Today, Down Syndrome Association of the Heartland (DSAH) announced that Candela Renewables, a developer of utility-scale solar power projects in the U.S., will match all fundraising donations up to $2,100 from March 6 through March 12. The amount was inspired by the Down syndrome marker, an extra copy of the 21st chromosome.
DSAH is currently hosting a fundraising campaign ahead of World Down Syndrome Day on March 21. The organization has set a $21,000 goal for the 21-day campaign.
“We are honored that Candela Renewables identified DSAH as a worthy recipient of their generous donation that will account for 10 percent of our campaign goal,” said Tonya House, DSAH executive director. “A $2,100 donation will have a significant impact on the services we provide in our region and means that we will be able to provide 100-plus individual services.”
Funds raised will be used to support individuals with Down syndrome – as well as their families, friends, caregivers, teachers, and coworkers – in Central Kentucky, including Hardin, Grayson, LaRue, Breckinridge, Meade, Nelson and Hart counties.
Funding will be used for the following services:
- Providing resources for families experiencing a new Down syndrome diagnosis.
- Offering weekly and monthly services for individuals with Down syndrome (ex. cooking class, art class, etc.).
- Supply regional classrooms with inclusive books.
- Raise awareness about Down syndrome in our region.
“Over the past year and a half, Candela Renewables has engaged community stakeholders and residents around our proposed Stonefield Solar project,” said Rick Ferrera, senior project development manager. “During that time, we kept hearing about DSAH and had the opportunity to sit down and talk to them about their amazing work.”
In order to take full advantage of the match, DSAH needs $2,100 in match donations from other individuals during the designated dates.
“We need the help of our communities to make this match happen,” House said. “We ask that our communities consider making a donation to help us raise $2,100 this week.”
To donate, individuals, organizations and businesses are encouraged to text TheLuckyFew to 269-89 or visit dsheartland.org.
DSAH supports individuals with Down syndrome and their loved ones through celebrating, educating, advocating and serving. This includes resources for families following a new Down syndrome diagnosis at birth as well as ongoing education opportunities such as cooking classes for young adults, art classes, group therapy opportunities and more. In addition to the classes, DSAH brings families together through events and ongoing support services.
The World Down Syndrome Day fundraising campaign generates operational funds to cover costs associated with classes, events and education. In addition to fundraising campaigns, DSAH generates funds through special events and corporate/private donations. DSAH is self-sustaining and all funds remain in the region.
Provided by: Down Syndrome Association of the Heartland