C.I.T.Y. News September 2018

So.Many.Events...Don't forget to Register!

C.I.T.Y. News

The big news is that we can officially call ourselves a tax-exempt organization...yep, 501(c)3 status has been approved! This opens the door to many more fundraising opportunities. Feel free to let any potential donors know that we would graciously appreciate their support! All the donations will go directly back into our C.I.T.Y. of Support helping us to increase awareness of our new organization through community outreach and enhancing our ability to host events that support our mission. Keep reading to see our fundraising opportunities and ways you can contribute to our group's ongoing success.

And, thanks to our amazing committees, we have lots of events to discuss!

Remember, all of our events are also listed on our website and on our Google Calendar.

Our regional contacts are now hosting monthly parent coffee meetings scheduled in the NW Suburbs, West Suburbs, and South Suburbs. The next meetings will be on Saturday, 9/29, so try and find some time to make this a priority for you...it's an hour of adult-only conversation and laughter. Please see the flyers below for details.

*We are working to finalize plans for a City of Chicago and potential "East Suburb" location (Skokie) for additional monthly parent coffee groups. We are still searching for a volunteer to help facilitate these meetings in the North Suburbs. Please contact me if you are interested, as they are a great way to meet other people in the community!

Education Roundtable Series: Real Experiences from the Medical Diagnostic Clinic: A Variety of Perspectives on Wednesday, 10/10 from 5:00-7:00pm

C.I.T.Y. of Support is committed to fostering the sharing of knowledge from a variety of perspectives. Our Roundtable Series will provide professionals and parents an opportunity to share their experiences in an informative, but casual/friendly environment (snacks provided too). Questions, discussions, and one-on-one conversations will be encouraged towards the end of this adults-only event.

This first topic in our series is called "Real Experiences From the Medical Diagnostic Clinic," as this is a frequent post within the C.I.T.Y. of Support Facebook Group. Come to hear what our knowledgeable panel can share from their own personal experiences and find support resources within our community. This event is applicable for both parents and professionals, and Early Intervention continuing education credits are currently pending approval.

We hope to post the discussion on YouTube following our meeting, so that even if you are unable to make it to the meeting, you can type in questions and participate virtually.

Reserve your spot today. Space is limited.
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Playgroups and Family-Friendly Events

Monthly Early Intervention Playgroup on Tuesday morning, 9/11 from 10:00-11:00am

An inclusive playgroup for children who currently receive therapy services, ages 0-5 at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library from 10:00-11:00 on the 2nd Tuesday of every month. This unique playgroup offers opportunities for children to play while families meet and find support. Siblings welcome. Please contact the library if your party requires any special accommodations. Facilitated by Beth Deiter, speech-language pathologist. No sign up. Adult required. Click here for more information.

Our Time: Family and Friends of Children In Therapy on Saturday morning, 9/22 from 10:00-11:30am

An inclusive event at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library designed for children who receive therapy services and their families on Saturday, 9/22 from 10:00-11:30.. Join Michelle Hunter, early childhood music specialist, and Lydia Bryant, a certified therapeutic recreation specialist, for an interactive family concert and sensory storytime.

Throughout the program, families can explore various play stations, enjoy refreshments and meet one another, finding support and resources within the community. Please contact the library if your party requires any special accommodations. Facilitated by Beth Deiter, Speech-Language Pathologist. For ages 0-5 and families. FREE.
Register at: http://www.ahml.info/content/our-time-family-and-friends-children-therapy
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Not-Your-Typical Fundraising Opportunities

Rockin' Shoppin' in the C.I.T.Y.-A Holiday Gift Event on Friday evening, 11/2 from 7:30-9:30pm

Holiday shopping has never been this fun! With unique gifts, live music (a ukulele band!), wine tasting, and appetizers we will be able to mingle in the perfect festive and child-free environment. We have commitments from some amazing vendors, all who are contributing at least 10% of their sales to our organization and a raffle basket (at least a $50 value). All are welcome to this community-building fundraiser: parents, therapists, community members...It will be a great way to meet other people in our C.I.T.Y. of Support while crossing some holiday gifts off our checklists.

Reserve your hour of personal shopping indulgence by clicking here to register. Space is limited, so don't wait!

Tickets for the raffle can be purchased in person or online through our website starting in mid-October (in order to accommodate those people who may not be able to attend), and winners will be announced at the conclusion of the event. You do not need to be present to win, and items can be picked up at a later date! So many reasons to celebrate and ways to participate in our C.I.T.Y....come kick off the holiday season with us!

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C.I.T.Y. Merchandise

Make sure you visit our website to view our new C.I.T.Y. of Support gifts. By purchasing one of these products, you are not only supporting C.I.T.Y. of Support with a financial donation, you are increasing awareness for our organization in the community. Plus, we have hand-selected items that we think everyone would enjoy (especially the therapists in your life!) Who couldn't use a large zippered tote bag, an insulated travel tumbler for hot/cold beverages, or a spill-resistant water bottle? Orders will be accepted through PayPal in our online shop until midnight (CST) on Sunday, 10/14/18. Distribution of this merchandise and/or any raffle prizes is available at our Rockin' Shoppin' Holiday Gift Event or at your local November Parent Coffee Group in your specific region.

Thank you for being a member of C.I.T.Y. of Support!

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We are always looking for volunteers and new ideas. Feel free to contact us anytime!

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.