A hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for all people.
- Maya Angelou
An important aspect of the Asperger's Alliance mission is to educate the community about Autism, through volunteering and fundraising. We believe that "learning by doing" is the best way to acquire transferable life experiences in the community. Group members have participated in cooking classes, prepared and served meals to the homeless and recovering communities. They have volunteered at the Food Bank of Delaware and facilitated a food donation drive in which 300 food items were collected and donated to the Feed My Sheep project at Reach Church. Asperger’s Alliance families have adopted residents of Emily Bissell Hospital during the holidays and have designed gift bags and created decorations for each resident’s door. Our members also help plan, cook, and serve for our annual formal friends and family holiday party.
Fundraising is another avenue that is used to support group members in developing communication skills, teaching the value and process of obtaining the necessary financial resources and participating in group activities of choice through interactions with community members. Members were involved in a fundraising enterprise (“Aspie Bakes”) where they created, baked and fulfilled the orders of 1000 cupcakes and 300 whoopie pies. Asperger’s Alliance has also sponsored “Strike Out Autism”, a bowling fundraiser to raise awareness in the community, at Pleasant Hill Lanes. Fundraising events have been held at community businesses Chick Fil’A, California Pizza Kitchen, BBC Tavern & Grill, and Chipotle. In April 2017, Asperger's Alliance was humbled to be the recipient of a Girls Night Out Gala sponsored by Tooth Fairies with Purpose.