GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) – This holiday season many West Michigan families are looking for ways to give back and help those in need. So we have created a Season of Service campaign featuring different non-profit organizations throughout our community. Each week now through Christmas we will highlight an organization showcasing the work being done and ways families can volunteer and donate. Take time to look through this list and discover ways your family can serve others and make a difference Where You Live!
Wedgwood Christian Services’ Autism Center for Child Development does comprehensive early intensive behavior intervention for children ages 18 months to six years who have autism spectrum disorder.
The center addresses all areas that are affected by a child’s autism spectrum disorder including social skills, safety skills, adaptive behavior like dressing themselves, feeding themselves, toileting, as well as academics and even parent training. All of this is done in a fun, engaging environment.
If you think your child might have an autism spectrum disorder, contact the Autism Center for Child Development or talk to your doctor.
How to give back:
Cereal drives done by kids/schools – year round to feed the roughly 100 residential clients Wedgwood houses year round
· Toys for kids with Autism ages 6 and under – year round to play with in the Autism Center
· Yard Work equipment for Employment Training Program- rakes, shovels, gloves etc can be donated year round based on season.
· Recreation – Seasonally donate
o Winter – large black snow pants, gloves, hats…
o Summer – gym shoes for kids 10 and up, outdoor games/equipment
o Donations to fund field trips/activities