You and your family are cordially invited to join the Down Syndrome Network Oregon!
Huh? Membership? What’s up with this?
For over a decade, DSNO has been an informal, faith-based organization providing comfort and acceptance for families, friends, and individuals with Down syndrome and all intellectual disabilities. As DSNO’s numbers have grown, so has the need for an effective organization that can provide the structure to serve an expanding base of people. A real challenge has been just trying to get the word out to everyone about upcoming DSNO events and programs.
The values that guide DSNO’s mission are advocacy, inclusiveness, equality and respect for life, compassion, comfort, hope and faith. Not only should everyone affiliated with DSNO have the opportunity to take part in its programs, but DSNO needs to know the people it is serving so it can direct its services and support to the areas of greatest need. So, the DSNO Board of Directors realized the time has come to create a formal membership in the organization.
For a nominal annual fee of $20, you and your family will be able to enjoy the full spectrum of DSNO activities and programs. As announced in January 2018, this fee will be waived for the calendar year 2018. As a membership organization, many activities will be reserved solely for members. Some of the benefits of membership in DSNO are:
- Priority for camp scholarships
- Scholarships to attend the National Down Syndrome Congress Convention
- The DSNO summer picnic
- Meeting other families with Down syndrome family members
- The DSNO Christmas party
- News and information about issues of concern for the Down syndrome community
- Moms’ Coffees
- Dads’ Dinners
You can be assured that DSNO will maintain member records with the utmost care and confidentiality. Our goal is to inform our membership of activities and opportunities that may be of benefit.