As our organization grows, our commitment to serving as many families as possible is unwavering.
Our staff met in December 2017 to discuss the needs of the families we serve, and it was clear to us that we needed to have a presence within local communities to understand the obstacles and develop the tools to address them. From there, we worked tirelessly to develop our Volunteer Outreach Coordinator program.
When we opened the program to nominations in May of this year, we were amazed at the level of interest. It was inspiring to see the level of engagement in communities across the nation, and to hear from so many passionate parents and professionals who are committed to making a difference.
We are pleased to have 15 highly qualified and dedicated individuals willing to advocate in their communities so that children with apraxia of speech have optimal opportunities to achieve functional speech. Though the selection process was anything but easy, we were pleasantly surprised to see that our selections resided in communities that we had already identified as areas where there was a gap in service. This program will allow us to make a greater impact in communities that were previously underserved.
As the process to select Outreach Coordinators unfolded, it became clear that there was also a need for additional resources to strengthen the connections that already exist in many Walk for Apraxia communities. With that in mind, we developed the volunteer role of a Walk Outreach Liaison. This position will work collaboratively with volunteers representing both Walk and Outreach initiatives in addition to supporting Walk communities without a volunteer Outreach Coordinator. We are pleased to announce that Jaime LaVecchia will fill this role!
It is my pleasure to announce those who will be joining our Volunteer Outreach Coordinator program in its pilot year. We cannot wait to see the impact of these individuals, and to learn from them as we grow this program into even more communities in the future!
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