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December Newsletter (and a note!)

A NOTE AND A NEWSLETTER… in one! 🙂

DSL Family,

I hope that each of you had a moment to reflect on all of your blessings over this past weekend. I, for one, am so grateful for my last 10 months with you! Coming into this position I knew I had big shoes to fill. I feel honored and thankful that my staff, our board, our members, and the families we serve welcomed me with open arms. Just as we have over the past 22 years, I am confident that in 2020 we will continue to honor our values and make a lasting impact on the families and community we serve.

You will be seeing more of the following in our NEW Kindness Warrior Magazine that will be arriving in mailboxes soon, but I couldn’t wait to share some of our successes with you:

So far in 2019:

  • Our Adult Development Academy enrollment increased by 13 students
  • Our Career Solutions team serviced 30 additional members in supported employment in our community
  • 1,950 Individualized one-on-one Tutoring Sessions were held by volunteer tutors
  • 614 Developmental Intervention Sessions assisted our little ones in hitting their milestones
  • 192 Healthy Movement Classes helped keep our members health front and center
  • 123 Community Outings promoted inclusion in our community
  • 25 Community based performances by the Boogie Down Crew entertained our neighbors

        …and countless others, which will be featured in the magazine.

We are stronger than ever due to our continually expanding family that comes together to donate their time, resources, and talents. 2019 has been an exceptional year for support with $901,909.25 awarded or raised to date through events, grants and individual gifts. These funds are used to support our ever-growing programs and services. (my most recent count is 36!)

As you know, we have been hard at work developing a strategic plan that will help guide us in our growth efforts for years to come. With the help of over 293 online survey responses, four intense focus groups made up of family members, members served, staff and volunteers we are now in the final stages of creating this plan which will be shared with everyone in late December.

One area we are going to focus on in 2020 is Family Engagement. There are a few groups that you have been asking have for and we are forming them in hopes that we can be a support, but truly let our families take the lead!

Here are the new groups and our potential ideas for them:

DSL Mom’s Group

  • Periodic Meetings (maybe even virtual sometimes?) for social and emotional support
  • Host following events: Zoo Party 2020, Christmas Party 2020, Potentially plan one Dad’s Night Out
  • Help DSL fund our new “Baby’s First Toy Box” Project. This will be box of therapy toys chosen by our DIs to be given to each new First Steps Family. We will need help raising funds/specific toys for this project.
  • Help DSL draft informative emails for member milestones
  • Orchestrate the connection of Family Mentors

  • Maintains the “Ask a Mom” email address
  • Provide needed assistance for DSL facilities/projects
    • Building maintenance/upkeep
    • Specific Campus Projects/needs
  • Connect moms (or other family members) based on
    • birth year
    • area of town
    • experiences
    • interests
    • or other specific needs

Sign up here to get involved with the Moms group

 DSL Dads Group

  • Periodic Meetings (maybe even virtual sometimes?) for social and emotional support
  • Host following events:
    • Bats Game – June
    • Volunteer Thank You Cookout- October
    • Possibly plan one Mom’s Night Out
  • Take on the initiative to build/fundraise for a new patio at DSL
  • Provide needed assistance for DSL facilities/projects
    • Building maintenance/upkeep
    • Specific Campus Projects/needs
  • Communicates the mission and calls for action on behalf of DSL to their networks
  • Maintains the “Ask a Dad” email address
  • Helps Draft Dad-Specific Emails for our Member Dads during key Member Milestones

Sign up here to get involved with the Dads group

 Siblings Group

  • Periodic Meetings (maybe even virtual sometimes?) for social and emotional support
  • Host following events:
    • Sibling Education Workshop (with DSL staff support)
    • Assist with childcare during Parent Workshops
    • Possibly plan childcare and offer a Christmas Shopping night our for our Parents
  • Help support new families in need
  • Be Social Media ambassadors for DSL
  • Provide needed assistance for DSL facilities/projects
    • Building maintenance/upkeep
    • Specific Campus Projects/needs
  • Maintains the “Ask a Sibling” email address
  • Helps Draft Sibling-Specific Emails for our Member Sibs

Sign up here to get involved with the Siblings group

Upcoming December Events:

Past Walk Sign Pick Up!

