Because I Care.This is Mountain Shadows' motto and the reason I am participating in Mountain Shadows Foundation Virtual Walk & Roll. Well that, and it is sort of my job. Last October I started as Director of Development of Mountain Shadows Foundation, which supports Mountain Shadows Support Group and Mountain Shadows Ancillary Services.
I chose this job because I recognized a wonderful opportunity to make a BIG difference and put my newly found skills from my Master’s in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from USD to use. With the current pandemic, a bigger challenge than I anticipated was found. Our largest fundraiser of the year, the Annual Fall Classic, which was going to be in its 28th year was postponed, and we needed something to take its place. Hence the creation of Mountain Shadows Foundation Virtual Walk & Roll.
About Mountain Shadows
My first months at Mountain Shadows were filled with a whirlwind of activity. I met so many wonderful caring people. It still brings tears to my eyes when I think about one of my first days there when I was touring a home and a resident gave me a big hug. I love Patsy.
Mountain Shadows is home to 171 residents with intellectual disabilities. Each one is special, and full of so much love, gratitude, kindness. Plus, there are addition program services provided to over 180 individuals with intellectual disabilities.
One of the first things I noticed was that each lady and girl had beautifully coiffed hair. I thought how much the staff must care to put such effort in making the residents feel beautiful. This effort and caring kept showing up, in the caregivers, in our management, in our board members, in our donors, in our volunteers. There is something about Mountain Shadows that touches your heart and leaves your soul forever changed. I soon learned that Mountain Shadows had a motto: Because I Care. In working here how can you not?
How Will Your Donation Make a Difference?
This fundraiser, hosted by Mountain Shadows Foundation, is to raise funds for the residents and program participants of Mountain Shadows.
After over six months sheltering-at-home and likely much longer, our residents are going to be ready to participate in the many activities they usually look forward to—we need your help to make these activities possible. In non-pandemic times residents go to the beach, sail, ride horses, go to sporting events, concerts and other cultural events, adaptive ski, and more. These activities are funded by donations made through Mountain Shadows Foundation. I cannot wait to see the smiles on their faces, when they are able to once again participate in these adventures.
How does this work?
You make your most generous donation, and I will be forever grateful to you. I will then participate in the Mountain Shadows Foundation Virtual Walk & Roll the week of October 11th.
We decided to leave the activity open to the participant, because hey, why not? While I know some are starting hiking challenges, and others swimming, I decided to do something that, unfortunately, is a stretch goal for me (I have been going to school and working full-time for the last two years after all) and walk 60,000 steps in five days. That ends up being an additional 5k a day (I really haven’t been getting my steps in). My dog Doodle will join me and we will take some nice pictures along our daily walks and share some of the lovely San Diego scenery with you, as well as a snapshot of my steps on my Apple Watch to prove that I did it.
If you are so inspired to do so, please consider registering and creating your own fundraiser in support of Mountain Shadows. I understand if you can’t and I will gladly accept your donation in support of my efforts and the wonderful people I work with at Mountain Shadows!
P.S. Here is what your donation can do:
Provide a resident…
$20 | a single day at Camp Able
$25 | a session of therapeutic horseback riding
$50 | a session of adaptive swimming lessons
$100 | a week at Camp Able
$140 | a session of adaptive skiing