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Donations Helps Drive SCAS’ Mission
The South Carolina Autism Society’s mission is to equip those affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders with knowledge and support to maximize their quality of life. In order to accomplish our mission, donations and fundraising are essential to help improve the lives of persons on the autism spectrum. Every dollar you raise and donation you give, helps our organization enhance lives for financially-disadvantaged families impacted by an autism spectrum disorder.
History of South Carolina Autism Society
The South Carolina Autism Society is a historical statewide 501(c) (3) non-profit charitable organization located in West Columbia, South Carolina. Our federal tax ID number is 23-7350663. SCAS’ incredible and rich legacy can be traced back to the early 1970’s when a group of concerned and dedicated parents with a humble grass roots beginning, who were steadfast, turned their dreams into a reality by continuously networking and working in partnership with others to fulfill their vision of securing much needed services for persons and families facing the challenges of autism in South Carolina. Through the efforts of the South Carolina Autism Society, there is now a statewide network of direct services for persons impacted by an autism spectrum disorder.
Why Give to SCAS?
Across the state of South Carolina, there are families who face heavy economic burdens during seen and unforeseen situations, extremely high medical expenditures that exceed those without an autism spectrum disorder. This disorder also causes continuous health and marriage problems, burnout, stress, and lost parental productivity. Some parents are unable to obtain and/or maintain a job due to the continuous and unusual needs of their child(ren). Added pressure is placed on families who need respite-relief or a break; but there are limited funding resources and service providers available for them. This is the reason why socio-economic support from outside resources is essential in helping persons and families affected by an autism spectrum disorder in having a better quality of life and a better tomorrow. Finally, to help address some of our non-funded initiatives, financial contributions are highly welcomed to keep individuals out of institutions, alleviate stress for families, prevent abuse and neglect, strengthen family stability, and help persons who are in need.
The South Carolina Autism Society accepts donations and gifts for Christmas Holiday, Quality of Life and Summer Support Funds. There are also other ways that persons can donate such as Tribute Giving and Fundraising. Please give today, so that the South Carolina Autism Society has funds available to support families that it serves who face ongoing economic challenges.
View our different donation options below and select the one that fits you best. We will make it as easy as possible for you!
Peer Support $10
A little donation can go a long way with peer support services provided by SCAS. From providing an individual with autism a ride to a job interview or a doctors appointment to giving a parent some respite with a coffee date with a peer. These little acts of personal kindness can go a long way, especially in trying times like these.
Social Connections $25
We all need a friend to help us in times of need. Sometimes people affected by autism feel isolated. Help us provide social connections for parents that need support or individuals to connect with other individuals with autism. Your donation can help us cover everything from bus passes or the cost to put on a sensory-friendly social.
Provide Trainings $50
Individuals with autism typically have difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication. For this reason training of law enforcement, teachers and even medical professional is necessary to improve quality of life. Your donation would help us provide these training across South Carolina.
Quality of Life $100
Individuals with autism often suffer from numerous co-morbid medical conditions that can cause a need for constant care or supervision. Your donation for quality of life helps us provide services like respite care, cover expensive medical treatments or even provide someone with the chance to go to a sensory friendly summer camp.
Summer Support Fund:
Although everyday (365 days per year) can be difficult and a daunting challenge for children and their family members impacted by an autism spectrum disorder, there is a tremendous pressing need for summer support funding, especially during the grueling summer months of (June thru the first week in August). These months are extremely difficult and longer for families that face ongoing challenging behaviors and encounter economic hardships. This is because school is out, schedules are different, there is a lot of anxiety, there are limited or no scholarship opportunities to help families fund their child’s summer activities. Families are also in crisis mode due to the severe state budget cuts over the past several years. In the past few years, there has been a decrease in family support funds made available to allow children with an autism spectrum disorder to participate in summer activities in their perspective cities and/or towns. Help us send every child to camp, donate now!
Christmas Holiday Fund:
There is a tremendous pressing need for holiday support funding, especially for the months of (first two weeks in December thru the first week in January). The aforementioned time period is extremely challenging, stressful and longer for families that face ongoing economic hardships. This is because school is out for the Christmas Holidays, there is a lot of anxiety, and an increase in food expenses, and there are limited to resources to assist parents. Donations provide additional support to financially-disadvantaged families who are having difficulty feeding their loved ones during this time of the year. Provide a holiday gift today!
Tribute Giving (In Honor or Memory):
Make a donation to honor someone whose life has been impacted by autism/autism spectrum disorder, or a loved one to show how much you care, while making a difference in the lives of others less fortunate. The South Carolina Autism Society will send a card and letter to the honoree or family acknowledging your generous gift.
Recognize a love one, relative or a special friend that touched your life in some manner and create a long-lasting memory. This is a thoughtful way for you to make a donation in memory of someone who has passed and who has gone home to be with the Lord. The South Carolina Autism Society will send a card and letter to the family acknowledging your generous gift. Make your tribute to honor your loved one today.
Create a special fundraiser at your work place, college, school, church, or with your foundation, fraternity, sorority, civic organization, sports team, etc. Encourage your friends, relatives and other persons within your network to get involved as well. Feel free to select what platform you want to use such as Facebook, Twitter, or use another fundraising platform. Contact us to find out more about setting up a fundraiser.
The Impact of Gifts:
Donations and contributions from individuals, families, churches, foundations, businesses, corporations and other generous donors provides financial assistance for families who face “Quality of Life” challenges that others take for granted including but not limited to assisting with rent, sending children to summer camp, paying food and utility expenses, and other quality of life issues that take for granted. This is the reason why socio-economic support is essential in helping persons and families affected by an autism spectrum disorder in having a better quality of life and a better tomorrow. An amount of $120.00 annually per child (or $10.00 a month) can make can make a significant difference.
We are actively building connections with businesses, schools, government and churches to provide resources to families in need across South Carolina. If you need help in your home or would like to help, please contact us! We cannot wait to hear from you!