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

“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 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

    Let’s Connect! ~ HUG’s E-Newsletter

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    March 2019

    Dancing for Donations Trial Classes

    Wednesday, March 20 · 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
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    An event every week that begins at 3:30pm on Monday, repeating until Monday, July 1, 2019

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

    An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Thursday, repeating until Wednesday, July 3, 2019

    An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Friday, repeating until Friday, June 28, 2019

    An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Saturday, repeating until Saturday, June 29, 2019

    Dancing for Donations, 1076 E Brandon Blvd #101
    Brandon, FL 33511 United States
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    Trial classes are ongoing! Anyone new who is considering registering is welcome to come try a class out.  All classes, camps & events are inclusive.  

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    Adaptive Chair Fitness

    Wednesday, March 20 · 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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    An event every week that begins at 5:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until Monday, December 31, 2018

    An event every week that begins at 5:00pm on Monday and Wednesday, repeating indefinitely

    Bodyssey Performance, 14280 Walsingham Rd
    Largo, FL 33774 United States
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    $15.00

    Group fitness class for all adaptive fitness level who are looking for a low impact, chair workout. The class will focus on stretching, upper and lower body strengthening as well…

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    Adaptive Fitness

    Wednesday, March 20 · 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
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    An event every week that begins at 5:30pm on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, December 18, 2019

    Southwest Recreation Complex, 13120 Vonn Rd
    Largo, FL 33774 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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    Spring for the Arts 2019

    Wednesday, March 20 · 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Imagine Museum, 1901 Central Avenue
    St. Petersburg, FL 33713 United States
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    $75

    Date and Time: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 6:00 PM–9:00 PM Imagine Museum 1901 Central Avenue St. Petersburg, FL  33713 Silent Auction with amazing items to be announced! Tickets are $75…

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    Handicapable Worship

    Wednesday, March 20 · 6:15 PM - 7:30 PM
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    Every Wednesday, 6:15 PM - 7:30 PM
    St. Paul UMC, 1199 S Highland Ave
    Largo, FL 33770 United States
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    Every Wednesday, 6:15 PM - 7:30 PM Location: St. Paul UMC - Christian Life Enrichment Center, 1498 Highland Ave, Largo, FL US 33770 Coordinator: Horton Townes | horton.t@stpaulumc.org Our Handicapable Ministry hosts its weekly worship…

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    Splash Pals Pool Session

    Wednesday, March 20 · 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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    An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, December 18, 2019

    New Tampa Family YMCA, 16221 Compton Dr
    Tampa, FL 33647 United States
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    Splash Pals is dedicated to implementing adapted aquatics programs that aim to improve the quality of life for children and adults with various physical and developmental disabilities. This is achieved…

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