October 2023
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month! While disability in the workforce is something SOAR365 focuses on all year long, we’re glad for this important topic to get even more attention this month. Check out this one minute video of Jim Quigg, our VP of Business Solutions, on FOX Richmond’s Connect RVA segment talking about NDEAM!
Whether it’s hiring people with disabilities for our janitorial, groundskeeping, or administrative contracts or helping people with disabilities find jobs in the community, SOAR365 is always looking for new ways to support employees with disabilities.  
Employing people with disabilities is a win-win situation – companies are finding it’s great for their bottom line and for people with disabilities, being employed is life-changing. 
Follow us on Facebook or Instagram to meet some of our employees with disabilities working in Business Solutions! 
SOAR365 Has a New Vision!
Our new vision includes our mission, values, Big Hairy Audacious Goal and our envisioned future – the things that help direct us, because we’re always thinking about our strategy and where we’re headed. As we come out of the pandemic, it is a perfect opportunity to reset our solid foundation. 
You may have already noticed some new banners and posters in each of our four locations. And over the next few months on social media, we’ll be sharing stories about the people in SOAR365 who bring these values to life. 
Calling All Young Professionals
SOAR365’s Next Generation Council (NGC) is looking for people between the ages of 21 to 45 who want to get involved and support SOAR365’s mission. The NGC meets every other month. Members work on fundraising initiatives and service projects, all while developing leadership skills and gaining experience in the non-profit board operations. 
Interested? Join us for an NGC social on Thursday, October 26 at 5:30 p.m. at Brambly Park. 
Save the Date for Ladybug
We know your schedule fills up fast, so be sure to mark Saturday, April 27 in your 2024 calendar now – you don’t want to miss the Ladybug Fund Winetasting & Silent Auction! 
With wines from Napa Valley, Tuscany, the Rhone Valley, Washington State and Oregon, plus jazz, culinary delights, craft beer and a fantastic Silent Auction, the 2024 Ladybug Fund Winetasting & Silent Auction will be so much fun. 
The Ladybug Fund Winetasting & Silent Auction supports SOAR365 programs for children and youth with disabilities. 
Fall Parties in PARK365
Fall is one of the best times at PARK365: sunny days, lower temperatures and beautiful foliage. Swing by and have some fun!  
PARK365 is a great place for parties and gatherings – lots of space, accessible equipment for all and easy parking! You can reserve the patio tables or pavilion tables. 
Stay in the know: for updates on fun events happening in PARK365 and other helpful park information, sign up for the quarterly PARK365 newsletter or follow PARK365 on Facebook.  
Coming Up!
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We 💙 Our DSPs! 
We love our Direct Service Professionals (DSPs) every day, but it’s especially fun to celebrate and recognize their amazing work during National DSP Appreciation Week, which was September 11 – 16. The festive theme for the week was superheroes … which couldn’t be more true! Our DSPs bring positive energy, heartfelt caring, genuine enthusiasm, and an unwavering commitment to making a difference in the lives of our program participants. Thank you to each and every one of our superhero DSPs!