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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

    Growing Together Playgroup: 18-24m

    Tuesday, January 22 · 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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    An event every week that begins at 9:30am on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, March 26, 2019

    Baby Bungalow, 3108 W. Azeele St. FL 33609 United States + Google Map
    Free

    Growing Together: A playgroup for confidently walking children, 18-24 months of age.  This group is led by a facilitator and targets language, math, physical, social and emotional development. Using music, rhymes, stories,…

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    Wonder Years Playgroup: Ages 2-3

    Tuesday, January 22 · 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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    An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Tuesday and Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, July 31, 2019

    Baby Bungalow, 3108 W. Azeele St. FL 33609 United States + Google Map
    $25

    Wonder Years is a five-week developmental playgroup led by a trained facilitator and targets early childhood development through music, singing, rhymes, stories, and creative age-appropriate activities to promote preschool readiness. Age: 24 months…

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    Indoor Open Play at K Peas Place

    Tuesday, January 22 · 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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    An event every week that begins at 12:15pm on Monday, repeating until Monday, July 1, 2019

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    An event every week that begins at 10:45am on Friday, repeating until Friday, July 5, 2019

    K Peas Place, 13966 Lynmar Blvd.
    Tampa, FL 33626
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    Blending children and caregivers into an enriching, spacious and safe atmosphere to connect, play, and celebrate together… Children ages birth- 6 years come to enjoy time socializing,  exercising their imaginations through play and explore through sensory creative arts. …

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    Music Therapy & Lessons

    Tuesday, January 22 · 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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    An event every week that begins at 3:30pm on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, May 7, 2019

    Dancing for Donations, 1076 E Brandon Blvd #101
    Brandon, FL 33511 United States
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    Dancing for Donations is a 501c3 nonprofit organization with a mission to make dance more readily available in the Tampa Bay Area, spread joy through dance & give back. Dancing…

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    Wheelchair Rugby

    Tuesday, January 22 · 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
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    An event every week that begins at 5:30pm on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, December 31, 2019

    Jackson Springs Community Center, 8620 Jackson Springs Rd.
    Tampa, FL 33615 United States
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    A team sport for male and female athletes with a mobility-related disability in at least three limbs (tetraplegia) A unique sport created by athletes with a disability and combines elements…

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    REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Little League Challenger Clearwater

    Tuesday, January 22 · 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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    An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Tuesday and Thursday, repeating until Thursday, January 24, 2019

    Sid Lickton Complex, 714 N Saturn Ave
    Clearwater, FL 33755 United States
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    $75

    Adults and Children (Boys/Girls) that are physically or mentally disabled are welcome to join. Players can start at the age of 4 (before Dec. 31, 2018) & continue to participate in…

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