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Community Connections

Introducing our first-ever 5K!

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CLI has introduced a ton of fun, new events in the past several months. But this one might just be our most exciting yet. On Sunday, June 25, we’ll have our first-ever 5K walk fundraiser! The #CommunityStrong Walk 2017 will kick off at our Vocational Services building on Wisner Street with registration/check in at 9 a.m. The walk will start at 10 a.m. and take participants around historic Carroll Creek before looping back to our building. We’ll have refreshments waiting at the finish line, and each walker will receive a...

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We’re pretty lucky

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Here at CLI, we know how lucky we are. We are surrounded by an absolutely amazing community that supports our mission and programs. The people and businesses of Frederick are kind, compassionate and giving, and we’ve been fortunate enough to benefit from that generosity time and again. When it came time to start getting prizes together for this year’s spring bingo, we were overwhelmed by the response we received. Unsolicited messages from small business owners asking us what they could donate for our event to help make it a...

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On the news!

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If you get WHAG, you might have seen CLI on the news recently. Last week, we were featured on the TV station twice — for two very different reasons. The first story was about our transportation initiative. Many of you probably remember our Giving Tuesday fundraiser last November. We were so grateful for the donations we received for a new van. Since then, we’ve been continuing our efforts to raise funds, not just for one vehicle, but to hopefully eventually replace our entire fleet. As the news story states, our vehicles are aging...

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Happy Autism Awareness Month!

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April is known for the rain, the beginnings of spring weather, Easter and Passover celebrations, and the promise of blooming greenery. And it also happens to be Autism Awareness Month. Statistics are often thrown around when it comes to autism and, odds are, we’ve all heard them. We’re familiar with the stat that says 1 in 68 children in America are diagnosed with autism. We know that scientifically, the disorder is more common in boys than girls. We’ve heard the numbers. But the thing is, people with autism are so much more...

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Heading into April with a full heart and an even more full calendar

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It’s officially spring, and it’s finally starting to feel like it. The temperature has been rising (albeit mixed with more than a little rain), and the flowers are starting to bloom. As we near April, our commercial’s run in Westview Cinema reaches a close. We’re so very thankful for the sponsors who made this dream come true for us: Wegmans, Money Mentor Group, WLR Automotive Group, Soldierfit, and Matt Wesp. But, with the end of one exciting event comes the start of another. Or, in our case, many others. The next few...

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Happy World Down Syndrome Day!

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Today is World Down Syndrome Day! According to, today was selected as World Down Syndrome Day because the 21st day of the third month signifies “the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.” March 21 is important for the global community for so many reasons. Firstly, it serves as reminder that all people are worthy of love, respect and kindness. Secondly, it forces us to take a second to remember that there isn’t just one way to make a difference and...

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Gearing up for bingo once again

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It’s hard to believe with the impending snow storm but, yes, spring is almost upon us. And, even though it seems like we JUST held our fall bingo, we’re already well into planning our spring event! Spring bingo is pretty exciting for us for a variety of reasons, not the least of which being we just love the opportunity to get out in the community and have a great time with everyone (and who doesn’t love winning great prizes?!) This spring, we have even more reason to look forward to bingo, as we’re taking a slightly...

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CLI is headed to the Big Screen!

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We are so excited to announce some big news! Starting this Friday, March 3, and running through the entire month, CLI will have our very own commercial showing at Westview Cinemas in Frederick!                                                                           The commercial will be shown before every movie, all day, every day, and in the lobby. This is huge for us for so many reasons. The commercial itself coincides with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. During this month, and all months of the year, CLI...

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Working isn’t just about having a job

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According to Pew Research Center, more than 150 million people are part of the American workforce. For most of us, working is a huge part of our daily lives. It becomes our routine and, largely, our source of stability and financial wellbeing. But, for the majority of Americans, working isn’t just about earning a paycheck. Having a job contributes substantially to our sense of self-worth. Regardless of how much we may prefer to stay at home relaxing (who doesn’t!?) most of us need our jobs to help us feel like contributing members...

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Share a little love this Valentine’s Day

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Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day! Though the holiday is one celebrating love, it isn’t universally enjoyed. For people who aren’t in relationships, or those who have lost a significant other or partner, Valentine’s Day can be difficult. It can be hard to watch other people celebrating something you’ve lost or perhaps never had. But Valentine’s Day can be about so much more than romantic relationships. Instead of feeling deprived, we can choose to feel grateful for the love of any kind we have in our lives. We...

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