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

“ 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 have found 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 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 spread faster than before. This is the reason I am proud to become an Ambassador for HUG!”

Mark FlemingFounder, 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 who 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 fill 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

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    March 2019

    Bakas Charity Horse Show Series

    Sunday, March 10 - Sunday, May 19
    Lake Park, 17302 N. Dale Mabry Hwy
    Lutz, FL 33548 United States
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    2019 Bakas Charity Open Pleasure Circuit Series A fun charity pleasure horse show series March 10 (judge Carol Nunez) April 7 (judge Katie Wells Waterford), and May 19 (judge Karen…

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    Buddy Baseball Spring Season

    Saturday, March 23
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    An event every week that begins at 12:00am on Saturday, repeating until Saturday, April 6, 2019

    Temple Terrace Family Recreation Complex, 6610 Whiteway Dr
    Tampa, FL 33617 United States
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    Buddy Baseball is a non-competitive recreational league serving the Tampa Bay community for boys and girls ages 8 to 22 with special needs.  Each player is paired with a buddy…

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    Polar Plunge

    Saturday, March 23
    Adventure Island, 10001 McKinley Dr
    Tampa, FL 33612 United States
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    Polar Plunge is an annual fundraising drive for those brrrr-ave enough to take the challenge! Participants ‒ or “plungers” ‒ raise funds to get wild and plunge into chilly water…

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    Sensory Friendly Film: Wonder Park

    Saturday, March 23
    AMC Theaters – Various Locations, 9302 Anderson Rd
    Tampa, FL 33634 United States
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    AMC is proud to partner with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where we turn the lights up, and turn the sound down, so you can get up,…

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    Adaptive Fitness

    Saturday, March 23 · 6:00 AM - 7:00 AM
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    An event every week that begins at 6:00am on Saturday, repeating until Saturday, December 28, 2019

    Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave NE
    Largo, FL 33770 United States
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    Adaptive Fitness Highland Recreation & Southwest Recreation Highland: Sat 10-11a Southwest: Wed 5:30-6:30p Ages: All Drop in or register @ Highland 727-518-3016 or Southwest 727-518-3125 Members $4/Non Members $8

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    Become a Volunteer!

    Saturday, March 23 · 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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    GiGi’s Playhouse Tampa, 3611 W Hillsborough Ave
    Tampa, FL 33614 United States
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    Volunteer Orientation 6:30pm January 8, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Free GiGi’s Playhouse Tampa relies on our amazing team of volunteers to make our Playhouse a great place for our…

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