’s main office at 1 Picker Road, Sturbridge, MA no later than March 15 and sign for bottle. Must be 21+ to win.
Thank you for your generosity this holiday season! We are so grateful for your contribution to our Giving Tree program, especially during such a challenging year. We are inspired by the kindness of community members like you who are committed to making the holidays great for the people we support.
The gifts you donated were specifically requested items for individuals in our programs—each and every gift was personally selected especially for them.
Thank you again for helping us to provide holiday cheer. Happy New Year from Venture Community Services!
Shop & Donate at the Same Time: Did you know that you can support Venture while you shop at Amazon? All you have to do is visit: smile.amazon.com and select Venture Community Services as your charity of choice. That’s it! The Amazon Foundation will donate .5% of all purchases to Venture. Amazon Smile now also works in the Amazon mobile app. Just activate it in your settings.
Once again, our annual Wine & Beer Festival was a great success! Thank you for your generous contribution to our event. In addition to providing essential funding, it was an excellent opportunity for our friends and supporters to learn more about the valuable work we do.
Your generosity helps us to grow and continually develop programs and initiatives that will help to provide the people we support with the highest quality of life. We are proud to report that 100% of donated dollars are used for programming, never toward operating costs. We strive to maintain a robust donation reserve fund, which is used for providing the individuals we support with services, equipment and experiences beyond the scope of what their financial status allows. Additionally, our fundraising allows us to operate our Community Outreach Program, which provides social and recreational opportunities for both the individuals we support and others with disabilities in our neighborhoods.
We are so grateful for the support of the businesses and individuals like you in the community that believe in our mission. We look forward to sharing our future successes with you.
Thank you to all who supported of our 22nd Annual Charity Golf Classic! We are truly grateful for community partners like you who help us to make a difference in the lives of the people we support.
Your generosity helps us to continually develop programs and initiatives that will help to provide the people we support with the highest quality of life. The proceeds from our fundraising events are set aside to specifically offer direct assistance to the people we support and others in our community – these funds are never used for general operating expenses. We are able to offer sensory-friendly events for kids with autism, free adaptive yoga to our participants, family fun events, assistive technology, adaptive equipment, holiday gifts and more.
We hope you will join us again next year on Friday, June 19, 2020.
Following the success of our Sensory-Friendly Halloween Party in October, we have decided to host another free community event for families of children with autism in the Blackstone Valley area.
We will be hosting our first Sensory-Friendly Spring Fling on Thursday, April 19th from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm at our Community Day Program and 670 Douglas Street in Uxbridge. Join us for fun spring-themed sensory activities, gardening projects, adaptive yoga designed especially for kids, musical entertainment featuring drum circles, and more!
Entertainment and drum circles will be provided by Mike Leo Drum Circles and Rhythm-Based Entertainment. Mike is a great performer with many years of experience working with individuals with disabilities. He gets everyone involved in making music however they feel comfortable! He has tons of different percussion instruments available for kids to experiment with.
Adaptive yoga sessions will be held at 4:30, 5:00, and 5:30 with Lisa Irvine, an occupational therapist and certified yoga instructor. Lisa is also certified through our partnership with Shri Yoga, which provides training to lead evidence-based adaptive classes for many different populations, including children, individuals with developmental disabilities, and individuals with autism and other sensory disorders.
Other activities will be facilitated by Venture’s own experienced clinicians and trained staff members, such as sensory exploration, gardening projects, crafts, and make-your-own snacks. Kids will also have access to our two state-of-the-art sensory rooms for quiet space if needed.
We hope you’ll be able to join us! Click here for more information about our Sensory-Friendly Spring Fling. Please RSVP to Paige Mador at 774-922-1135 or firstname.lastname@example.org with the number of children and adults attending.
Don’t forget to order your tickets for the upcoming 13th Annual Wine & Beer Festival. Join us on Thursday, November 2nd at 5:30 pm at Old Sturbridge Village’s Oliver Wight Tavern to sip, sample and support! We are grateful to be working with our generous sponsor, Ted’s Package Store of Charlton, once again this year. Many thanks for their support over the years!
We are also excited to welcome 19 Crimes, who will be hosting a photo booth with your customized photo printed on a bottle of wine for the first 100 guests. 19 Crimes has been named the 2017 Wine Brand of the Year – click here to check out a video about their interesting history.
Guests will also enjoy snacks from Old Sturbridge Village – including the famous mashed potato bar – and games to win prizes. This year’s raffle will be an awesome wagon fully equipped to stock your home bar, complete with beer, wine, liquor and mixers. We hope you can join us! Click here to buy your tickets in advance.
For many children, Halloween is an exciting time of year. Choosing a costume, trick or treating, parties with friends, celebrations at school, and other autumn activities can be a lot of fun. But for children with autism or other sensory processing concerns, it can be stressful. Here are some helpful tips to make Halloween fun for everyone:
Prepare your child by talking with them about what to expect when trick-or-treating. Show them a movie or read them a book where other children are trick-or-treating. You might even try using different rooms in your house to practice knocking on the door and saying “trick or treat”. You could also do a practice run at the home of a family member or friend.
Lots of children with sensory concerns are very sensitive to different clothing items. Halloween costumes can be itchy, tight, awkward, or otherwise just plain uncomfortable! Have your child try on their costume and spend a couple hours wearing it around the house so they can get used to it. This will allow you time to make adjustments if necessary, like cutting off tags or layering over a more comfortable shirt. Click here for more about sensory-friendly costumes and be sure to check out Pinterest for lots of great ideas.
Help your child identify which candies they like, and let them know about some types that can turn your mouth a different color, get stuck in your teeth, or be very sour.
Pumpkin carving is a great Halloween tradition. For many kids, the sensory experience of playing with “pumpkin guts” can be really fun! However, others might not enjoy that sensation. There are other ways to incorporate jack-o-lanterns besides carving – kids can decorate pumpkins with paint or stickers instead. Click here for some great ideas that don’t include carving.
If your child is going trick-or-treating and has trouble communicating, you can make a card that says something like, “Hello, my name is ______ and I have autism. I might have trouble saying ‘trick or treat’ or ‘Happy Halloween’ but I am trying my best. Thank you!” Your child could hand it to the person answering the door or you could attach it to their treat bucket. Click here for a printable card or create a customized one.
Don’t feel pressured to participate in trick-or-treating (or any other activities for that matter) if they don’t work for your child. It’s not for everyone, and that’s okay. You might have just as much fun staying in for movie night!
Venture will also be hosting its first Sensory-Friendly Not-So-Spooky Halloween Event on Thursday, October 26th from 4 – 6 pm at our Community Day Services Program, 670 Douglas Street, Uxbridge, Mass. The event is free and focused for children 12 and under with autism and other sensory concerns. Event volunteers will include clinicians and direct care staff with experience working with people with special needs. Activities will include practice trick or treating, scavenger hunt for prizes, activities, games, crafts, snacks, and access to our sensory room for a quiet space if needed. Please RSVP with number of people attending to email@example.com.
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