March 3, 2019
Re: Putting the Pieces to together for World Autism Awareness Month (April 2019)
We would like to introduce you to “P.L.A.Y.S.” which stands for “Parents Lending Autistic Youth Support Association”, which was established in the City of North Bay in July of 2012.
Our Association was established when we saw a real need to be filled in our community to support families and youth affected by Autism. We are a connected group of parents, support workers, professionals and family members who advocate for parents and children with autism.
Unfortunately, lack of government funding and cutbacks has affected families with children on the Autism and does not allow the same access to group activities as other children. One of the areas most affected is the lack of “Respite Dollars” to pay workers who assist our children during activities, provide a safe play and learning environment, and give parents with children with autism a break. Our children would not be able to attend activities without the assistance of a one-to-one support worker.
Over the past years, we have continued to grow our organization, as more children are diagnosed with autism every year. We offer programs including: Parent Support Group Meetings, SibShops, Cooking Class, Lego Building, Teen Bowling, Dance/Yoga/Craft Group, March/Summer Break Camps, PA Day Camps, Holiday Event Parties (Christmas, Halloween & Valentine’s Day) just to name a few.
We are reaching out to businesses to support us for our fundraising campaign for World Autism Awareness Month this April 2019. We are hoping businesses will support this endeavor by selling puzzle pieces from April 2nd (World Autism Awareness Day!) to April 8th for $2 each which customer can put their name on the piece and can be displaced in the store wherever it is convenient. We will provide a package with instructions, puzzle pieces, markers, and donation boxes. We will pick everything up April 8th.
For more information on our Association, Upcoming Events/Programs and Support, please visit us at www.northbayplays.com or link to our Facebook page. We can also be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by Phone: (Kim) 705-477-3643/ (Shannon) 705-845-1340.
Thank you in advance,
Kimberly Kelly-Cyr and Shannon Berger, Co-Founders
400 McKeown Avenue, North Bay, ON P1B 2C2