Since the start of the year, Keller Williams Wellington has been hard at work raising money for Project Next, a brilliant initiative based out of the Palm Beach School of Autism. The Culture Committee at KWW has always had a large amount of involvement with community growth and programs. Chair Adrienne Carruthers and Co-Chair Jenn Johnson lead the charge for this amazing event, beginning their fundraising in February and continuing through April. Once the fundraiser was complete, the check was written and delivered to the school and it’s students on April 7th at 10am.
All members of the KWW family, from agents to clients,from vendors to lenders of past and present, made big donations this year to help us reach our goal and exceed it! Both the school and the team at KWW were thrilled to see that over the course of just a few months, the fundraiser raised above 14K, one of the largest amounts the office has collected for Project Next. All donations went directly towards Project Next.
What is Project Next? Project Next is an initiative that supports healthy and engaging lifestyles for people with autism of all ages. The Project empowers these people to live their best lives as autonomous adults and excel at their highest level of independence for work, life and leisure. The project gives trainees an opportunity to explore many career options, such as its newest opportunity for trainees; a cafe! At Cafe Next, you can enjoy a cup of coffee provided by these incredible students or just relax and take a moment in the calm atmosphere. A few other examples for career options supported by Project Next are as follows:
Hospitality: Trainees are taught hospitality skills in a mock hotel setting before getting placement with hotels such as Kolter Hospitality’s Hyatt Place and Courtyard Marriott Hotels.
Culinary: Trainees get both life and work experience through culinary training. The participants get training in the program's top of the line kitchen before placement with community partners like Duffy’s Sports Grill and Royal Palm Events.
Micro-Enterprise: Trainees get to gain work experience from the program’s onsite businesses. Three micro-enterprise places of employment are available: Next Cafe, All-Tag Security Tags, and ScentsAbility Candles.
More than just work, Project Next also helps facilitate recreation and leisure activities to provide a much needed chance for fun, to get moving, and to get outside. The activities offered to participants are arranged by what is available in the south Florida area at the time. Trainees also participate in community groups and other local organizations.
We are always excited to be teaming up with Project Next and the Palm Beach School for Autism to raise some money and help out a great cause! To learn more about this project, the school of autism or to donate to the school please visit their site: PBSFA.org