Carpenters Union Local 599 Receives Award

Carpenters’ Union Local 599 President John Winarski, from left, accepts an award from Devin Downs and his father, Glen, on behalf of MarysKids, a parent support group for families of children with autism or Asperger’s syndrome.

Glen Downs, union member, recently presented an award to the Carpenters Union Local 599 on behalf of MaryKids for donating significant funding. MarysKids is a parent support group for families who have children with autism or Asperger’s syndrome. The Union has helped in funding to send families to a special weekend camp for children with autism held at Stoney Run County Park in Leroy.

“For the second year in a row, the generosity of the local Carpenters Union has made it possible for any family with a child with autism, as well as extended family members and friends, to participate in a three-day, two-night outdoor primitive camping adventure right here in Lake County,” said Mary Michael, of Highland, who founded MarysKids.

Parents are usually hesitant to take traditional camping trips because sensory overloads, new environments or changes in routine can affect children with autism. But at Stoney Run, camping is limited to non-profit groups and families are required to two group sites making MarysKids the only campers for the entire weekend. Fiends and family members participate to provide more of an inclusive atmosphere for the children.

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