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Giving to Sojourner House Families

sojourner-houseFor SMART’s community awareness team, the Sunshine Group, the holiday season is a great time to help others. Thanks to the efforts of Sojourner House, we were able to sponsor a family in need from their Share the Spirit Program. This program has been helping families with financial needs for the past 10 years. Manager of Immigration Advocacy, Gloria Greenfield explained that “Many of the families are getting back on their feet, are jobless, or they had been relying on the abuser for financial support.” This year was Sojourner House largest drive to date. Organizations, business, families, and individual donors supported 39 families, totaling 115 individuals.  “It’s such an amazing feeling to see the client’s faces when they realize that their holidays are totally different than what they expected and that their children will receive gifts…” said Gloria.

Sharing the Spirit

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SMART Associates gathered to pack gifts before delivering to Sojourner House.

After participating for several years, this has now become a holiday tradition for us at SMART. We were thrilled to collect and give wishlist items to local families who are starting over.  As each gift was brought in, we began to see a trend. Everyone who participated not only gave the selected wish list item but also gave a little extra. Being able to give to those who have little, reminds us all of what really matters.

About Sojourner House

For 40 years, Sojourner House has helped victims of domestic violence. As a comprehensive domestic violence agency, they primarily serve Providence and northern Rhode Island. Their services include advocacy, shelter, referrals, and other resources.  Additionally, Sojourner House works in surrounding communities providing violence prevention education programs.Learn more

 

 

SMART Associate raises Autism Awareness

Raising Funds – Autism Awareness

Autism-Awareness-CandiApril 23, 2014 – April is Autism Awareness Month. SMART Management’s Provider Relations Representative Candi Arevalo and her family are participating in The Autism Project Walk. This will be held at Goddard Park on Sunday, April 27th in honor of her wonderful son Tyler. If you would like to make a donation to help her team reach their goal please visit their fundraising page. No donation is too small … every dollar counts!!!

If you or someone you know are interested in participating, the check-in time is at 9:00 am and the walk starts at 10:00 am. However, you don’t have to participate in the walk to enjoy the Family Fun Day. This includes a reptile show, a visit from the URI Rams Football Team, cotton candy, and popcorn, obstacle course, face painting, arts and crafts, a marketplace and much more!

Autism affects a child’s ability to communicate, understand language, play and build relationships. Candi’s son, Tyler was diagnosed with Autism at the age of five. He has struggled over the years with sensory issues, communication, and overall socialization.

Fundraising organizations like The Autism Project and Autism Speaks are there to advocate, teach and support not only children but their families as well.

Candi explained that “Thanks to these organizations, Tyler has progressed enough to be a member of the Unified Special Olympics Basketball Team, a sport he absolutely loves. He has actually become renowned for his famous 3 point shot!! The support that Tyler receives from autism programs has helped him become more independent. It has also allowed him to overcome some of the many challenges of Autism.

Autism-Awareness-logoTyler has been on the honor roll every quarter since middle school! I’m grateful for the strides Tyler has made throughout his life. I attribute much of this to the wonderful programs that fundraising for Autism provides.”

Autism Facts

Did you know that Autism:

  • Now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys
  • Prevalence figures are growing
  • Is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
  • Costs a family $60,000 a year on average
  • Is nearly five times more likely in boys than girls
  • Has no medical detection or cure for autism

Learn more

SMART Raises Funds at Autism Awareness Event

Autism Awareness Month and Run to Stop MS

Autism Awareness Month April 2, 2014 – As a part of SMART Management’s established associate run community awareness efforts, in the Month of April we will be focusing on two separate but equally important causes. These are the Run to Stop MS and the Imagine Walk and Family Fun Day for Autism Awareness Month.

SMART Associates will take part in the 12th annual Imagine Walk and Family Fun Day for Autism on April 27th at Goddard Park in Warwick, RI. This event was established to show support to Rhode Island Families of children with autism. For more details or to sign up visit the Autism Project website.

Then May 3rd Associates will be lacing up their sneakers for the 6th annual Run to Stop MS 5K. The run is at Colt State Park on May 3rd in support of those who are afflicted with Multiple Sclerosis. For more details or to sign up visit the National MS Society website.

 

SMART's President during National Heart Month

National Heart Month & National Wear Red Day

SMART's President during National Heart MonthSMART Management, Inc. has established an associate run community awareness team to raise awareness of a different cause each month. February is National Heart Month. Our goal is to raise awareness of the importance of keeping your heart healthy. The hope is to empower associates to take control of their personal cardiovascular health. Symptoms of a heart attack vary between men and women. It is important that our associates are aware of the different signs, especially if heart disease runs in the family.

Wear Red Day

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February 7th is National Wear Red Day. The American Heart Association started the “Go Red for Women” campaign. This is aimed at educating the public about women and cardiovascular disease. A heart attack is the number one killer of women today. It’s called the “silent killer”. Most women do not recognize the symptoms of heart disease until it’s too late. SMART Associates participated in wearing red on this day and/or wore their “Red Dress” pins/stickers. SMART is very proud of our associates for showing their support. It’s “heart” warming to see so many willing participants.