There is only so much we can each do alone.
There is so much more we can all do together.
Here are two examples off the top of my head.
A couple of Saturdays ago, we held our third Oregon Walk for Apraxia of Speech at Riverfront Park in Salem, OR. Nine teams gathered together that morning, after collecting contributions online over the course of the last few months. Together, we raised $3400 for the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America.
Ours was just one of 78 Apraxia Walks held throughout North America over the course of the year. Together, these walks provide funding for research, technology, scholarships, and SLP training that in turn help “Apraxia Kids” like our Anna and the other kids at the Salem walk.
Then just two days ago, Anna and her classmates walked from their elementary school to a nearby middle school track for their annual jog-a-thon. The kids brought home pledge envelopes the week before, and spent the hour running together to raise money for field trips for the 2013-14 school years. Teachers, staff, and parents cheered them on, marked their lap cards, and in some cases even ran with them.
And again Anna’s school was just one of several that held jog-a-thons this Fall. In each case, kids and adults came together to help the school and had a lot fun while doing it.
And a third example—an obvious one.
The Five Minute Friday community.
You prove each week that we can do so much more together.