The Abilities Guild was founded in 1980 with a mission to:
Serve as ambassadors broaden the base of community awareness of the availabilities and function of the Abilities Foundation
Support the Abilities Foundation in its fund raising events and campaign efforts
Serve in any other capacity deemed advisable in assisting the Abilities Foundation to work on behalf of people with disabilities
The Guild is a volunteer organization consisting of more than one-hundred men and women actively supporting the Abilities Foundation and its work benefiting people with disabilities. Guild members routinely serve as volunteers for the Foundation's events in the Tampa Bay area, including the annual Abilities Wine Tasting and monthly wine dinners. That amounts to more than 6,000 of volunteer hours annually.
Last year the Guild contributed $45,000 to the Foundation. Since its inception, the Guild has been credited with donating more than $2 million to the Foundation. This year's proceeds will support Abilities' job placement services for wounded veterans returning from duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, eight of whom are pictured below with Veterans Mall founder Virginia Meyer.
An alarming number of disabled veterans are homeless or living in substandard
housing. Even after veterans qualify for subsidized housing assistance from the
VA, most don't have basic essentials like coffeemakers, crock pots, pots 'n
pans, dishes, linens, and towels. Unwilling to accept this reality, the
Abilities Guild established the Veterans Mall (shown below), a large storeroom of household
items given for free to disabled veterans and their families. To date, 270
veterans have been served, but the demand for items far outweighs the supply.
Kindly consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the Foundation. Your
gift will be used to purchase kitchen and bath essentials at discount prices
and ensure that veterans will have the basics they need to a successful
transition to community life.
2735 Whitney Road
Clearwater, FL 33760-1610
Supporting the Abilities Foundation Since 1980
Foundation Goals and Objectives
Support affordable, accessible housing initiatives for people with disabilities in integrated settings
Provide grants to people with disabilities to meet emergency health, independent living, and employment related needs
Create awareness about issues facing people with disabilities and advocate for them using the media, educational opportunities, special events, and communication
Provide grants to nonprofits for projects and programs that advance the Foundation’s vision and mission
To insure that people with disabilities have the opportunity to participate with dignity in everything that community life has to offer.
To support the needs of people with disabilities through gainful employment, independent living, affordable housing, higher education, recreation/cultural resources, health, and assessable marketplaces.
YES! I want to be a part of a great team and join the Guild
I want to join the Guild, pay dues, and participate in its activities. Guild members are asked to participate actively and financially in all Guild projects. Annual dues of $35 are due in May. Print and mail this along with a check payable to the Abilities Guild and mail to David Gauler, 3257 Tanglewood Trail, Palm Harbor, FL 34685, 727-784-8584. Thank you!
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