Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Non-Profit Status Update

Well folks, we are almost there. The letter we have been waiting for has finally arrived in the mail - a notice from the IRS that they have received our application for tax-free status, and a request to answer some additional questions about the agency and the way we are organized. Bill Butler, our president, is answering these questions and submitting some information to the Secretary of State for processing. He estimates that in mid-February we will be a legitimate non-profit organization!

Although ASRC has been working, fund-raising and brainstorming since the summer, the final designation of 501(c)3 non-profit status allows us to purchase items without paying tax, and allows donors to deduct any donations they make to our organization. Any donations made before this declaration will be retroactive to the time ASRC opened its doors - back to July of 2011.

Friday, November 4, 2011

ASRC Week at Nellie's Cafeteria

November 7-11 will be ASRC week at Nellie's Cafeteria. Nellie's, located at 704 Ayers, will host an ASRC information table, and donate a portion of the proceeds made during the week to ASRC. Please let them know that ASRC sent you - and promote this week to your friends. The Corpus Christi ASD Support Team (meetup) will be eating there on Tues, Nov 8 at 11:45. So if you would liked to meet this group, or venture out on your own, be sure to try out Nellie's this week!

ASRC members see Temple Grandin Speak

Several ASRC members, including some of their children, went to San Antonio to see Temple Grandin speak. She, along with two other well known speakers on autism (Dr. Jim Balle, and Jennifer McIlwee Myers) provided valuable information, first hand accounts and even humor. They signed our books and took photos with us. (See photo to the left)
Temple Grandin is a best-selling author and an admired person with autism. She speaks around the world as an autism advocate, and is listed as one of Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World." She has a PhD. in Animal Science and is a professor at Colorado State University. The movie of her life is called "Temple Grandin."

First Fundraiser a Success

ASRC held its first fundraiser - a rummage sale at the Unity by the Sea Church on October 22. Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped to make it a success! There was a lot of teamwork, heavy lifting and numerous work hours - and everyone did it with a smile on their face. We appreciate your time and talents. A special "thank-you" to Linda Kring who thought of the idea, and ran with it - as the event organizer and by securing the location. This money helped pay to file all of the non-profit paperwork and the remainder will go towards printing info packets for the newly-diagnosed, and those moving toward adulthood. Thanks again!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Non-Profit Update

We are reaching our goal! We are now a recognized corporation and non-profit organization in the state of Texas. We are just waiting for the approval of our 501(c) application, which will give us tax-free status with the IRS. This can take several months, but we check the mail every day in anticipation. Once we have this paperwork back, our tax-free status will be retroactive to our time of origination and any donations to ASRC will be tax-exempt. Thank you for continuing to support ASRC!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

ASRC Appoints New Board Member

ASRC would like to welcome Jared Prezas to the ASRC Board. Jared is currently a student in the postgraduate certification program in Education at Texas A&M- CC for School Administration. This is his fourth year as a Special Education teacher in which he has worked with students with various disabilities from mild to severe and in different school settings. He completed his Master’s Degree in Counseling and is certified as a school counselor as well as a special education teacher. He will pursue his Doctorate of Education in the near future.

He states, "...in my experience, I have learned that support for families as well as students with disabilities can have a tremendous impact on the success of the child. For this reason, I would be more than willing to offer my experience and connections to help the organization in any way possible." He comes from a family of educators and public servants and has built a network of educators and business contacts which may help our cause.

Please join us in welcoming Jared to the Board.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Non-Profit Update

The Autism Spectrum Resource Center of Corpus Christi (ASRC) is in the beginning stages of becoming a non-profit agency.  We have our organizational structure and are slowly recruiting additional Board members.   We have completed the incorporation paperwork with the state and are in the process of finishing the necessary steps to apply for a 501(c) non-profit status.  It can take several months to hear back.

Meanwhile, we are meeting with some parents and professionals to learn more about what is needed in the community.   We are deciding how we can best service those on the spectrum and their families, while not repeating services currently offered in the Coastal Bend.  Some of the services we hope to provide are social skills and social activities, a peer/buddy system at the local schools, respite care, summer activities, possibly a group home, education services, and parent support for the newly diagnosed.

Of course, all of this takes time and money.  Like all non-profits, our ability to move forward is dependent upon donations, grants and volunteers.  We are thrilled to have so many people willing to help, and know that with all the dedicated parents and professionals out there, this agency will be successful.

We are graciously accepting donations to help us jump start the organization and supplement some on-going activities.  Please consider making a contribution; we need everyone's help.  If you would like to make a donation, please review the contact information on this site.  We appreciate everyone's collective enthusiasm for this agency and we hope to make the Coastal Bend a wonderful place to raise a child on the spectrum.  Let's take our next step!