We are Thankful for YOU!
Dear Sibling Leadership Network Supporter,
Thanksgiving is a time filled with celebration for family and friends. During this season of thanks and reflection, the daily squabbles seem unimportant, childhood memories draw a laugh and bonds with siblings are the strongest. It is a time of smiles, warmth, and joy.
The Sibling Leadership Network (SLN) has continued to advocate and work with families to ensure that individuals with disabilities and all family members have a voice in their own lives. In 2015, the SLN had some big wins due to tireless advocacy. After meeting with disability advocates, the Department of Labor has clarified specific protections for siblings under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and has updated their fact sheets to help define those circumstances for families. These historic changes expanding coverage to siblings were a direct result of the ongoing work of the SLN.
In addition to advocacy regarding protections, rights, and policy, the Sibling Leadership Network continues to strive to provide its over 5,000 members with the tools and information they need. The May 2015 national conference brought siblings, self-advocates, and family members together in Louisville, Kentucky. 24 states were represented in addition to attendees from Ireland, Israel, and Taiwan. Together we shared information, developed and discussed legislative advocacy, set goals for the future, and built new partnerships. We have also developed new state chapters, provided resources, peer support, and encouragement to other professionals in the field, and counseled legislators, policy makers, fellow siblings, and their families.
We write today to ask you to consider making a holiday donation to support the work of the Sibling Leadership Network. Any donation, large or small, will make a difference in the lives of siblings with disabilities. Giving is easy! We have expanded the ways in which you can support SLN by teaming up with the Amazon Smile program https://smile.amazon.com/ –log in and make “Sibling Leadership Network” into the search bar. When you shop through our profile, 0.5% of your purchase is automatically donated to the SLN. Shopping SLN through Amazon Smile has no impact on pricing and is a quick and easy way to finish up holiday shopping and support a meaningful cause. Share this wonderful program with family and friends! It is a simple and easy way to support the SLN.
We have also created a PayPal giving page which you can access via this page: http://siblingleadership.org/get-involved/donate-now/
If you choose to donate online, you have the option to select monthly recurring donations that are tax deductible. A simple monthly contribution of $5, $10 or $20 per month will provide the SLN with ongoing support for the work that we do without having a significant impact on monthly finances. All you have to do is check the box saying “make this recurring.”
We also accept checks made out to the Sibling Leadership Network. Please mail them to our office at:
Sibling Leadership Network
332 S. Michigan Ave, Ste 1032 – S240
Chicago, IL 60604-4434
We truly appreciate the ongoing support from our donors. The gifts you send further the work and mission of the Sibling Leadership Network. Without your generosity we could not make the gains we have for siblings of people with disabilities and their families.
With thanks and gratitude,
Board of Directors, Sibling Leadership Network