Each month Abundance is highlighting a local non-profit that benefits our community, collecting funds for that project through donations made both at our registers (Round Up*) and online (Paypal) via our website, email communications, and social media channels.
April is National Autism Awareness Month, and this month the co-op will be supporting AutismUP. AutismUp is the leading 501(c)3 autism support organization in the Greater Rochester and surrounding areas. Founded in 2004, by a small group of parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, AutismUp has grown to include more than 2,500 family and professional member households.
Bookmark this page to keep up to date with how much we collect as a store, and contribute to this awesome program!
*Round Up is a program where shoppers can donate, or Round UP, to the cause of the month at the register when they are checking out with their groceries. This is done in the store. This year we started developing web pages for our collection drives and collecting money online for those various endeavors. We track all the money we make, and one hundred percent of the money is given to the charity/cause. Abundance shoppers and shareholders have been giving back to the community by rounding up their purchase totals since 2014!
Get to know AutismUP
OUR MISSION To support individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and their families, by expanding and enhancing opportunities to improve quality of life. Parent perspective steers the direction of the organization, with the fiduciary guidance of our Board of Directors. Together, we are providing help for today, and hope for tomorrow.
OUR VISION To be the premier model of community support and inclusion for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder by expanding and enhancing opportunities to improve quality of life.
Established in 2004, AutismUp is the leading not-for-profit autism support organization for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and their families, in the Greater Rochester and surrounding areas.
It all started with four moms in a coffee shop, talking late into the night about interventions they were using to help their kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). As with many parents who receive a diagnosis of ASD for their child, they were looking for support. These moms would find out from each other different programs and therapies that were available for their children, locally and nationally. They quickly realized that if they hadn’t found each other and begun to share this information, where would they have gone to get it? There was a gigantic gap in available resources, access to support and information and a total lack of communication about the rising autism epidemic locally, and nationally.
AutismUp is anchored by three guiding principles:
Support … for individuals with autism spectrum disorder, and their families.
Opportunity … to develop social, sensory, readiness, fitness and recreation skills through customized education programs.
Success … our goal is to promote personal success at every age and ability.