1. Tell us a little about yourself.
Hi! My name is Jenn and I am mama to our amazing 6 year old son on the spectrum who keeps me and my husband of almost 19 years on our toes! I enjoy reading when I can sneak it in, watching movies, and snuggling with my son.
2. How did you get involved with ASC and what do you do as a volunteer for ASC?
Our son was diagnosed with Autism when he was two and a half years old. Shortly after his diagnosis I found the Autism Society of South Central Wisconsin. I joined and started attending events and activities such as Mom’s Night Out, pool parties, and an IEP Advocacy workshop.
One of the best things that ASC has provided is the opportunity to connect with and learn from some wonderful autistic people, as well as people with loved ones on the spectrum. Being able to hear their perspectives and stories about their experiences has had an impact on me and our family.
Having enjoyed being a member of ASC and donating when I could, I wanted to get more involved. Living in the Columbia/Sauk County area there are not a lot of resources or opportunities that I had found to connect with other families like ours. So when ASC started asking for volunteers to help with town halls in the counties they support, I volunteered to help find a meeting location and put up some flyers. After that I started thinking about other ways I could help ASC. I became a team captain creating a team of friends and co-workers for the annual One Walk, Big Strides walk in April. Not only did we have a great time at the walk, but we also raised money for ASC to be able to provide services like the ones that have been so beneficial for our family. I have helped with Art in Mill Park and with submitting notices to calendar of event pages for the Band Together for Autism event. In between there I also decided to apply to be a member of the Board of Directors. Happily, this past June, I was approved as a new board member. In addition to volunteering time helping with events, I also attend meetings and volunteered to chair the fundraising committee to help raise money.
3. What is the most rewarding part of volunteering with ASC?
The people. Accepting, caring, compassionate, fun, smart people. I have met the most incredible people who are so passionate about improving the lives of those impacted by autism. Being a part of this group working toward providing more opportunities and services for our autism community makes me feel good. Whether it has been taking a few minutes to tell someone else about ASC or set-up a Facebook fundraiser, taking an hour to print and post some flyers for a town hall, or spending a few hours in meetings or helping with an event, I know my time volunteering however big or small is helping contribute to making a difference.
Thank you, Jenn, for all you do for ASC!