A big part of what POGC does is hosting events to raise funds to benefit families and individuals with special needs in the community. This organization aims to bring all of its chapters together by hosting community wide events to raise awareness or funds.

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You can read more about the recent and future events in our monthly newsletter.

February 2016

  • A night to shine

    Feburary 12, 2016

    A Night to Shine, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, was held at Connect Church in Daphne. Over 70 participants and volunteers attended the event full of dancing, dinner and activity centers/stations from hair and makeup stations, to shoe shines, to walking the red carpet to the cheers of the crowd, and karaoke. We were so excited to be a part of this night and hope we can do it again next year! Check out this video made by Justin Sanders and Will Haring from Smerglia Productions. This night was so special for so many. 

  • Shooting 2 Change 2016 was a huge success!

    January 17-22, 2016

    With over 250 coaches from more than 125 schools, Shooting 2 Change 2016 wrapped up with a lot of excitement. This year 15 teams participated in the event by purchasing and wearing shirts to promote autism acceptance through athletics. As the event concluded, we saw new schools getting involved by hosting autism awareness nights and raising money for charity. The best part of it all, was sharing the vision and mission to help better educate individuals, increase acceptance of those with autism and other disabilities, and provide understanding for everyone in Alabama about the needs of these individuals and their families. We hope for an even bigger reach next year, and who knows, maybe even cross the state lines! I guess we'll just have to wait and see!

  • Autism: unlocking the mystery conference

    October 16, 2015

    Project Outreach Gulf Coast enjoyed the Unlocking Autism Conference in Birmingham, Alabama and encouraged many to bring Project Outreach to the schools in Birmingham and beyond. Here's a glimpse into what life is like in the Project REACH class at Spanish Fort High as a peer helper. These students are pretty amazing!

  • Piggly Wiggly fundraiser

    November 21 and December 13, 2015

    We had a great fundraiser at Piggly Wiggly in November and December. I have to say their manager Dwight letter known as "D Daddy" was one of the kindest men who just wants to see people in the community helped! We are so thankful for their support for Shooting 2 Change and Project Outreach Gulf Coast.

  • welcome saraland elementary school

    August 6, 2015

    We'd like to welcome Saraland Elementary School to the Project Outreach Family. We're so excited to see the Spartans shine!!

  • another chapter added: E.r. dickson

    July 28, 2015

    We are excited to welcome ER Dickson to Project Outreach Gulf Coast!! We can't wait for what is to come!!

  • special olympics- Baldwin County

    May 1, 2016

    Baldwin County Schools come together for a day of fun centered on the special needs population within our school system. Many events will be held for the athletes such as running, jumping, and throwing.

  • ASA's Legislative day

    March 17, 2015

    Many of the Project Outreach members from Spanish Fort High School traveled to Montgomery, Alabama to attend on Autism Legislative Day! They made a visit to their legislators to express their need for support and services for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

  • kickball for karis

    February 19, 2015

    Kickball for Karis is a kickball tournament dedicated to Karis Almy, a young girl with a degenerative brain disease called Krabbe, which could have been prevented through newborn screening. All the proceeds help the Almy family pay for Karis’s medical bills. This event also includes food, music, and activities for the whole family.

  • shooting 2 change

    January 5-10, 2015

    Shooting 2 Change is an event designed to raise awareness and acceptance of Autism. During the week of January 5-10, 2015, all High School Boys and Girls Basketball coaches are encouraged to wear their Shooting 2 Change t-shirt. We want to bring Autism awareness to people’s attention, so we’re starting with the state of Alabama. But, we need your help! Help us show the world that Autism is acceptable in every way by participating in the first ever, Shooting 2 Change!

    Check out this promotion video for more about the event!

  • the amazing food race

    December 13, 2014

    The Amazing Food Race features a one mile relay race through the Eastern Shore Centre mall and all runners are encouraged to join the fun! Participants will stop at restaurant food tables such as Twist Cupcakes, Moe’s, Chick-fil-A, and others! Each member will be required to participate once, and after that person consumes the required item, the next team member may move on. There will be 10 stations and the winning team will be awarded a basket full of prizes from Coastal Outfitters, Premiere Cinemas, etc.

