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December 2020

Dear Friends, 

This has been quite a trying year for all of us. At the onset of the Covid-19 outbreak we knew we had to reinvent how we provide support to the stuttering community. It felt more crucial than ever that Friends find ways to help the community stay together, support one another, and remind everyone that they are not alone. Our first virtual convention was attended by over 150 people, many of whom had never experienced a Friends convention. After hearing such positive feedback from our summer virtual convention, we are excited to announce Friends’ first virtual Winter Convention this January. 

We are now the only support organization providing weekly virtual groups for children, bi-weekly virtual groups for teens, adults and parents, as well as a monthly Community Speaker Series open to the entire stuttering community. Since July, we have provided over 40 group sessions at no cost to participants. Our groups provide the stuttering community with much needed support, allowing those who stutter to find their voices together. In addition to our expansive groups, for the first time we will also be hosting a special event for all participants in Stepping Up (our teen mentoring program), an end of the year holiday celebration, and our inaugural winter convention. 

Since 1997, when we were a small but mighty group, we have grown meaningfully helping hundreds of families and children who stutter in our founding mission: to instill a sense of empowerment, create an environment where feelings of isolation disappear, and foster confidence and self-esteem. Friends has created something unique that fills a need in the stuttering community. And we are just getting started. Our Board of Directors consists of some of the brightest and most dedicated leaders in the stuttering community, working on new ways of reaching even more children and families to show them that they are not alone. 

We all know the tremendous impact Friends can have. Whether you are new to Friends or are fortunate enough to have been touched by Friends in the past, we need your help. During these very difficult times, we are asking you to pay it forward. Help us help others and consider including us in your year-end giving. We cannot do this without your support.

We are seeking to raise $10,000 by the end of the year to support next year’s programming. We set up a fundraiser on Facebook that has no fees, and as always, all donations are tax-deductible.

Best wishes for a safe and healthy holiday season and we hope to see you at our summer convention in Denver, July of 2021. 

With much gratitude,

Lee Caggiano   
Co-Founder and Executive Director

 

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FRIENDS: The National Association of Young People Who Stutter is a non-profit, tax-exempt charitable organization under section 501(c)3.

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