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

Let’s Connect!

View photos from

HUG’s 2018 Annual Fashion Event

Beyond Beautiful

“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

“HUG is a great organization for people with special needs to find various activities in the community. I am so grateful to find HUG because I just moved to Clearwater, Florida and I needed to make friends my own age. Now, I have lots of friends and I have a full calendar filled with fun activities.”

Neetha ErukullaHUG Ambassador, Volunteer

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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
    Loading Events

    Upcoming Events

    December 2018

    Combo Dance Class (Ages 3-6)

    Monday, December 17 · 12:00 am - 1:00 pm
    |Recurring Event (See all)

    An event every week that begins at 12:00am on Monday, repeating until Tuesday, December 18, 2018

    Dancing for Donations, 1076 E Brandon Blvd #101
    Brandon, FL 33511 United States
    + Google Map
    See Description

    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…

    Find out more »

    Indoor Open Play at K Peas Place Westchase

    Monday, December 17 · 9:30 am - 11:00 am
    |Recurring Event (See all)

    An event every week that begins at 9:30am on Monday, repeating until Monday, December 31, 2018

    K Peas Place, 13966 Lynmar Blvd.
    Tampa, FL 33626
    + Google Map

    Blending children and caregivers into an enriching, spacious and safe atmosphere to connect, play, and celebrate together… Children ages birth- 6 years come to enjoy time socializing,  exercising their imaginations through play…

    Find out more »

    Growing Together Playgroup (registration required)

    Monday, December 17 · 9:30 am - 10:30 am
    |Recurring Event (See all)

    An event every week that begins at 9:30am on Monday, repeating until Monday, December 17, 2018

    Baby Bungalow, 3108 W. Azeele St. FL 33609 United States + Google Map

    Growing Together is a five-week developmental playgroup for confidently walking one year olds.  This class is led by a trained facilitator and targets early childhood development through music, singing, rhymes, parachute play, and fine…

    Find out more »

    Indoor Open Play at K Peas Place

    Monday, December 17 · 10:15 am - 11:30 am
    |Recurring Event (See all)

    An event every week that begins at 10:15am on Monday, repeating until Monday, July 1, 2019

    An event every week that begins at 12:15pm on Monday, repeating until Monday, July 1, 2019

    An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, July 2, 2019

    An event every week that begins at 12:30pm on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, July 3, 2019

    An event every week that begins at 9:30am on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, July 4, 2019

    An event every week that begins at 9:00am on Friday, repeating until Friday, July 5, 2019

    An event every week that begins at 10:45am on Friday, repeating until Friday, July 5, 2019

    K Peas Place, 13966 Lynmar Blvd.
    Tampa, FL 33626
    + Google Map

    Blending children and caregivers into an enriching, spacious and safe atmosphere to connect, play, and celebrate together… Children ages birth- 6 years come to enjoy time socializing,  exercising their imaginations through play and explore through sensory creative arts. …

    Find out more »

    Wonder Years Playgroup

    Monday, December 17 · 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    |Recurring Event (See all)

    An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, January 2, 2019

    Baby Bungalow, 3108 W. Azeele St. FL 33609 United States + Google Map

    Wonder Years: A 5-week playgroup for children 24 to 36 months of age.  This group is led by a facilitator and uses play, music, stories and more to foster toddlers’ growing independence, self-regulation and…

    Find out more »

    Intermediate Ballet (6 and up)

    Monday, December 17 · 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    |Recurring Event (See all)

    An event every week that begins at 2:00pm on Monday, repeating until Wednesday, December 19, 2018

    Dancing for Donations, 1076 E Brandon Blvd #101
    Brandon, FL 33511 United States
    + Google Map
    See Description

    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…

    Find out more »
    + Export Events
    View All Events