Celebrating 50 Years of Support

Community Connections

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We connect people who have developmental disabilities with community resources, events and members to provide the supports necessary for them to live full, happy, meaningful lives. We can help you find ways to connect, donate, and advocate.

Be sure to sign up for our e-newsletter! We send it out every other week on Wednesdays. The Community Connections e-newsletter is filled with family-friendly activities. To sign up, send an email to: info@butlerdd.org.

Here you'll find many ways to get connected, advocate, donate, and make community connections. 

We have also compiled a list of available community resources in our Community Connections Resource Directory, should you need assistance with finding medical equipment, clothing & household items, food, funding, holiday assistance, respite, transportation, and other items. Click here to download the Community Connections Resource Directory
 

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BE A FRIEND
Pair up with someone who has a developmental disability and help them make new friends, experience new things, and become more connected in their community. 

GAME NIGHT FOR TEENS
Play games and make new friends the first Tuesday of each month.

GIVE BACK CREW
Local businesses, people with disabilities, family members, and neighbors come together to give back to the community by volunteering together.

KINDNESS COURIERS
We need your muscles - help us pick up and deliver donated furniture and household items for people with developmental disabilities.

PARTY WITH A PURPOSE
Plan and host a party as a family, group of friends, team, class, business or congregation and invite people with developmental disabilities for the simple purpose of fun and friendship.

PICNICS
Volunteers with and without disabilities help us host and serve picnics to local businesses to expand our network and enrich our existing community partnerships.

 

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SPEAK UP
Speak Up is a group of adults with disabilities who advocate for themselves and for others. Come to one of their meetings to learn how you can help.

BECOME AN AMBASSADOR
Help us to share our mission and stories with the community by speaking to local groups, organizations or businesses.
 

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GOODWILL
Donate items to any Goodwill store or donation site in Butler County with one of our donation tickets. (Click here to download the Donation ticket.) Goodwill gives us vouchers to distribute to people who need clothing for work or items for their homes.

MEET A NEED
We accept donations of event tickets, holiday/birthday gifts, restaurant gift cards, grocery gift cards, fuel cards, home cooked meals, etc.

DIAPERS
We are working with Grace United Methodist Church’s Diaper Pantry in Hamilton to provide diapers to children with disabilities in Butler County. Diapers of all sizes are accepted, but there is a great need for bigger sizes – sizes 4, 5 and 6.

MONETARY DONATIONS
Donations may be made at any time and the funds will be used for a variety of needs. Checks should be made out and sent to: Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Office of the Superintendent, 282 N. Fair Avenue, Hamilton, OH 45011.
 

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BEST BUDDIES
At Best Buddies school chapters at Miami University Oxford and Talawanda High School typical students are matched up in one-to-one friendships with fellow classmates and adults with developmental disabilities. Click here to learn more about Miami University's Best Buddies Chapter.

BUILDING BLOCKS FOR KIDS
Donate to help bridge the funding gap for products and services that improve the quality of life for children who have physical, emotional, and developmental challenges. To donate contact the organization via email or call (513) 770-2900 or visit their website.

CASSIE'S ART CLOSET
Run by a local artist named Cassie, Cassie's Art Closet provides free art supplies such as easels, paint, brushes, markers, crayons, art kids, beads, clay, sculpting tools, etc. to artists with developmental disabilities. To donate contact them via email.

DIAPER PANTRY
Donate diapers of all sizes for children with disabilities. Contact Sarah via email for details.

GO BABY, GO!
Give the gift of mobility to toddlers with physical and motor disabilities by sponsoring the adaptation of a 'power car' custom-designed to support the specific needs of each child. To sponsor a car or request more information, contact Kathy via email or call (513) 785-4637. This website explains the Go Baby Go initiative.

HAUNNAH MEYER MEMORIAL FUND
This fund supports people with developmental disabilities through scholarships and programs that create real-world solutions for various needs For more information contact Lisa via email or call (513) 519-7797.

JOE NUXHALL MIRACLE LEAGUE FIELD
Baseball and softball leagues for all ages are held at this completely accessible two-field complex for individuals with developmental disabilities. Click here for details.

LAMPLIGHT OF HOPE
This organization helps pay for services and items that are not covered by other funding sources for people with developmental disabilities, and/or health related conditions, and their families. Contact them via email or call (513) 675-0125.

MAKE A HOUSE A HOME
People who move into the community do not always have the resources or supplies to set up a home. A group of parents formed a "Welcome Wagon" - click here to see what types of items they need.

PAUSE
Volunteer or host a PAUSE event to provide an evening of fun and activities for children with developmental disabilities so their parents can have a night out. Click here for details.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS
Empower individuals with developmental disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society. To sign up or to volunteer, contact Tonja by email.

THERAPEUTIC RECREATION FOR THE DISABLED
Receive quarterly newsletters to learn about upcoming events, volunteer opportunities and recreation activities. To receive the newsletter, contact Connie via email or call (513) 785-2881.

YOU GOT THE POWER
You Got the Power is a non-profit organization founded by Jessi Hutson, who campaigns and advocates for disability awareness and anti-bullying. All funds raised are available to individuals with developmental disabilities in need of accessible equipment. To donate contact, contact the organization via email.

YOUNG LIFE CAPERNAUM
Children ages 14 to 22 with developmental disabilities can get involved with this ministry to experience fun, adventure and have fulfilling friendships through club, camp and other exciting activities. Click here to see their website, or contact Kelsey Neises at (513) 295-5075 for more information.

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If you would like to donate or to help in other ways, contact our Community Connections Coordinators at communityconnections@butlerdd.org or call (513) 785-2870.