Get the Vote Out: American Giving Awards and Surfers Healing

As you know – B participated in a Surfers Healing camp in Virginia Beach this summer. It was such an awesome opportunity for him (and for us).

Now, Surfers Healing is in the running to get a major money boost to their program. American Giving Awards (presented by Chase™) has selected Surfers Healing as a finalist in their annual grant giving ceremony. Out of 25 organizations, 5 charities will share in the grants totaling $2 million dollars.

They are also the only autism related charity nominated for these grants.

Here is what Surfers Healing wrote for their nomination:

“If Surfers Healing was awarded the $1 million grant, we would expand our program that offers families living with autism, the opportunity to experience One Perfect Day at the beach. Surfers Healing provides respite to families living with autism by offering the combination of a unique surf experience for autistic children, access to community special needs resources and services, and free meals and refreshments for everyone. This One Perfect Day allows families the ability to enjoy themselves in an environment that promotes autism community and acceptance.

The grant money would allow us to: expand to new locations, expand our existing locations and provide travel grants to families who are unable to participate due to travel costs. Every family deserves One Perfect Day at the beach.”

Voting is open, running November 27 and through December 4 on Facebook. You can vote on Facebook here:  or go to the the Chase Community Giving FB Page and search for Surfers Healing under Champions of Health and Wellness.

If you are a Chase™ card member (like I am) – you get an additional vote. Go to, login and find Surfers Healing (under category: Champions of Health and Wellness).

Mahalo for voting for Surfers Healing!


About OneLoCoMommy

I live in Northern Virginia and and I look like the stereotypical suburban mom, for better or for worse. My son plays baseball and takes karate (albeit adaptive). My daughter is a gymnastics diva but rolls with the boys in T-ball. I've been a Room Mom and Playdate Coordinator. I work full-time, try to work out, and love my Book Club. However, I also blog on my experiences on our ASD, SPD and ADHD journey while trying to be a better parent advocate. All in a life's work.
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