COMMUNITY PROJECTS

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Special Olympics

October

 

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports, training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families and other Special Olympics athletes and the community. 

ASMC members volunteer at the Madison County Special Olympics Track and Field Event in various roles such as escorts for the athletes, timers, measurers are coordinated, organizedand managed by the Special Olympics Track and Event Committee. This committee is thefoundation for a successful event and includes members from the participant schoolsystems and volunteers from many professional walks of life.

Heroes' Week

November

 

Wounded warriors from across the country are brought to North Alabama for a “Welcome Home” which many never received due to their injuries.  This event gives the local community the opportunity to show their appreciation and recognition of these service members, their spouses and caregivers.  

Veteran Memorial Service

Service members are honored at a Veterans' Day breakfast and parade, Marine Corps Birthday celebration, fishing tournament, yacht cruises on Lake Guntersville, aerial tours of north Alabama by private pilots and numerous lunches and dinners hosted by local organizations and businesses.  ASMC supports this event by manning the information desk providing schedule and other logistical information to Heroes Week participants throughout the week.

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Salvation Army Angel Tree

December

 

The Angel Tree program involves the community in sharing with those less fortunate in our community.  The program acts as a link for donors to provide gifts of new clothing and toys to thousands of children, disabled or special needs, who otherwise might not have anything for Christmas.  Recipient (Angels) wish lists are placed at Angel Tree locations for adoption from families within the community.  ASMC supports this event by operating the Angel Tree booth to assist donors with the process of adopting angels and collecting the donated items.

 

National Children's Advocacy Center Holiday Party

December

 

This NCAC provides a holiday dinner for families who are participating in the Healthy Family Program.  This program teaches parenting skills to young moms and dads who have risk factors in their lives such as poverty, trying to balance school and parenting, lack of family emotional support, etc.  

Restaurant Party Celebration

Participants in this program also include the Child Wise Program (located on Redstone Arsenal), which offers a children’s play group and support services to parents serving in the military, and the Partnership in Parenting Program, which aims to serve fathers and/or any parent living in Madison County, AL, interested in learning about positive parenting and healthy marriage/relationship and co-parenting skills.

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Dog Ball

February

 

The Greater Huntsville Humane Society (GHHS) is dedicated to furthering the humane care and treatment of animals and providing adoption services for the unwanted and homeless.  The Humane Society’s main goal is to help find homes for at least 500 pets or more each year and remain committed to furthering the humane treatment, education and respect for animals.

Habitat for Humanity

March

 

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that helps families build and improve places to call home.  ASMC wishes to provide assistance through various efforts from assisting in building houses to needed administrative work.

Replacing Tiles
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National Children's Advocacy Center 5K & Fun Run

December

 

The Superheroes 5K & Fun Run provides funding for local programs, programs and services, and advocacy efforts that will improve the lives of children affected by child abuse.  In addition to the 5K and Fun Run, participants dress as their favorite superhero and participate in a costume contest.

Stand Down Together Huntsville

April

 

The members of Stand Down Together Huntsville want to continue what had begun in San Diego during the spring of 1988. It is estimated that more than 100,000 homeless veterans have received assistance at Stand Downs. This event will give our homeless veterans some time to rest and recover from the day-to-day living on the streets, in alleys, under bridges, in cars or wherever they can find shelter.  Veterans will be informed of community, federal and state services and will receive donated items including personal care products.  ASMC will host a donation drive in support of this event.

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Whistlestop Festival

May

 

Whistle-stop is a unique and exciting community gathering held on the grounds of the Historic Huntsville Depot during the first weekend in May.  Proceeds from this event support the history education initiatives of the Early Works Family of Museums. 

Relay for Life

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Relay For Life is a community-based fundraising event for the American Cancer Society. Each year, more than 5,000 Relay For Life events take place in over twenty countries. Events are held in local communities, campus universities and in virtual worlds. As the American Cancer Society's most successful fundraiser and the organization's signature event, the mission of Relay For Life is to raise funds to improve cancer survival, decrease the incidence of cancer, and improve the quality of life for cancer patients and their caretakers.

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Helping Hands
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