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.