No bunny compares to the volunteers at ADEC when it comes to preparing Easter Eggs for Crossroad Community Church in Goshen.

Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities at ADEC’s six day service locations across Elkhart and St. Joseph counties stuffed more than 90,000 plastic eggs for the church’s annual Easter Egg hunt.

In fact, volunteering to stuff Easter Eggs for Crossroads is a personal experience for some ADEC clients who are former members of the church. However, volunteering is a universal activity, and so is the pride that comes with knowing that you’ve done a good deed for others.

“I think the sense of accomplishment is huge when it comes to volunteer opportunities,” says Aleigha Miller, the team manager at the Day Service at Goshen. “Our individuals here love to share what they have accomplished.”

The individuals we serve at ADEC have sprung into action to serve their community. Here are a few ways you can do the same by supporting ADEC:

  1. Walk, Run or Ride-A-Bike with ADEC on May 18.
  2. Drink coffee for a cause.
  3. Lend a helping hand.
  4. Give the gift of choice and possibility.

  1. Walk, Run or Ride-A-Bike with ADEC on May 18

Changes for 2019

  • New bike courses utilize more of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail

  • New chip-timed 5K route is fully paved

  • Color Our World event is a one-mile fun walk, fully accessible for strollers and wheelchairs

  • First 250 registrants will receive an aluminum water bottle

  • Corporate packages available to make it easier for employees to register for company teams

REGISTER

walk

A 1-mile fun walk with lots of color. Fully accessible.

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run

A paved 5K (3.1 miles) course with chip timing.

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ride

Choose from the 7-, 20-, 45- or 63-mile courses.

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2. Drink coffee for a cause. 

WELCOME TO ADEC’S GAINING GROUNDS COFFEE HOUSES

Our Gaining Grounds Coffee Shops also brew up opportunity for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We proudly employ individuals with disabilities as baristas, and we display the one-of-a-kind artwork created by the people we serve in ADEC’s five day service locations. When you make a purchase from Gaining Grounds — whether it’s an iced coffee from Missy in Goshen or a beautiful painting from Bristol — you are providing choice and possibility to the people we serve at ADEC.

BRISTOL

  • 19670 S.R. 120
    Bristol, IN 46507

  • 574-848-7451

GOSHEN

  • 114 E. Lincoln Ave.
    Goshen, IN 46526

  • 574-533-4231

6 ways ADEC is not your ‘AVERAGE JOE’

We've got the right BLEND.

Just as a rich cup of coffee consists of a fine-tuned blend of beans, ADEC has the right blend of nearly 400 professional staff who serve more than 1,000 individuals with disabilities each year.

We ESPRESSO ourselves.

At ADEC, we give the people we serve the tools to express themselves through art, technology, woodworking and more. They sell the pieces they create in our Art by ADEC stores, giving them a paycheck and the knowledge that people find value in the items they create.

We have a LATTE fun.

We don’t just work hard, we play hard. We believe in fun at ADEC, whether it’s a game with the 70-player Silver Bullets basketball team or a trip to the Elkhart County 4-H Fair.

We believe in being ORGANIC.

We like authenticity at ADEC. The coffee we serve up at our Gaining Grounds Coffee Shops is farm-direct, and the people we serve are treated as individuals with dignity. We celebrate each person’s right to lead A Life of Their Own.

We BREW opportunity.

We don’t just brew up a great pot of coffee at ADEC — we also brew opportunity for those we serve. When you purchase a cuppa joe from us, you’re also providing choice and possibility for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

We find COMMON GROUNDS.

We don’t just advocate for diversity and inclusion, we put it into practice at ADEC. Stop by one of our Gaining Grounds Coffee Shops and learn about what people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are capable of. Who knows? You might make a new friend.

3. Lend a helping hand.

Volunteer with ADEC

Change the life of the individuals we serve while enriching your own. Our volunteers come to ADEC with the goal of helping, but often leave with new friendships. By spending time with the people we serve, you are widening their spheres of influence and improving their quality of life.

Just a few ways you can volunteer with ADEC:

  • Gather a group and challenge our Silver Bullets basketball team to a game.

  • Spend time in our day service locations helping the individuals we serve participate in vocational activities like painting or baking.

  • Spend some time wrapping Christmas gifts (donated through our Wish List program) so the people we serve will always wake up with something under the tree on Dec. 25.

VOLUNTEER

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