FANS Network

FANS Network

Friends, Allies, and Neighbors of Individuals with Disabilities


What is the fans network?

The FANS Network is a group of people (Friends, Allies, and Neighbors) who are committed to enhancing the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities. They help in a variety of ways, both big and small, and its members believe that life is better when people help and support each other.

Examples of what a FAN does

As a FAN, you can help with:
  • Assisting people move into the community (Ex. donating extra pots and pans)
  • Taking someone to the grocery store
  • Volunteering with Special Olympics and recreational activities
  • Becoming a nursing home pen pal
  • Being a buddy

How does FANS work?

It’s easy. There is no official commitment, no formal membership and no standard protocol. Your contact information is included in the FANS list (usually e-mail but phone numbers are okay too.) You will be informed through a monthly FANS e-mail of a variety of needs of individuals with disabilities and/or their families. If you are interested in getting more information on helping to meet that need, just respond to the message. A County Board member will contact you to provide more information. If not interested, just hit delete. If you know someone who might want to help, feel free to forward on.

Become a FAN

If you are interested in becoming a FAN, please contact Defiance County Board of DD/Good Samaritan School at 419-782-6621 for more information.