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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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    January 2019

    Gasparilla Preschool Stroll

    Saturday, January 19 · 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
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    Gasparilla Preschool Stroll – 1:30pm January 19, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm Free Join us in representing GiGi’s Playhouse in the Gasparilla Preschool Stroll presented by Zoo Tampa at Lowry…

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    Dungeons and Dragons Connections Social Group

    Saturday, January 19 · 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Autism United Community Center, 5215 W. Laurel St. #110
    Tampa, FL 33607 United States
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    Dungeons and Dragons Connections Social group for those diagnosed with Autism and related diagnosis ages 18 and up When:  Saturday, January 19th at 2:00 pm. Location:  Autism United Community Center…

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    LMNOP (0-3 yr) at GiGi’s Playhouse

    Saturday, January 19 · 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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    An event every week that begins at 3:00pm on Friday, repeating until Friday, January 25, 2019

    An event every week that begins at 3:00pm on Saturday, repeating until Saturday, January 26, 2019

    GiGi’s Playhouse Tampa, 3611 W Hillsborough Ave
    Tampa, FL 33614 United States
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    Language Music N’ Our Peeps – LMNOP is an interactive and engaging program designed to guide parents and young children through learning basic sign language and other forms of communication…

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    Sunday Morning Classes

    Sunday, January 20 · 4:15 AM - 7:00 AM
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    An event every week that begins at 4:15am 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, January 20 · 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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    Inspire Kitchen – Culinary Club

    Sunday, January 20 · 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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    An event every week that begins at 2:00pm on Wednesday and Friday, repeating until Friday, March 15, 2019

    An event every week that begins at 2:00pm on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, March 10, 2019

    GiGi’s Playhouse Tampa, 3611 W Hillsborough Ave
    Tampa, FL 33614 United States
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    Inspire Kitchen – Culinary Club (18+) 12pm January 16, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm |Recurring Event (See all) The Culinary Club uses a progressive curriculum focused on preparing participants for independent…

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