With summer upon us the desire to go out and participate in activities we couldn’t do while buried under snow is overwhelming. Often we get wrapped up in the many options made available to us because of the warm weather, and we can forget about those who can’t always take part in certain activities. Many of our clients are in the Social Serivces Sector and work with people who have disabilities. Finding inclusive things to do can sometimes be challenging, which is why we’ve put together a few suggestions to get you out and active with anyone and everyone this summer!
1. Start a community garden
I had a great summer job when I was a university student! My job title was “Community Cultivation Worker,” a clever play on my dual role nurturing an inclusive community and supporting a local gardening initiatives. Everyone had a great time being outside and quite literally seeing the fruits of our labor.
2. Host a cookout
Summertime is the best time for outdoor cooking, and a BBQ or similar event can be a great opportunity to encourage participation in the whole process of planning and preparing food. If you’re looking for a creative fundraising idea, invite a local restaurant(s) or chef(s) to sponsor your event and participate.
3. Coordinate a music festival
Everyone is doing it these days! From an afternoon in the park with local acoustic favorites to full-fledged weekend long festivities, these events are a great opportunity for fundraising, community building, participation and outdoor fun.
You probably have a core group of dedicated volunteers that support your organization. Recognizing and appreciating those volunteers is very important, but why not also pay it forward by coordinating some team volunteering activities? Volunteering is a great way to connect with the broader community and it feels great to help make a difference.
5. Plan a trip to the dog park
Our pets bring us together and a trip to the dog park is a great way to connect with fellow humans with 4-legged friends. Rustle up a few colleagues, volunteers or friends and make your way down to the park for an afternoon of fun.
We’d love to hear about your summer plans! Tweet @altusdynamics or comment on this blog post with your ideas for #inclusive summer programming.