Our work would not be possible without the funds raised at the annual Buddy Fest NW celebration
Rachel Esteve (l)is employed by NWDSA as part of our New Parent Outreach Program. Rachel is a dancer and college student. She also experiences Down syndrome.
Rachel and Jenna Dillon (r) bring handmade 'Welcome to the World' gifts to new babies, along with resources and support to the families. Most of all they bring new parents a glimpse of what the future can hold.
You might notice the thermometer on the Buddy Fest home page and ask yourself, "I wonder where that money goes?" We pride ourselves on being good stewards of the donations generously contributed to us from the community, and maximizing every dollar for the benefit of our local families.
Proceeds from Buddy Fest NW help sustain vital community programs throughout the year. Here are some of the programs that benefit from Buddy Fest NW donations:
No- and low-cost workshops on child development, assistive technology, financial resources, state, county, and federal programs, behavior, nutrition, fitness & much more
Helping local families create full, inclusive lives for their children with Down syndrome, beginning with our New Parent Outreach Program
"My name is Jenna Dillon and I am the Northwest Down Syndrome Association New Parent Support and Outreach Coordinator.My son was born with Down Syndrome in January 2011. After his first birthday I started looking for support groups in my area and I came across NWDSA.
Now I’ve been given the opportunity to join NWDSA staff and give new parents the same welcoming experience that my family had.
I provide phone and email support to familes with new babies diagnosed with Down syndrome, make hospital and home visits, share my knowledge and experiences, answer questions, provide literature, and welcome families to our community.
It’s all about feeling understood and connected and that’s what new parents get at NWDSA. Our organization offers up-to-date information that supports health, wellness, belonging, and a spirit of celebration, which I bring to all of my interactions with parents."