This is CO/LAB's fourth year and my second year celebrating Giving Tuesday and we need your help! Last year, I talked about how much CO/LAB means to my brother, Paul, and that sentiment is even more true now. CO/LAB offers Paul and his friends and colleagues a space in which they can express themselves creatively. This now includes a full year program in which the participants create an original musical. Paul is developing skills, having experiences, and making connections in the arts community that enrich his life in so many ways.
As a result of all this, I was happy to join the CO/LAB Board this past year. It has been a great experience for me to work with people who are both devoted and methodical as they go about building on what this wonderful organization has become.
Last year, CO/LAB set a goal of $10,000 and our community turned out big time - we raised over double our goal! I was thrilled to raise more than double my initial goal and be the second highest fundraiser in the campaign! As a non-profit, fundraising is so vital to our existence. Most of our classes and programs are offered to participants for FREE. We aim to provide access to all those who need us, regardless of financial background. But, we're in New York... so costs add up. We need things like classroom supplies and props, rehearsal studio space, theaters for performances and all the other fun things that make our programs happen.
CO/LAB (Creative Opportunities without Limits And Boundaries) is a non profit dedicated to providing individuals with developmental disabilities a creative and social outlet through theater arts. To learn more, visit us at www.colabtheatergroup.com.
About Giving Tuesday:
First there was Black Friday, then there was Cyber Monday, and now there is Giving Tuesday. #GivingTuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. CO/LAB will keep celebrating for a whole month, so let's keep the spirit going!