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Thinking of Starting a Corporate Imagine Walk Team?  Just Ask Cadence Science How It’s Done! - 02/02/16

This is Cadence Science’s third year of participating as a corporation in The Autism Project (TAP)’s annual Imagine Walk and Family Fun Day for Autism – and they are one of our absolute favorite corporate teams! We paid the Cadence Science Imagine Walk Committee a visit in January to talk to them about why they Imagine Walk and to see if they had any tips on how to be a successful corporate team.


Why does Cadence Science choose to Imagine Walk?
According to Jamie Messier, the Controller at Cadence Science, as an organization whose business is life science products, it is important to the staff at Cadence to support health-related non-profits. Once Messier and his team discovered that several of Cadence’s employees had children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, the choice to have a corporate team at the Imagine Walk seemed like a no-brainer.


“The Walk is also something everyone can participate in,” Jamie explained. “The whole family can get involved – parents, children, grandparents, friends, neighbors – everyone can Walk.” As a corporate team, the staff at Cadence really enjoys the opportunity to be a part of something that’s accessible to all age ranges and athletic abilities and that is family friendly. It makes for a great Sunday outing!


How do you fundraise for the Walk? What has been successful for you as a corporate team?
“Every Friday in April we have a bake sale…well, it’s more like food festival,” the Cadence Walk Committee told us. The staff makes and brings in their home-cooked specialties, which are then sold at lunchtime to raise money for the Walk. With the incredible diversity of Cadence’s staff, we learned that the food sold ranges from empanadas to one staff member’s SUPER popular beef jerky (that is SO popular, in fact, that folks pre-order it and it is often sold out by lunch)! The entire staff really comes together to make these lunch sales a success – and it sounds like they have a whole lot of fun while doing it!


The Cadence staff also really appreciates when staff from The Autism Project visit to talk about the direct impact that their Walk fundraising has on children and teens with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families. Joanne Quinn, TAP’s Executive Director, visited Cadence the very first year they had a corporate team, and her talk to the staff not only helped them to better understand the real difference they were making as Walk participants, but also helped to educate the staff about Autism Spectrum Disorders and to spread Autism awareness. Joanne was such a hit, she will be visiting Cadence again this March!


What impact has the Imagine Walk made on Cadence’s staff?
The Cadence Walk Committee agreed that participating in the Walk helped to raise awareness in the company not just of Autism Spectrum Disorder but also of their fellow employees who had children on the spectrum, what they were going through, and what, as colleagues, they could do to be supportive. The Committee also commented that the Walk had strengthened friendships among staff members and that, in general, it felt great to be helping others and to be a part of something that they all had ownership in (as opposed to just writing a check to a non-profit and having no involvement). They’re all looking forward to April 24!


We want to thank the awesome folks of the Cadence Science Imagine Walk Committee for taking the time to speak with us! Check out Cadence Science HERE.


Ready to start your own corporate Walk team? Visit http://www.firstgiving.com/AutismProject/14th-imagine-walk-and-family-fun-day-for-autism to register!


Have a corporate team registered and want a TAP staff member to visit your office? Contact erica.busillo@lifespan.org for more information!

 

 

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