New STiLE Spring Term begins March 15. Friends & Family Camp is in the planning stage. An online Art Auction will be arriving in April or May. Autism Rocks!
A volunteer and two young men with autism share their feelings about KindTree – Autism Rocks “Friends & Family Camp”, a place where you can come on your own or with your family and caregivers and be valued, respected, and feel what Heaven is like. Magic happens. Really.
Our COVID-19 Response
Our goal is to serve the Autism Community as best we can. We are working hard to establish exciting online events (see our new STiLE Spring Term offerings!) and planning for re-opening in-person gatherings in a safe environment when possible, too. Please consider participating in our Zoom facilitated events.
Be healthy, be safe….wash your hands!
Now MEETING VIA ZOOM:
- Second Friday Social, March 12 – What does Izzy have for you this month?
- The Eugene Peer Support Group, Special gathering March 8.
- Social Skills Group is now meeting via ZOOM. Facilitated by Mary-Minn Sirag, 3rd Mondays of every month until the pandemic is passed.
- Art Guild monthly meeting are happening via ZOOM, updated dates and times coming!
- Our Festival of Art for All is postponed until 2021. The Call For Art is also cancelled for now. But stay tuned for an online art auction in April or May!
- the Eugene AVOICE Advocacy Group No meeting until further notice
Founded in 1997 by two group home workers determined to remedy their clients’ lack of meaningful activities, KindTree-Autism Rocks provides support, services, and information to empower and improve the quality of life for individuals and families living with autism, and the professionals who serve them. From its inception, this “grass roots” all volunteer nonprofit has maintained its focus on serving and celebrating people on the autism spectrum through art, education, recreation, and community.
In the past twenty four years, KindTree-Autism Rocks has grown from offering an overnight retreat in the Oregon forest for six adults to becoming a successful 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a 2,000+ distribution list, hundreds of student and community volunteers, a skill training curriculum serving 100+ students, and an art program representing dozens artists. KindTree-Autism Rocks serves another 250 individuals through various community recreation programs, social media and an online blog, and provides real social events/activities where everyone can feel safe and be themselves.
With warm hearted whimsy, an open sense of family and a deep level of caring, we reach within ourselves to embrace our flaws, gather our strengths, and offer our love, while reaching out to people on the autism spectrum, their families and caregivers, and to our community at large. Through the power of self-advocacy in an atmosphere of acceptance and respect, autistic and neuro-normal people alike can work toward self-realization.