C.I.T.Y. News

December 2019

GIFTS FOR EVERYONE!

C.I.T.Y. of Support has you COVERED this time of year!

Our Rockin' Shoppin' event earlier in the month was a HUGE success! We had a fantastic variety of artists and vendors selling their goods both in person and online, and we were thrilled to have the local rock cover band, Valius, entertaining us with their tunes. We had so much fun talking with parents and professionals that we truly lost count of the total number of guests we welcomed! If you missed it, we sure hope you can join us next year...check out the highlights video below (with a special thank you to Bethany Brinkworth for donating her photography talents!)

More Holiday Shopping!

We are excited to now be recognized as a nonprofit organization with Amazon. That means that whenever you shop on their website, be sure to sign on using smile.amazon.com. Under the "search bar," select City of Support, Inc. as the charity you are choosing to support, and then a portion of every sale automatically gets donated to our organization...how cool is that?!


For the first time, C.I.T.Y. of Support hosted a "Collaborative Blog Post." This topic was all about parents' and professionals' favorite holiday gifts. Read through a variety of ideas, all coded to align with different developmental skills, and with links to the recommended items available on Amazon. This is a great start for parents/grandparents hoping to find fun, engaging, and functional gifts that might also potentially address some therapeutic goals.


And, if you are stumped as to what gift to purchase for the teachers/therapists or other caring adults in your kids' lives, look no further than our D.I.Y. Card Craft Kits. Our "Happy Holiday" sets are available as supplies last through our website (1 for $3 and 2 for $5). Place your order soon, and they will be mailed to your home with enough time for you and your child to create these special crafts together.

Thanks and Giving

Our holiday giving campaign is coming to an end, and we hope that you will consider thinking of C.I.T.Y. of Support and the organization we have created together.


  • Do you find our efforts important? Meaningful? Unique?
  • Think about your participation in our community. How often do you check C.I.T.Y. social media newsfeeds? Do you appreciate having a place to post questions, provide advice, and share in successes/challenges?
  • Think about the options we provide on your calendar. Have you attended our in-person playgroup/support groups? Registered for our special events?
  • Have you made connections with other parents? Networked with other professionals? Learned valuable strategies from our education roundtables? Received a "Welcome to our C.I.T.Y." gift bag?


We ask you, especially at this time of "Thanks and Giving" to watch the video highlights of this past year with C.I.T.Y. of Support; feel inspired by the community we are creating; and consider contributing what you can towards the ongoing success of our organization. Any donation will make an impact. Simply visit www.cityofsupport.org, and click on the "DONATE" button. A monthly pledge is especially appreciated, as this will help provide us with consistent and reliable revenue throughout the year. Thank YOU!!

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As a reminder, all of our events are also listed on our Google Calendar and on the

C.I.T.Y. of Events tab on our website.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 19th from 10:00-11:00

For this Great Therapy Playdate, we have clinics in TWO regions who have confirmed their ability to host. Register for this FREE event through our Eventbrite link to reserve your spot.


Reserve your spot today! Hope you can join us!

**And clinics, if you would like to be added to our list of potential Great Therapy Playdate host sites, please contact us at: hello@cityofsupport.org, and join our professional email list. Opportunities are provided on a first-come, first-served basis.**

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16th from 10:00-4:30

Family-friendly Valentine's activities and resource fair in the morning and education series for parents and professionals in the afternoon! C.I.T.Y. of Support is thrilled to be partnering with the Northwest Special Recreation Association (NWSRA) in order to offer this exciting event! This event is the essence of community-building. Bringing together parents, professionals, and children together for social, educational, and networking purposes...now that is LOVE. <3


This year we are expanding on the success of the "We Love Our C.I.T.Y." Valentine's Event in order to offer programming for everyone! Our theme is "Music and Movement," and you are welcome to stay for some or all of the day's events! Registration is FREE for families with only a nominal charge for professionals attending the education series (IL Early Intervention continuing education credits pending!).


During the morning hours, parents will guide their children through the engaging Valentine's Day-themed obstacle course while interacting with community businesses and neighborhood resources in the large gym. They will also participate in a variety of music and movement activities, led by music therapists and yoga/dance/movement instructors in the large motor rooms nearby. A boxed lunch will be available for purchase if desired.


Then, in the afternoon, parents and professionals can participate in dynamic educational discussions and live demonstrations of ways to incorporate music and movement into therapy sessions, classroom structure, and everyday routines. Onsite childcare *may* be available for those parents wishing to stay the full day.


Professionals: If you are signed up to receive our "professional emails," be sure to check your messages tomorrow, on Monday morning, 12/2. Details with opportunities for you to participate in this highly-engaging event will be sent out then. You won't want to wait to sign up! Contact hello@cityofsupport.org if you do not receive it and/or if you want more information.

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Win Four "Happy Holiday" DIY Card Kits!

Simply search for the December #READITTOWINIT post in our Facebook Group; write your response to our question (one comment per person, please!); and you will be entered into a random drawing to win Four "Happy Holiday" DIY Card Kits! If you are NOT on Facebook, send your response to hello@cityofsupport.org from your email account. The drawing will take place via Facebook Live on Friday, December 13th at 7:00pm, and the winner will be notified either via Facebook Message or via Email.


December's Comment Topic:

***Thinking of sweets this time of the year. Do you have a favorite dessert that you bring to cookie exchanges/holiday dinners? Tell us its name (or bonus!) share the recipe please!***

Regional Playgroups

NORTHWEST SUBURBS: ARLINGTON HEIGHTS MEMORIAL LIBRARY:

As always, we are meeting on the 2nd Tuesday of the month (12/10) for our “Developmental Playgroup.” We are also continuing to offer a more adult-focused group called “Caregivers, Coffee, and Play” on the 4th Sunday of the month (12/22). Come join us and meet other families in the neighborhood.


**OTHER REGIONS**

We are continuing to research other neighborhood options in the North, West, South, and City locations that will help to accommodate more families. We are especially interested in partnering with other local libraries in those areas. If you are interested in helping to facilitate these types of events near you, please feel free to contact us at hello@cityofsupport.org.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

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C.I.T.Y. of Support

Our mission is to create a dynamic community, both online and in person, that supports all families navigating the needs of their child in therapy, regardless of diagnosis.