Like most small businesses and non- profits, our finances at River’s Way have taken a hit during COVID-19. We haven’t been able to run fundraisers or our normal programming. It is times like these that challenge us to put on our "Big Boy and Big Girl Pants" in the words of Andrea Sultan. Andrea is a young woman who has a disability and she is a Game Changer with River’s Way. Our Game Changers are young adults with differing abilities who contribute to our community and who push us, lead us and expect us to be our best!
Andrea Sultan is an amazing person! Like so many people with differing abilities, Andrea’s graduation from high school caused her to lose her friends and a sense of purpose. She drifted and never lived up to the potential that her parents saw in her. Then, to our great fortune, she ended up in Bristol where she has been a dedicated and inspiring participant in River’s Way programs for the past five years. Andrea is a motivator. She lives to encourage others. Along with other River’s Way Game Changers, she accompanies our program director Matt Kyle on daily walking programs at local high schools and middle schools. This past semester we ran these programs with over 600 students. Imagine being in a high school gym class with Andrea taking a lead, letting everyone know that it was time to put on their big boy and girl pants and get moving. People do move because they see Andrea, who has her own physical challenges, giving it her all and walking to the best of her ability.
In making a donation to River’s Way on or before Giving Tuesday NOW (May 5th, 2020), you are supporting Andrea and the rest of our Game Changers as they seek to better life in our community. Whether it’s through our annual theater performances, working out at the Y, serving lunch at our café or inspiring hundreds of middle school and high school students in our walking programs, River’s Way Game Changers change the way that people look at the world. Their differing abilities influence others in a positive way. They make life better. As we face the world of COVID-19, it’s refreshing and humbling to be with these people who so often drop out of sight once they graduate high school. You can support our Game Changers and the people they support by donating to River’s Way on GIVING TUESDAY NOW (May 5th, 2020).
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