This NTX Giving Day, why give to My Possibilities?
This Plano-based non-profit has blossomed in its 15 years of service to North Texas adults with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities (IDD), all thanks to compassionate community donors like you.
Adrienne Mageors, My Possibilities director of marketing and communications, says last year the organization raised approximately $325,000 during the NTX Giving season.
“Our current annual gap in state funding is $5,500 per year/per HIPster (Hugely Important People); that’s about $275,000. So the funds we raise from North Texas Giving Day help offset that gap. Additionally, funds from Giving Day help support our current programming and our new programming through the Employment Innovations School, powered by Bread Financial.”
Ribbon-cutting for this new Employment Innovations School will be from 9-10 a.m. Sept. 21; doors open for its new semester Oct. 2.
The school’s nine-month program offers three different levels: pre-vocation, general vocation and “track specific,” meaning participants can choose among six different career tracks and acquire certifications for industries such as technology and food service, among others.
Currently, My Possibilities and its 116-member staff serve 500 people weekly, both daily on campus and supported through community employment opportunities. The new Employment Innovation School powered by Bread Financial enables services for 300 additional HIPsters.
Coincidentally, My Possibilities and NTX Giving both celebrate 15th anniversaries this year.
“My Possibilities started with the power and passion of three moms scribbling ideas for education and employment programs on the backs of coffee napkins. Now, instead of being tucked away in a strip center, we have a new building and a new campus, soon serving 800,” Mageors says.
The public is invited to attend the ribbon cutting, which will also include live broadcasting by 105.3 The Fan radio from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
DID YOU KNOW?260,000 people in North Texas have an Intellectual and/or Developmental Disability (IDD).
8% of adults with IDD are employed in the community.
52% of adults with cognitive disabilities leave high school without a diploma.
62% of parents of adults with disabilities don’t have a plan for the future.
“Through generous community support, HIPsters bloom, blossom and stand tall in the crowd; they deserve the same opportunities as everyone else,” says Adrienne Mageors, My Possibilities director of marketing and communications.
Early giving is underway for NTX Giving Day, which ends at 11:59 p.m. Sept. 21.
Give now to My Possibilities.
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