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

Help Us Gather

Help Us Gather exists to provide every individual a sense of inclusion, confidence and friendship. The HUG team accomplishes this goal by providing a calendar of local events for individuals with disabilities, organizing HUG Ambassadors and volunteers, hosting social gatherings and attending community events. Help Us Gather is a part of The Helping Project, a 501(c)3 charity organization.

The HUG Story

Help Us Gather’s founder explains why the nonprofit was founded

“I came up with the idea to create HUG after moving my older brother Rick to Clearwater in 2015. Finding him medical and job assistance services was straightforward, but helping him build his social circle was difficult! It took persistence and nearly a year of searching to get him connected in the community. I kept thinking there should be a website to organize all of the wonderful things our community has to offer. So in 2017, I started Help Us Gather, or HUG for short. My hope is this tool will make it easier for others to connect to the community, enjoy fun events and activities, and find new friendships, just as my brother did.”
-Robin Lally, Founder, Help Us Gather

Meet Rick

Meet the HUG Team

Robin Lally

Founder

Things that make me smile: Playful dogs, the beautiful Florida sunsets, parties with disco balls, Christmas, coffee in the morning, my family, fun events and activities to go to!

Favorite Movies: Somewhere in Time, Forest Gump, Cinderella, every Hallmark Christmas movie ever made.

Why I like working at HUG: I get to meet new people and go to fun events and activities in town and I have great team members who teach me new things all of the time!

Ashley Richmond

Community Outreach

Things that make me smile: Friendly people, cute pets, quality time with family & friends, traveling, cooking, hiking, kayaking and relaxing on the beach!

Favorite Movies: Ratatouille, Balto, Elf

Why I like working at HUG: I love having the opportunity to make people smile every day. Working toward our mission of inclusion gives me a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment. Plus, our friends are so loving and fun. They make me so happy!

Kevin Stamper

Digital Storyteller

Things that make me smile: Filming Winter the Dolphin dancing at the aquarium, surprising Bill at CMA with requests to film, watching Dolphin Tale 1, 2 & 3 over and over again with my children Jane & Oliver, and carrying around my Winter keychain on my camera bag!

Favorite movies: Dolphin Tale 1, 2 & 3

Why I like working at HUG: I get to do fun stuff like shoot videos of our HUG friends at Clearwater Marine Aquarium and spend time with celebrities like Winter & Hope!

Cassie Madden

Content Creator

Things that make me smile: My family, edible cookie dough, sloths, Renaissance art, farmer’s markets, attending concerts, spending time with friends, cats, and going out to dinner!

Favorite movies: Ever After, The Prestige, Finding Dory, Beauty and the Beast

Why I like working at HUG: I enjoy working at a place that is dedicated to helping others.  HUG has such a wonderful mission that resonates with me since I have a background in ABA therapy. Inclusion is the only way we move forward as a society and I am excited to be a part of the movement!