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The Meadows 2022 Walk-A-Thon

September 14, 2022

It’s the 40th anniversary of The Meadows WALK-A-THON, and we invite you to celebrate with us!!! This year our fundraiser will be held at Mitch Park in Edmond, Oklahoma, on Saturday, October 22nd at 10:00 a.m.

Our goal is to raise $55,000.00. The money will assist with operational needs, upgrades in equipment, and all necessary improvements to maintain the safety and well-being of the men and women we are privileged to employ. These funds will allow us to continue to offer the highest quality of service to our more than 2,500 customers statewide who trust us with their secure data destruction needs.

Over the last four decades, the mission of The Meadows has never wavered. We provide meaningful employment and vocational training in a safe and supportive environment for adults with developmental disabilities and other intellectual and physical challenges.

To give you a clear picture of why our fundraiser is so important, we would like to introduce you to some of the people we employ.

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This person has a limited range of motion in their arms and legs and visual impairment. However, these challenges do not affect their work ethic. The passion they have for their job is evident in the effort they make. This individual has a developmental disability.

This person has seizures that often leave them feeling exhausted and vulnerable. However, each day they continue to persevere at their assigned tasks despite knowing that a medical situation could occur at any moment. This individual has epilepsy.

This person spent years in an institution, but they have transitioned to living in a group home in the community. They view their successful employment as a vital part of the independence they now enjoy. This individual has a developmental disability.

This person has challenges with their motor skills, balance, and vision. However, they do not let those issues deter them from staying focused. All necessary adjustments have been made to their work environment to ensure their comfort and safety. This individual had a brain tumor.

This person prefers to be up and moving around as they do their job. They tend to perform rapidly and with great intensity. They interact with others by communicating in repetitive phrases that make them feel comfortable. This individual has autism.

This person utilizes hearing aids and assistive devices to help with their mobility. Together, these appliances facilitate their participation at work and permit them to achieve a high level of productivity. This individual has a developmental disability.

This person embraces their daily assignments with tremendous enthusiasm. They are a bundle of energy, always striving for improvement. Having overcome the effects of a stroke earlier in life, they delight in having a job. This individual has Downsyndrome.

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These are just a few of our extraordinary employees who are now living their best life.

Each weekday they come to work and perform their assigned duties to the best of their abilities. Having that opportunity allows them to earn a paycheck and helps them reach their full potential while providing them with a deep sense of fulfillment.

The accomplishments of our employees are the direct result of their perseverance, determination, and desire for excellence. The fact that they need assistance and support makes no difference. It does not diminish the effort they put forth or the results they achieve.

As we look toward the future, it is critically important that our nonprofit continues to offer adults with intellectual and physical challenges the chance to experience the dignity of work.

We hope you will consider making a positive difference in the lives of these deserving men and women and their families.

If you would like to support us with a donation, you may use a credit card or PayPal through our website at https://www.meadowsoklahoma.com/. At the top of the page, click DONATE, or you may mail a check to The Meadows Center for Opportunity, 1000 S. Kelly Ave, Edmond, OK, 73003.

Thank you.

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