While our name has changed, our drive hasn’t! On Saturday, April 27, students from area high schools joined forces with other community volunteers to collect pennies, quarters, dollars and other donations for Joya Child & Family Development’s Community Day Penny Drive. Joya, formerly the Spokane Guilds’ School, is still accepting Penny Drive donations, even if you missed us at one of our 13 locations.
This isn’t just a one-day event, but rather a season of education and giving that powers our programs and people throughout the rest of the year. Last year, this drive raised $150,946, all of which supported the boundless potential of our children and families. Every cent donated by the community supports Joya’s children and their families, allowing them to access our comprehensive program of therapy and education, regardless of their ability to pay. In fact, more than 70% of the children we care for are Medicaid-eligible. Still others face mounting medical bills and gaps in insurance coverage. Developmental delays introduce expense, complication and stress into the lives of new parents. Community support is a critical driving force behind the care, comfort and transformation Joya provides.
The Penny Drive also brings the community together to learn about what we do to better the lives of our children and families, and to celebrate the spirit of generosity and camaraderie that has made this a beloved event for 23 years. Joya provides an early-intervention program that helps 300 infants and toddlers a year who are impacted by developmental disabilities and delays stemming from premature birth, cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome, rare syndromes, shaken baby syndrome, chromosomal defects, birth defects and general delays. Joya raises 45 cents of every dollar it takes to provide a high-quality program and cover costs and copays for families who struggle financially. Children receive a personalized comprehensive program that can include physical, occupational and speech therapies and special education. Pediatric nursing and social work services are provided and a pediatrician serves as the medical director. The life-changing program helps children develop important skills that contribute to greater success and self-sufficiency in school and in life. On average, nearly half of the children will graduate from Joya requiring no additional services in the public schools.
Make a difference by donating today!
Learn more at PennyDriveInfo or call (509) 326-1651.