For Immediate Release
Thank you for making 2017 so memorable
January 1, 2018
THANK YOU for making 2017 an incredible year at Easterseals. There were ups and downs and uncertainty across the nation, but you stood up for people with disabilities, people facing disadvantages, and veterans. Your overwhelming support and generosity did not go unnoticed. In a time when we needed you, you were there. Thank you!
This year, with your support, we served more than 5,500 individuals. This means that more than 5,500 individuals made important progress toward breaking down barriers to employment! As a result of your support, more than 625 of these individuals achieved employment, and with an average hourly wage of $10.17. That makes an anticipated total of more than $9MM in annual earnings! WOW!
Check out the inspiring stories of just a few of the individuals we serve in these videos.
Other milestones your support made possible:
- Special events raised more than $400,000, with nearly 1,000 guests attending.
- You gave voice to the voiceless! Your advocacy protected Medicaid, CHIP, and removed several problematic provisions from the final tax bill.
- When thieves stole $9,000 worth of tools from our Building Value employment training program, you rallied in support and kept us going!
- Easterseals employees raised a collective $13,000—a testament to how much we believe in what we do, and how grateful we are to be a part of your community! Here’s what $13,000 supports:
- Two participants’ driving and safety certifications through the Building Value training program
- One year of participation in our Neighborhood Hub program for one individual.
- A month’s worth of transportation for ten local veterans
- Ten individuals attending a Work and Grow site for one day
- A week of Adult Day services for an individual with disabilities
- One amazing community outing for the individuals we serve
- And so much more!
None of this would have been possible without the support of our community! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Thank you for supporting Easterseals. Thank you for believing in the work we do. And most importantly, thank you for supporting the individuals we serve.
All figures are from preliminary 2017 data and may be subject to change.