Dear Search Team, Family Members, Guardians, and Stakeholders:

Thank you!

Thank you for the way you came through for Search, Inc. yesterday , thank you for everything you’ve been doing to show your support these past few months, and a big thank you in advance for all you’ll undoubtedly do on our behalf in the months to come!

We are so grateful to our Search community for coming together last night to bring awareness to our mission even in the midst of everything that is happening. We deeply appreciate every donation and every act of kindness.

Trailblazers 2020 A Big Success!

Nearly $100,000 has been raised in support of Search through Trailblazers 2020.  Remarkable! We still have several thousand dollars of matching grant funds available through a generous grant from the Coleman Foundation. So, if you haven’t had a chance to donate, no worries, you can still have your donation matched until June 1st!

To donate, you can use our GiveSmart site by texting VirtualExp20 to 76278 or go to VirtualExp20.givesmart.com . The site will be open until June 1. Or, you can also donate here: bit.ly/2YCTjd2

Advocacy Update

The Illinois General Assembly will be coming into session next week in Springfield. We need our community to join together to demand a budget that takes care of Illinois’ safety net. 

We are concerned that the loss of state revenue caused by the COVID-19 pandemic will lead to cuts to service funding that will wipe out all the gains we’ve made these last few years.

Help us prevent cuts to community services in FY21. Contact your legislator.
Today through next Wednesday, May 20th, we’re asking for your help to reach out to your legislators. Urge them to vote for adequate funding for our essential work on behalf of individuals with disabilities and to please support increased funding for I/DD providers who have been hit hard by COVID-19 after years of a lack of investment in the community.

If you are unsure of who your state legislator is, take the link below to locate your elected officials, and stay tuned for additional advocacy calls to action in the coming weeks.
Thank you to everyone who continues to stay connected with Search. We truly appreciate the support. Stay healthy, be well and keep in touch!

All the best!
 
Cory Gumm
CEO
Search Inc.


We'll be back next week with our usual update! We hope that these weekly newsletters will help the Search community stay connected and informed as we navigate this crisis together. To keep up to date about Search’s response, and to view or download PDFs of our latest notifications please visit our website here for the latest information and notifications .