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Happy New Year & 2019 Goals

To all MTeamers and friends of the MTeam: We wish you a very happy 2019 and hope you all have a wonderful year ahead. We also want to take a moment to thank all of you so much for your support. We’ve made a real impact this year that you should all be proud of and, with your continued help, we will do that this year too.

January is always a time for reflection and for setting intentions for the coming year. Like many of you, we’ve been taking some time out to do just that.

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Here are three of our biggest goals for 2019 and some of our favorite memories from the past year:

GOAL 1: Awareness & Inclusion for People with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities

Awareness is the first step toward a more inclusive world. When we’re able to meet and interact with other people who might be a bit different from us, fear of difference begins to fade. We see the abilities and strengths in people who are differently-abled and those qualities shine.

We share lots of love on our social media with the wonderful, huge community of people who were born with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. We also post stories and interviews on the MTeam blog to give readers a greater insight into the lives of the families who participate.

“M” is for Meredith and advocating for her is hugely important to us; we have a special place in our hearts for the FOXG1 community. One of the best moments in the history of the MTeam happened in November 2018. We are thrilled to have been able to donate a piece of innovative assistive technology called the Tobii Dynavox PCEye Plus to Meredith’s school that allows her and her other nonverbal classmates the ability to communicate, paint and do other activities through a system that tracks their eye movements. It was truly an incredible moment to launch this gift and we are enjoying following their progress.

How you can get involved: Send us a message on social media to volunteer to share your story in one of our interviews or be featured on one of our Tuesday Instagram posts under our hashtag #ThisWorldIsForEveryone. Share our content and help us spread awareness and kindness.

Some of our favorite blog posts and memories:

GOAL 2: Raise Money for Best Buddies International & Participate in the Best Buddies Challenge

We’re a Best Buddies Challenge civilian team, so we work year round to meet our fundraising goals for Best Buddies International before participating in the big event in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts the beginning of June: a 5k walk/run or a 20, 50 or 100 mile cycle.

Best Buddies is an amazing organization that works toward inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities at all stages of life, from facilitating friendships to providing leadership development opportunities to helping participants secure jobs in an integrated employment environment.

We’ve made a bigger impact each year and challenge ourselves to think even bigger as time goes on. The first year we were involved, in 2016, we raised about $12,000. In 2017, we raised $100,000. In 2018, we raised $150,000. This year, we’ve set the stakes even higher at a goal of $250,000. Each Friday, we check in with our progress on Facebook and Instagram, so everyone can follow along.

How you can get involved: Donate and/or encourage others to do the same. Even a small amount helps us as we inch toward our goal and we are grateful for any kind donation, big or small. We also welcome corporate sponsors. Please donate here, and feel free to message us with any questions! We are continually grateful for your support.

Some of our favorite blog posts and memories:

GOAL 3: Welcome More Members to the MTeam and Grow Our Community

We’d really love to see the MTeam continue to grow. We started with 6 members in 2016, grew to 30 in 2017, and 50 in 2018. Our goals is to have 100 members in our community for 2019.

We’re a fun bunch and family-friendly and, while our hub is Boston, we have members around the world. We welcome anyone who has an interest in supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to join us. Come and walk or run or cycle in the Best Buddies Challenge and make a real impact with us in 2019.

How you can get involved: Join us and encourage your friends to do the same. If you’re an MTeamer, refer a friend and we’ll donate the first $100 to the fundraising campaigns for each of you. We’re also offering a donation of $100 for the next 20 people who sign up, so you’ll have a head start.

Meet a few of the MTeamers:

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