Building strong communities is at the heart of both Neal Communities and Manasota BUDS (Bringing Up Down Syndrome), and that shared passion has led to a new partnership. Manasota BUDS is proud to announce a $6,000 sponsorship from Neal Communities for the Manasota BUDS Young Adult Group in 2024, providing crucial support for social activities and awareness initiatives for this vibrant community of young adults with Down syndrome.
“At Neal Communities, we believe in fostering connections and creating places where everyone feels welcome and supported,” said Katie Rhyne, community affairs coordinator. “Manasota BUDS shares our commitment to building community, and we are thrilled to partner with them to empower and enrich the lives of young adults with Down syndrome.”
The sponsorship will fuel a year of engaging social events and awareness campaigns for the Manasota BUDS Young Adult Group, a dedicated time for individuals aged 18 and over to connect, socialize and thrive. The fun kicks off in February with a cookie decorating party, where participants can unleash their creativity with houses and hearts as the theme – a playful nod to both organizations’ dedication to building strong communities.
March will see the group celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month with a special event recognizing the global significance of 3.21 – Trisomy 21 or World Down Syndrome Awareness Day.
Throughout the year, the sponsorship will enable the Young Adult Group to host additional social gatherings, educational workshops and community outreach initiatives, fostering inclusion and understanding for individuals with Down syndrome.
“This generous sponsorship from Neal Communities is a true game-changer for our Young Adult Group,” expressed Stacy Quaid, Manasota BUDS volunteer. “It will allow us to create even more meaningful opportunities for our members to connect, grow and advocate for themselves. We are incredibly grateful for Neal Communities’ partnership and their commitment to building a more inclusive and vibrant community for all.”
With Neal Communities’ backing, Manasota BUDS can continue to build bridges, break down barriers and empower individuals with Down syndrome to live their fullest lives. Together, these two community-minded organizations are proving that when people come together, anything is possible.