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

“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
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    December 2018

    Sensitive Santa Meet and Greet

    Saturday, December 15 · 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    We Rock The Spectrum Tampa, 1076 E Brandon Blvd #102
    Tampa, FL 33511 United States
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    Saturday, December 15 5:00 – 8:00pm We Rock the Spectrum - Tampa 1076 E Brandon Blvd #102, Brandon, FL 33511, USA Description: Sensory Friendly Santa Hosted by CARD USF

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    Sing Joy Christmas Concert

    Saturday, December 15 · 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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    One event on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 7:30pm

    Keene Terrace Baptist Church, 1901 McMullen Rd
    Largo, FL 33771 United States
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    DEC 14th and 15th, 2018 at 7:30pm FREE CONCERT bring all of your friends! Each night will be different performers!

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    Sunday Morning Classes

    Sunday, December 16 · 9:15 am - 12:00 pm
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    An event every week that begins at 9:15am on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, December 29, 2019

    Idlewild Baptist Church, 18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd
    Lutz, FL 33548 United States
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    At Idlewild, we desire to include each person in the life of the church. Our Special Needs Ministry provides an appropriate and supportive environment for the individual impacted by a disability…

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    Sunday Morning Classes

    Sunday, December 16 · 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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    An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, December 29, 2019

    Idlewild Baptist Church, 18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd
    Lutz, FL 33548 United States
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    At Idlewild, we desire to include each person in the life of the church. Our Special Needs Ministry provides an appropriate and supportive environment for the individual impacted by a disability…

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    Destination Discovery (All Ages)

    Sunday, December 16 · 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    GiGi’s Playhouse Tampa, 3611 W Hillsborough Ave
    Tampa, FL 33614 United States
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    December 16 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Free All Ages Destination Discovery supports the development of fine motor skills, gross motor skills, social skills and language through purposeful play and peer…

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    Combo Dance Class (Ages 3-6)

    Monday, December 17 · 12:00 am - 1:00 pm
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    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
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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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