by Legacy Collective 100 Lives Impacted Fayetteville, Arkansas, United S...
Initiative Description: 99 Balloons is working to change the Story of Disability by building inclusive communities so that every person with a disa...
The mission of 99 Balloons to build inclusive communities so that every person with a disability and their family can live a full life within relationships drives our initiatives and desired outcomes. Our desire is to create advocates and friends, not just for its own sake, but to decrease the isolation experienced by those affected by disability.
99 Balloons is well-positioned to reach a wide audience as our programming extends throughout the United States as well as Canada and Australia. We also have global partners located in Uganda, Nicaragua, South Asia, and Haiti. With over 50 rEcess and bEfriend sites utilizing between 5 and 75 volunteers each, our training will have an immediate impact on these volunteers. We also have a number of sites ready to train and launch as soon as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. Furthermore, 99 Balloons is well-respected, long-established, and seen as a leader within the disability community. Our relationship with other non-profits will allow us to access additional potential advocates. We will also utilize advertising on social media platforms to promote our Equip program.
Outcome 1: Increased engagement with families and adults experiencing disability
All volunteers and advocates will be required to complete training modules before participating in any 99 Balloons program. Engagement and volunteerism will be tracked through the 99 Balloons database system. The number of volunteers, volunteer hours, and the number of programs in which the volunteers participate will be quantified.
Participants in Equip will be asked to complete a questionnaire before beginning modules to assess the current level of involvement with persons experiencing disability. As advocates complete their annual recertification, their involvement will be reassessed and measured against the first questionnaire.
Outcome 2: Reduced Isolation for Those Affected by Disability
bEfriend advocates will be required to complete online training modules. bEfriend communities and 1-1 friendship pairings will be tracked through the 99 Balloons database. This will allow 99 Balloons to quantify new friendships between adults experiencing disability and typical adults as well as the length of the relationship.
To ensure that materials remain current and up to date, funds from rEcess site annual fees will be used toward training curriculum and video updates. 99 Balloons’ annual conference, Engage, will provide refreshed content as well as serve as a platform to advertise Equip.
Location: Fayetteville, AR, USA
Total Funding Requested: $25,000
Funding Date Requirement: 4/15/2021
Prior Funding Through Legacy Collective: None
Nonprofit Name: 99 Balloons
Nonprofit Website: https://99balloons.org