  • chapter at fairhope middle school

    November 4, 2014

    Welcome to the Project Outreach family, Fairhope Middle School! We now have a complete feeder pattern from the elementary to the high school level. What a great community to embrace the need of helping students with disabilities. Thank you, Fairhope!

  • chapter at rockwell elementary

    October 14, 2014

    POGC junior board members meet with Project Outreach Rockwell Elementary. They are super excited, and we can't wait to help in any way!

  • week of change

    March 31-April 4, 2014

    Spanish Fort High School had their Week Of Change, formerly known as Ausitsm Awareness Week, this week. The goal for the week was to bring awareness to multiple disabilities. Members of Project Outreach covered the halls of the school with signs filled with facts. Each hallway featured a different disability. Another goal for the week was to raise money for the Project Reach and MD Classroom at the school and to raise money for Camp Smile. The club put on different fundraisers throughout the week to achieve their goal. Kona Ice visited during break to help fundraise. They also had a visit from Puppy University to see the special needs students. The week was a success with the student body raising around $600.

  • special olympics

    March 21, 2014

    The Baldwin County Schools came together for a day of fun centered around the special needs population within our school system. There were many events for the athletes including shotput, long jump, sprints, and wheelchair races. POGC provided a craft tent for the athletes to relax, make crafts, get tattoos, and have their hair spray painted. We enjoyed seeing our community come together for these very special athletes and we cannot wait until next year!

  • world down syndrome day

    March 21, 2014

    March 21st was World Down Syndrome Day! People with Down Syndrome have an extra 21st chromosome. To show their support, we encouraged our community to wear crazy socks. We appreciate everyone who rocked their socks for World Down Syndrome Day!!

  • project outreach gulf coast looks to the future

    Project Outreach Gulf Coast has decided to become a 501c3 organization. With the help of our community, we hope to officially gain this non-profit status within the next year. By becoming a non-profit organization, we will be able to take donations to help us accomplish our goal of aiding members of our community with disabilities and their families.

  • board members plan for the upcoming year

    Thanks to the generosity of the Thompson Family for allowing us to meet at their house, the Project Outreach Gulf Coast Junior and Senior Board met collectively for the first time. Members shared updates on all that POGC has on the table and tentative plans were made for the year. We are excited to share about events that we will be having later throughout the year. 

  • elementary school starts a new chapter

    December 11, 2013

    Fairhope Elementary School is now Project Outreach's first elementary school. After teachers and students at the school reached out to our board members, we gladly paid them a visit on December 11, 2013. We discussed how to make Project Outreach possible for an elementary level, since so far it has only been in high schools. We were pleased to hear that the students themselves were the ones who wanted to start the club. The students and teachers are ready to brainstorm ideas for events and share their knowledge at meetings. We are thrilled to see Project Outreach reaching so many different ages in such a short time!

  • launch party

    October 17, 2013

    On October 17, 2013 Project Outreach Gulf Coast held their launch party at Spanish Fort High School. POGC invited key community members to learn about our mission and vision for this organization. Members from the Spanish Fort High School Project Outreach and Fairhope High School Project Outreach shared their personal stories and how they believed Project Outreach is a necessary entitity in schools. We are greatful for everyone who came and heard our vision.

  • Project outreach at fairhope high school

    September 18, 2013

    After working all summer with the sponsor's and a liaison from their school, Project Outreach Gulf Coast Junior Board visited Fairhope High School pm September 18, 2013. The Junior Board shared personal testimonies as to what Project Outreach means to them. Two of the senior board members, Scott Parks and Blaire Jaye, went along to better explain how to run Project Outreach as a club. The Fairhope students seemed exciteded and ready to begin. We can't wait to see Fairhope High School succeed!