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Easter Seals Greater Houston Takes Annual Walk With Me Event Hybrid For Inclusive Approach

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Houston Business Journal
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Easter Seals Greater Houston is taking its most community-involved fundraiser of the year, Walk With Me, hybrid in a move to bring inclusivity and safety to participants by allowing them to choose their route and walk, roll or stroll the non-competitive 5K on April 24, 2021 at the Houston Zoo or in their own neighborhoods. An event that annually attracts thousands of participants and dozens of sponsors, Easter Seals Greater Houston’s Walk With Me aims to raise over $1 million this year to support the organization’s critical work with military families and people of all ages, with any type of disability. The annual event is presented by Prosperity Bank, a longtime supporter of the organization and its mission. Prosperity has raised over $665,000 through corporate sponsorships and internal crowd-funding campaigns since 2015. Other top sponsors include Team Industrial Services, a proud supporter of the organization since 2014, Alvarez & Marsal, who have been involved with Easter Seals since 2019, and Quanta Services, a first-year supporter of the fundraiser. These sponsors make a difference one step at a time, not only committing to Walk With Me financially, but going the extra mile to commit their time serving as event chairmen and members of the Executive Leadership Committee helping secure sponsorships and recruit participants ensuring that Easter Seals Greater Houston can pursue its mission of providing life-changing services for Veterans, children and adults with all types of disabilities. Easter Seals is especially appreciative of its corporate sponsors who have taken on the challenge of raising critical funds for those in need during a difficult time. As the leading non-profit provider of services for individuals with all types of disabilities, and Veterans and their families, Easter Seals Greater Houston has been offering help, hope and answers to people of all ages living with disabilities and their families for more than seventy years. Through therapy, training, education and support services, Easter Seals creates life-changing solutions so people living with disabilities can live, learn, work and play in our community. Easter Seals Greater Houston’s adaptation to the inclusive, hybrid event approach does not stop at Walk With Me: traditional medical, mental health and therapeutic deliveries have to change with the crisis and telehealth, for the most part, is proving to be the answer. The organization has continued to offer telehealth services for its therapy clients, whereby licensed therapists guide caregivers and clients through therapeutic exercises they would have performed face-to-face at Easter Seals Greater Houston’s unparalleled, specialized facilities or in the traditional home setting through Early Childhood Intervention. The agency is also using technology to provide mental health counseling, mentoring, group activities, case management and other services to ensure that its clients have continuous access to the help they need. While the spread of the coronavirus has dramatically upended life for people around the world, Easter Seals Greater Houston has found that keeping a hybrid approach is now more important than ever, as it allows the organization’s constituents the flexibility and inclusivity that they require. Easter Seals Greater Houston hopes that the hybrid event approach will allow more supporters to participate in the crowd-funding event by meeting them where they are in terms of location and safety needs. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 65% of Easter Seals families were living below the poverty line. Due to the recent winter storm in Houston, families are now battling additional barriers to receive the critical resources they need. Participating in Walk With Me will allow Easter Seals to continue connecting its most vulnerable constituents to community resources and emergency funds so that they can begin the recovery process. Between now and April 24, 2021, Easter Seals encourages you to choose your route and walk, roll or stroll your block or at the Houston Zoo and use the hashtag #WWMVirtually and tag @EasterSealsGreaterHouston when you do. Special thanks to our 2021 Walk With Me Sponsors: Prosperity Bank, Alvarez & Marsal, Team Industrial Services, Quanta Services, Houston Methodist, Elise Hough, Hess, Locke Lord, Texas Children’s Hospital, Vince and Louise Foster, Retirement Center Management, Protiviti, Barbara and Arland Coleman, Complete Care Medical, Ginna Curry, EPAM, Mary A. & Thomas F. Grasselli Endowment Foundation, Griffin Partners, Inc./Loop Central, Harper & Pearson Company, P.C., Higginbotham, Darri Ofczarzark, Revenew International, Seal Fast, Talos Energy, H-E-B, iHeart Radio, Kids Directory, Sabre Industries, Inc. and Bill Wolters.