HUG advocates for inclusion and connects people with disabilities to social events and activities

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“HelpUsGather.org was created to connect people with special needs and their families to social events and activities in the community. Feeling disconnected or isolated has a significant impact on a person’s quality of life. HUG’s mission is to help create a more inclusive world for people of all abilities.”

Robin LallyFounder

“As a child and now a young adult, I struggled with social interaction. Even now it is so nice to connect with others that share the same challenges. The website is an amazing opportunity for people of all ages with disabilities to help people with social skills and to connect with one another.”

Rachel BarcellonaMiss Southeast International 2017, Board Member CARD-USF, Ambassador Unicorn Children’s Foundation

“This website is a necessity because it allows people with disabilities or the parent of a person with a disability to easily find events in their neighborhood that can bring them together. They have a variety of choices for all ages and I truly think that this website is a positive step in uniting the special needs community.”

Katherine MagnoliMiss Wheelchair Florida 2017, Author and Radio Host

“We are so excited to have the Help Us Gather website to share our programs and help in providing information to group homes, Adult Day Training programs, parents, companions and others who work with or love the developmentally disabled.”

Horton TownesDirector, St. Paul Handicapable Ministry

“Having autism can make social situations harder for me. By finding groups and social activities created for people with disabilities, I was able to feel comfortable enough to make a really good friend. We have a great time doing things together!”

Rick Farr2nd Place winner in Bowling, Florida State Special Olympics, Brother of Robin Lally

“As a physical therapist assistant and adaptive fitness instructor I heard my client’s sadness over not being able to find a variety of programs or events to fit their social calendars. My clients have become ambassadors and they are so happy to be a part of Help Us Gather. The website is full of great information about so many great programs and events for all ages.”

Tina Tallman Founder, Me & U Fitness

“I could not be happier for being involved with such a great organization like HUG. This organization fills a great need for the special needs community in bringing it into the 21st century, which allows for awareness and acceptance to be spread faster than before. This is the reason I am proud to of become an Ambassador for HUG!”

Mark FlemmingFounder, Puzzle Piece Fitness

“One of the hardest parts of starting a nonprofit is simply getting the word out. HUG helped us do just that. In just one year, they helped grow our organization and allowed us to provide services to people we may not have connected with otherwise. HUG also helped us connect with other organizations in our area to form partnerships and share resources. They are truly building a community.”

Brianna Larson Artistic Director, Theatre eXceptional
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    November 2018

    Early Steps Playtime (Largo)

    Thursday, November 15 · 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
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    An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Thursday, repeating until Friday, December 21, 2018

    We Rock The Spectrum Clearwater, 12505 Starkey Rd
    Largo, FL 33773 United States
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    Come and meet other Early Steps families and participate in unstructured playtime with your child. NO COST for families enrolled in our Early Steps program. Contact: Paula Keyser (727) 767-4403…

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    Festival of Trees

    Friday, November 16 · 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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    The Long Center, 1501 N. Belcher Road
    Clearwater, FL 33765 United States
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    $5.00

    Festival of Trees, presented by AmeriLife is renowned in the Tampa Bay area as a family-friendly wonderland of holiday bliss and is our largest special event supporting The Arc Tampa…

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    Beginner Tap (6 & Up)

    Friday, November 16 · 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
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    An event every week that begins at 11:15am on Friday, repeating until Saturday, December 22, 2018

    Dancing for Donations, 1076 E Brandon Blvd #101
    Brandon, FL 33511 United States
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    Dancing for Donations offers dance classes for a reduced price and donates a portion of the funds to charity each month. Dancers with special needs dance alongside typical kids in…

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    Tap & Jazz 4 (6 & Up)

    Friday, November 16 · 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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    An event every week that begins at 3:00pm on Monday and Friday, repeating until Wednesday, December 19, 2018

    Dancing for Donations, 1076 E Brandon Blvd #101
    Brandon, FL 33511 United States
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    Dancing for Donations offers dance classes for a reduced price and donates a portion of the funds to charity each month. Dancers with special needs dance alongside typical kids in…

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    Thanksgiving Party

    Friday, November 16 · 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    First United Methodist Church (Friendship Hall), 401 Wood St.
    Dunedin, FL United States
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    Join the Reach Out program from First United Methodist Church at a fun, thanksgiving themed gathering!  First United Methodist Church of Dunedin hosts a 'Reach Out' program consisting of monthly…

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    Adults in Motion

    Friday, November 16 · 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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    AIM Dances provide a fun, safe, and social environment for individuals with disabilities who are aged 15 and up. Our local Astro Skate DJ will be spinning the tunes. Group…

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