Monthly Archives: September 2012

The Growth of Small Steps in Speech

We are proud to say that in the 3½ years since our founding, through your support, we are fulfilling the mission of this organization beyond our expectations!

Grants to Children

From our humble beginning, SSIS was focused on our mission and making an impact on the lives of children with speech and language disorders and their families.

In 2010, SSIS received 24 applications for assistance. 14 children were granted a total of $35,907 to help them become better communicators. Our small volunteer Board of Directors was elated that just a year after our founding we were already making an impact.  -But we knew that there was still a greater need for our support.

In 2011, 85 applications were received, 3 times more than 2010! Over $58,000 was granted in 2011 to 35 children, more than a 60% increase in funds granted than 2010.

2012 is not slowing down! To date, in 2012 we have received 118 applications! 39 grants have been approved for a total of over $59,000 granted so far in 2012! (Some of the 118 applications are still in the approval process.) This already surpasses our success from 2011!

Since our founding, children in 27 states received funding, with an average grant size of  just over $1500 each. Over 70% of grants are awarded for speech therapy, but we have also awarded over $41,000 for other services improving the communication skills of these children; including communication devices/aids, workshops, tuition, software and other communication technology.

The 200+% increase in the number of applications we receive validates the need for the assistance SSIS provides; as well as our ability to reach those who need help. Small Steps in Speech has awarded over $153,000 since our founding; demonstrating that this organization is helping […]

“On Your Marc” Still Going Strong for the 4th Year…… 2012

On August 4, 2012, we not only celebrated what would have been Marc’s 33rd birthday, we welcomed over 570 runners and walkers and doggies, who gathered to participate in the 4th Annual “On Your Marc” Run/Walk. This event was started in memory of our brother and son, SSG Marc. J. Small, U.S. Army Special Forces, who lost his life in Afghanistan in 2009. It was gratifying to have so many people come out to honor Marc and to raise over $37,000 for Small Steps in Speech (SSIS).

We would like to offer our sincere appreciation to the staff of Lower Providence Township, in particular the police and fire departments, who partnered with our family to produce this event. In addition to over 570 participants and 75 volunteers, we would like to also thank the many sponsors and in-kind donors who helped to make this event such a success.

Team Winners: For the 2nd year in a row Team Kita raised the most money for a team – over $1,200 was raised for On Your Marc.

Platinum Sponsors: Audubon Land Development, Lower Providence Township, Lower Providence Police Department and the McNett Family.

Gold Sponsors: Hawk Family, Johnson Matthey, The Lenfest Group, McGinty Family, PJM Interconnections, SEI Investments, Senator John Rafferty, State Representative Mike Vereb and Warren Kamp, Service Mark Solutions, Shannondell at Valley Forge and Streamlight.

Silver Sponsors: Chick-fil-A, Christie Family, Doctors Billing Clerk, The Loft’s at Valley Forge, Paoli Hospital, Peirce Engineering and Reilly Foam Corporation.

Bronze Sponsors: Allstate Insurance-Kevin Brooks, Ameriprise Financial Services-Terry Kita, Getz Family, Globus Medical, GoRuck, J.P. Mascaro, Lower Providence Police Association, Metropolitan Veterinary Associates, On Edge Movement Dance Studio, Play and Learn, Podiatry Care Specialists, P.S., Turkey Hill Minit Markets, Warren Lodge #310

Food and prize donors included: Brother Paul’s Restaurant, Chickie’s and […]

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