This post is by Raechell Brown, a Corporate Development Coordinator.
Arizona-based Sprouts Farmers Market raised a record-setting $351,000 during their two-week Autism Speaks Puzzle Piece campaign, designed to raise awareness and funds for qualified local autism service providers.
An overwhelming amount of customers donated to the in-store campaign, which took place Feb. 27 through March 13, at 151 Sprouts stores throughout Arizona, California, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Volunteers donated their time at participating stores to increase autism awareness and provide information and resources to the public.
Through Autism Speaks’ Neighborhood Grant Program, funds raised in each state from the Puzzle Piece campaign will be awarded to eligible autism service providers in the community. Qualified providers can receive up to $5,000 in grants. For more information about the Neighborhood Grant program and how to apply, visit sprouts.com/autism-speaks. Grant applications will be reviewed in October.
"As a parent, I've experienced firsthand the difference so many autism organizations make in helping families – from nonprofits providing therapy to service providers offering assistance with social skill development, employment and recreational opportunities, there are a lot of groups out there doing good work," says Doug Sanders, president of Sprouts Farmers Market and past Arizona Walk Now for Autism Speaks chairman. "Our entire company is thrilled to be able to support their efforts through this new endeavor!" Sanders is also a father to a 4-year-old son with autism.
In addition to supporting the Puzzle Piece campaign, Sprouts is also a key corporate sponsor for Autism Speaks’ national signature fundraising and awareness event, Walk Now for Autism Speaks. Sprouts’ local Walks take place in Arizona, Orange County California, Houston, Oklahoma and Colorado. For more information, visit http://www.walknowforautismspeaks.org.