Chase the Hope, Vote for National Autism Association on Facebook
The National Autism Association, celebrities such as Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy, and moms across the country are asking Facebook users to “Chase the Hope” and vote for the NAA in the Chase Community Giving Challenge. Jamie Dimon, chairman and CEO of JP Morgan Chase which sponsors the Chase Community Giving program says that “the grassroots nature of Facebook will allow us to hear directly which local charities matter most to our communities, hopefully creating an even bigger impact.”
Facebook is estimated to have more than 300 million users. By simply adding Chase Community Giving as a friend and voting for one of the more than 500,000 small and local nonprofit charity organizations, JPMorgan will donate $1 million to the charity receiving the most votes and the top five runners-up will receive $100,000 each. In addition, the top 100 finalists will receive $25,000 each.
Voting for the charities will continue through today, January 22, 2010.
The National Autism Association is the only organization in the challenge that is strictly devoted to autism. Autism rates have increased 600% in the last 20 years, with an estimated one in 110 children affected. The award would allow NAA to significantly broaden its existing assistance programs which address the most critical needs among families impacted by autism, including a program called Helping Hands, which assists needy families in funding to receive treatment and therapies.
Another program, called FOUND, will combat the rise in wandering-related deaths in the autism community. According to the NAA, deaths of wandering autistic children have increased over the last ten years. Abusive treatment, restraint and seclusion practices are on the rise.
If voted top charity, the National Autism Association plans to implement a three-pronged plan to significantly impact the most critical areas of need over the next three years with its winnings:
1) Direct Assistance: We’ll begin immediately by providing real help, right now – giving direct financial assistance to families unable to afford treatment for their children. In addition, we will provide grants to local community agencies to protect those at risk of wandering-related death, and provide free resources for couples in need of marital support.
2) Education: We will produce workshops, toolkits and PSAs addressing the issues of abuse in schools and wandering. We will produce national conference events to educate clinicians and families on the latest advances in research and treatment.
3) Advocacy: We will advocate for meaningful scientific research, legislation to ensure access to appropriate medical care, lifetime care for adults with autism and laws to address the issue of abuse in our schools.
To vote for NAA in Chase Community Giving on Facebook, go to
To share "Chase the Hope" messages on Facebook, visit http://www.nationalautismassociation.org/chase/share.htm