Outreach ... an integral component for any service organization, especially one whose focus is on families and communities.
The primary purpose of outreach is to humbly provide your time and energy as a leader to benefit another individual or organization. A hidden benefit to outreach through your humble service is that others become aware of what your organization is about and allows your organization to develop relationships and partnerships.
Each year our members develop projects that make an impact on thousands of individuals within their communities tackling tough topics such as: poverty, domestic violence, teen violence, drug abuse, cancer awareness and many more.
This year's Service Project
This year the State Executive Council decided to focus attention on special needs throughout the state. There is not one specific place in mind for funds to go towards but the officers would like all funds raised to be donated locally. Please report back to the state association regarding the efforts provided. The goal is to increase awareness and to help include those whom have been affected.
The first disability is ADHD. ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) causes a combination of persistent problems, hyperactivity and impulsive behaviors. Three to five percent of children are affected by ADHD, but males are more likely to be impacted by it
Cerebral palsy is a disability that affects 2 out of every 1,000 newborn babies. This disability affects body movement and muscle coordination. People with this disability may have trouble walking and overreacted reflexes. They may also have a speech impediment and have a stutter. There is not a known cure to this disability but some people will do self care such as special education or physical exercise. They may also take muscle relaxers and sedatives.
Dyslexia is a disability which causes people to struggle to read fluently, spell words correctly, and even can cause them to have a very difficult time learning another language. The disability is very common as it affects 20 percent of the population and represents around 80-90 percent of those whom have a learning disability, or about 5 out of 100 school age kids are affected.
Tourette’s Syndrome is an inherited neurological or nervous system disorder involving repetitive movements or unwanted sounds. It is more common in males, ages 6-40 years old. The symptoms may include: compulsive behaviors, increased muscle activity, repetitive obscene language and anxiety or apprehensiveness. The symptoms may be experienced individually or altogether.
Autism is another disability we wanted focus on. There is no cause of autism but it is thought to be developed from a combination of genetic and nongenetic influences. Common symptoms include difficulty with communication, difficulty with social interactions, obsessive interests, and repetitive behaviors. Autism is common as 1 in 59 children in the United States will be affected by it.
Down syndrome is caused when the 21st chromosome either has a full or extra copy of itself, which causes the development and creates the characteristic of Down Syndrome. These symptoms include low muscle tone, small stature, and an upward slant to the eyes. The disease is known to be found in one in 700 babies, making it the most common chromosomal condition.
Cystic Fibrosis is a progressive, genetic disease that causes lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time. Symptoms include persistent coughing, wheezing or shortness of breath. Studies have also shown that women are more likely to have worse symptoms compared to males.
As you can see these disabilities affect thousands of people every year, and each and everyone of us have a personal connection to these disabilities. For the 2018-2019 Iowa FCCLA year we would like to focus on uplifting those in our community who have been or are currently affected by these conditions. With that in mind our theme is….. “We are ALL FAMILY”
If you would like to go above and beyond there several state and national organizations that need assistance.