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The 2021 Catalog of Giving has launched! View the Catalog now at http://catalogofgiving.wildwoodprograms.org/. 

Presented by KeyBank and Whiteman, Osterman and Hanna LLP, and honoring the Daggett Family, the Catalog of Giving serves as the Wildwood Foundation’s premiere fundraising event. Your generosity strengthens our community and mission to enrich the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their loved ones.

Throughout this unique, interactive alternative to our Spring Gala, we share stories of several Wildwood families and the impact they have made on Wildwood’s staff, supported individuals, and the larger community. We are inspired by their dedication to our cause and mission, and hope you feel the same

We are excited to announce details for this year's interactive, virtual fundraiser! 

 

Please join us April 16-18 when the Wildwood Foundation hosts the 2021 Catalog of Giving, honoring the Daggett family and presented by KeyBank.  
 
Thanks to the success of last year's catalog (available for viewing HERE) and the continued uncertainty revolving around in-person events, we are opting to once again celebrate from the comfort of our own homes and host an online fundraiser in lieu of the Wildwood Foundation's Spring Gala. 

 

The Catalog of Giving is an interactive storytelling platform that showcases the continued successes and needs of our organization that supports over 3,000 people and families with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We cannot wait to share the stories of some incredible families that support Wildwood and highlight a few of the many creative and adaptive accomplishments that have been achieved during such an extraordinary year. We hope that this is an experience that brings forth feelings of hope for the future and the inspiration to make a difference. 

 

2021's Catalog launch will come with new features! We are adding to the viewing experience with a dedicated giving website, special opportunities to be a Visionary Partner and receive an accompanying Charcuterie party pack/toast, and more!  

 

The generosity and support of our community is at the heart and soul of Wildwood, and we couldn't do it without you. If you or your business/organization is interested in being a founding part of this unique fundraising event, please consider joining us as a sponsor or Visionary Partner!

 

Learn about sponsorship opportunities and benefits at: https://www.wildwoodprograms.org/index.php/sponsor-form
Learn more about becoming a Visionary Partner: https://www.wildwoodprograms.org/index.php/visionary-partnership
 

On January 1st, I began my new role as CEO/Executive Director of Wildwood Programs, and though many of you know me already, I thought it would make sense for me to introduce myself in greater detail in this edition of Reaching Out.

I’ve worked in the disability services field for 27 years, where I’ve held several DSP positions and different management roles during my career. Among other jobs, I’ve been a TA, a DSP, and a job coach and I’ve led employment and day support departments. From there, I’ve gone on to positions as head of strategic development and, most recently, as chief operating officer. I came to Wildwood 12 years ago and it has been four years since I was appointed COO.

By Maggie Pascucci, LMSW

            

Lindsay Parker is a registered nurse (RN) who came to Wildwood five years ago after her husband Jarrod, at that time a Wildwood employee himself, encouraged her to apply for an open nursing position in the residential department. Jarrod loved both working for Wildwood and the values at the core of the agency and knew that Lindsay would be a perfect fit for the position. After Lindsay applied and was interviewed by Kari Van Denburgh, the director of nursing, she was hired and excited to join the nursing team.

By Michelle Singh, Coordinator of Family Support Services

           

Everyone is tired of talking about, thinking about and living through COVID-19. I know. We are also well aware of the “thank you” messaging being publicly generated to frontline workers, medical providers, first responders and of course, people who work directly with individuals with disabilities, including school employees, direct support professionals and clinical staff. Then there are those who also lie at the heart of the organization – our families.

Many families who support a loved one with a disability have had little to no breaks in their roles of being the caregivers and providers. With regular services such as community habilitation and respite being interrupted for a variety of reasons due to the pandemic, families have often been left to manage life at home on their own. 

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