What a month it’s been! On November 1st, we launched our “30 Days of Thanks” campaign with a goal to gain fifteen more Fan Club members by Giving Tuesday on November 29th. On each day in November, we posted on Facebook and Instagram all the things we, as staff, volunteers, and participants, are thankful for. Needless to say, we are thankful for so much!
On Giving Tuesday, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation had a special surprise – they announced that they would match donations to nonprofits made through Facebook. This matching gift gave ESP the chance to double our impact through the help of our community.
We then knew that we had a new goal to reach; we would use our donations from Tuesday to create a Sensory Room for our participants! This room would help all of our participants with sensory processing disorders by providing a calming space filled with special objects and lighting. We have seen a need for this therapeutic room for a long time, and we were so excited to have this opportunity to allow it to come to fruition!
With your help, we SURPASSED both of our goals, gaining TWENTY new Fans over the course of the month and by NOON on Giving Tuesday we reached our goal of $1,000. The day went on and we were overjoyed to also surpass that goal by the end of the day with $1,800 of donations towards the sensory space!
We previewed the Sensory Room at the Jolly Jubilee – filled with snow, of course!
I feel incredibly honored to have played a role in turning our goals into realities. I felt extremely nervous going into the month – I’d never done anything like this before. Through the confidence, support, and assistance of the staff, we worked together to exceed expectations. If I’ve learned anything this semester at ESP, it’s that no one goes it alone. Everyone works with each other to ensure success – and that is what I’m most thankful for this month – and every month.
Throughout all of November, we shared with you what we’re thankful for. But truly, what we’re most thankful for is YOU. We are thankful for your support and love for our participants and what we do.
From all of us here at ESP, we wish you peace and joy during this holiday season.
Amanda McMillon, Development Intern