Adaptive Yoga & Mindfulness

Our virtual classes are led by certified yoga instructor, Lisa Irvine, of Brave Yoga for All in partnership with Shri Service Corps.

The classes are free of charge and geared toward young adults 16 and over that may have disabilities or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  No experience is necessary, so give it a try!

 Every Thursday at 6 pm (via Zoom)  

To receive the Zoom link to join the class, please email: pmador@venturecs.org and include the participants name and age.  Please feel free to reach out with any questions.

This program is made possible through the generosity of the Hoyt Foundation.

Pappy Bourbon Winner & Thanks

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 Charlton for 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.
  • For more info: Paige Mador | 774-922-1135

We hope you can join us at one of our upcoming events:

Giving Tree -Thank You

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

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.

Happy Shopping!

Sip, Sample & Support!

THANK YOU!

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.
Check out all of the photos from the event on the Venture Facebook Page

Thank You Golfers

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.
Check out all of the photos from the Day on the Venture Facebook Page

Sensory-Friendly Spring Fling

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 pmador@venturecs.org with the number of children and adults attending.

Wine & Beer Festival Next Week – Order Your Tickets Now!

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!

This year’s event will include beer tastings from local breweries Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers in Framingham, Down the Road Beer Company in Everett, Greater Good Imperial Brewing in Williamsburg, Wormtown Brewery in Worcester, and Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island in Westerly.  We are also glad to be welcoming back local vineyard Hardwick Winery.  Other featured beverages include Sazerac bourbon, Gallo sweet wines, Josh Cabernet Sauvignon, Old New England Egg Nog, Beso del Sol Sangria, Luc Belaire Rosé, The Prisoner Red Blend, and Saldo Zinfandel.

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.

Many thanks to the distributors attending our event – Martignetti Company, Constellation Brands, Commonwealth Wine & Spirits, Atlas Distributing, Horizon Beverage, M.S. Walker, and Ruby Wines; as well as our generous sponsors:  Starkweather & Shepley, TD Bank, Cornerstone Bank, MDG Employee Benefit Solutions, WB Mason, Bank Hometown, Blum Shapiro, C.K. Smith & Company, Country Bank, Group 7 Design, and OFS Optics.

Sensory-Friendly Halloween

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 pmador@venturecs.org.

20th Annual Charity Golf Classic

Venture is looking forward to the summer with the 20th Annual Charity Golf Classic! Over the years, we have received an outpouring of community support at this event, and this year we are even more excited that the location of our golf tournament is right down the street from our brand-new day services program in Uxbridge.

If you’ve already registered – THANK YOU! We also still have plenty of registration spaces available to golfers who are interested in joining us.  Enjoy 18 holes of golf at the beautiful Blissful Meadows Golf Club in Uxbridge, including golf cart, golfer gift, continental breakfast, boxed lunch and dinner.  There are plenty of chances to win prizes, with fun games and contests on eleven holes.

After a great day out on the course, golfers will enjoy an Italian buffet dinner in the club’s new pavilion, complete with lawn games, cash bar and silent auction that will include summer trips and family outings, gift certificates, creative gift baskets, and more.

We’d also like to recognize our many generous sponsors for this event: Starkweather & Shepley, Fallon Health, MDG Employee Benefit Solutions, Southbridge Savings Bank, C.K. Smith & Company, Country Bank, Group 7 Design, OFS Optics, Arland Tool & Manufacturing, Bank Hometown, Dave’s Pest Control, Guaranty Glass & Mirror, Howe Lumber, JD LeBlanc Electric, Load Controls, Osterman Propane, Quality Van Sales, Savers Bank, Southbridge Credit Union, Al Brousseau Flooring, Cormier Jewelers, Cosgrove & Blatt, Gaudet Landscaping, Guardian Life Insurance, Stephenson & Brook, TMG Carpentry, All Star Incentive Marketing, and ACT Leasing. Thank you for your support!

Sponsorship opportunities are still available with great benefits for you and your business.

We hope you’ll consider joining us on Friday, June 16th at Blissful Meadows Golf Club for a great outing to support programs for people with disabilities, including adaptive equipment and assistive technology.  For more information, contact Paige Mador at 774-922-1135 or pmador@venturecs.org.

Register online today!