  • We have MANY walk signs featuring our beautiful members sitting by our front desk at DSL. Please make plans to come by in December and take yours home. We will not be bringing these to the walk next year. We are asking that you keep them and bring your own or continue to earn the pre-designed DSL sign and we will bring it to the walk.

Giving Tuesday- TOMORROW!

You probably already know, but tomorrow is Giving Tuesday. After Black Friday, small biz Saturday and Cyber Monday…we hope that folks will remember to be charitable on Giving Tuesday and celebrate the change that philanthropy can make in the world.

We at DSL have BIG dreams for 2020 and beyond and will need the communities support to provide for the needs of our members.

Facebook is going to match up to 7 million dollars tomorrow starting at 8 am!

If you have a Facebook account it would be so helpful if you could start a Giving Tuesday fundraiser for us and share it on your page. Be sure to tag DSL (and if you want, tag me and/or Carly Riggs, to be sure I see it) and we can share it on our page. 

Quick Tips- a photo of your member- this always help make it more personal.  Then anything you’d like to share about how donors are helping our mission, it will be received well! 

Every little bit helps. Thanks so much!! Donate now to be a part of the impact!

December 7: DSL Christmas Party at Bowman Field

  • Where: Bowman Field -Terminal Building
    Address: 2805 Taylorsville Road, Louisville, KY, 40205
    Date and Time: Saturday, December 7th 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
    Come enjoy making some crafts and watch Santa fly in on a bi-plane! You can still RSVP HERE.

December 13: Tween & Teen Lights Under Louisville Social Event

  • For members age 11-15
    Friday, December 13th from 5:30 to 8:30pm
    Meet at DSL Ky at 5:30pm
    We will hop in the DSL van and go through Lights Under Louisville,
    then come back to DSL for hot cocoa and Holiday Karaoke! 
    RSVP HERE 

December 23- Christmas in Candyland- Derby Dinner Playhouse –SOLD OUT!!!

  • Contact Carly Riggs if you need to cancel or want to be added to a waiting list. YOU WILL BE BILLED FOR YOUR TICKETS IF YOU RESERVE AND DON’T SHOW UP.

December 30 – Holiday Last Hurrah! Elf showing- teens and adults 

  • 6:30- 8:30pm at the Barn Theatre. RSVP HERE

REMINDER: Member information Form-

  • Just a reminder if you have not yet had a moment to fill out our new Member Information Form, we would TRULY appreciate it if you could. We are asking for quite a bit of information, and you do not HAVE to fill out all of these areas. However, the more information that is submitted the better we can serve you! This data will help us understand who our members and families are and what needs that have. It will also allow us to better advocate for our members in our community. The goal will be that we can then send this information each year to each member family and see if there are needed updates- thus keeping you from having to re-enter/re-write this information each year. REMINDER: none of the information on this form will be shared outside of DSL nor is any of it mandatory. Again, here is the link to the form.

Finally, 2020 is just around the corner. Here are the dates for our annual Fundraising Events!

March 19: Down with Derby Fashion Show

  • 6- 9 pm Churchill Downs Starting Gate Lounge, 4th floor
  • If you are interested in being a sponsor, committee member or volunteer, email info@dsoflou.org or call 502-495-5088
  • Get your tickets NOW!

April 17: Gallop Gala: Be Inspired!

  • 6 pm – Midnight, Churchill Downs Millionaire’s Row 4th floor
  • If you are interested in being a sponsor, committee member or volunteer, email info@dsoflou.org or call 502-495-5088
  • Get your tickets NOW!

 June 28: Down to Golf: Tee Off Cocktail Party

  • 6-9 pm Audubon Country Club
  • If you are interested in being a sponsor, committee member or volunteer, email info@dsoflou.org or call 502-495-5088

June 29: Down to Golf Celebrity Golf Outing

  • Audubon Country Club
  • If you are interested in being a sponsor, committee member or volunteer, email info@dsoflou.org or call 502-495-5088

September 26: Steps to Independence Walk

  • Waterfront Festival Plaza
  • We would love to help support your family in fundraising throughout the year for walk. Whether that be with a Facebook fundraiser, a Birthday Fundraiser or special event, please let us know how we can help!

THANK YOU for all that you do for DSL and for your member. The future is bright!  

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