Today is the last day of Joya’s re-imagined annual Penny Drive! It’s a chance for those of you who’ve saved your pennies all year to swing by and drop off your coins in a socially distanced manner. The one-day coin drop off is going on right now in front of Joya Child & Family Development!
Volunteers will be collecting donations on Friday, June 26th from 7 am to 5 pm at 2118 W. Garland Ave. Spokane, WA 99205.
When COVID restrictions forced the cancellation of the annual Kids for Kids Penny Drive back in April, Joya turned to a digital only campaign. We have been humbled by the generosity the Spokane community has shown the beloved community event that supports children birth to three with developmental delays or disabilities.
While the digital fundraiser was a huge success, we are $10,000 short of our $60,000 goal. An anonymous donor has stepped up to match up to $5,000 to help us reach our annual Penny Drive goal.
Joya provides an exceptional early-intervention program that helps more than 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, and birth defects. Joya raises 45 cents of every dollar it takes to provide its high-quality program and to cover costs and copays for families who struggle financially. Children receive a personalized comprehensive program that includes physical, occupational and speech therapies and special education. Families also have access to a pediatrician, pediatric nurses and social workers who help connect them to vital services for the whole family. Every cent donated supports Joya’s children and their families. The need for Joya’s early intervention services has increased by 73% in Spokane County since 2014 and Joya continues to serve more children every year. Philanthropy helps Joya support all families, regardless of their ability to pay. In fact, about 70% of the children Joya cares for are Medicaid-eligible. Developmental delays introduce expense, complication, and stress into the lives of new parents. Many families face mounting medical bills and gaps in insurance coverage. Although this year’s drive respects social distancing, its roots in staying close as a community remain strong. With your support, Joya can continue to provide comprehensive and compassionate care.