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Everything Has Beauty But Not Everyone Sees It

Down Syndrome Awareness Month by Carey and Trevor McLaughlin Down Syndrome Awareness Month is during the month of October.  Being curious, I did a quick internet search of Awareness themes in October and it brought up no less than thirteen themes ranging from National Pizza Month to Breast Cancer Awareness...

A New Face At GiGi’s

Hi! My name is Madison, I am the new Site Coordinator at GiGi’s Playhouse Rochester! I fell in love with GiGi’s when I volunteered in the past for the Golf Tournament, and Cooking Class. I am so excited to not only work for this organization-but I am excited to get...

Run Your Own Marathon

GiGi’s Playhouse Literacy Program By Carey and Trevor McLaughlin My oldest daughter just completed a half marathon on her birthday in April.  Her road to running a half marathon was, in and of itself, a marathon.  She was never interested in sports as a young child, which mattered not at...

Volunteering For The Soul

Volunteering By Carey and Trevor McLaughlin I hated my first volunteer job.  That’s not a good way to start a blog about volunteering, but please keep reading.  In my family, once you were old enough, you became an acolyte at our church a couple times a month. I had to...

What is GiGi’s Playhouse?

What is GiGi’s Playhouse? By Trevor and Carey McLaughlin GiGi’s Playhouse is a Down Syndrome Achievement Center started by Nancy Gianni after her daughter, GiGi, was born. “The very first Playhouse was created to be an inspirational and dedicated place for families to celebrate their child and benefit from free,...

Kindness And Acceptance

Kindness and Acceptance By: Carey and Trevor McLaughlin ‘Pay it forward’ is the concept of one person performing a small act of kindness towards another without publicizing or broadcasting it and without an expectation of reciprocity, followed by that person helping someone else and onward until the acts of kindness...

“Move For Acceptance”

Grab Your Sneakers...It’s Time to Get Active For Acceptance Do you love supporting GiGi’s Playhouse, promoting acceptance, exercising with friends and family, or even all of the above? If so, join us on June 5, 2021, to kick off the GiGiFIT Acceptance Challenge and get moving for a cause. The...

Rock Your Socks- WDSD

World Down Syndrome Day World Down Syndrome Day!  March 21st By Carey McLaughlin World Down Syndrome Day is a global awareness day that has been officially observed since 2012 by the United Nations, and even longer in many other communities.  People with Down Syndrome have a third copy of the...

Teentastic Fantastic!

      Spotlight on Haley Everett and Josh Miles by Trevor and Carey McLaughlin Haley Everett and Josh Miles are two of our amazing volunteers from GiGi’s Playhouse Rochester.  Hayley and Josh run the Teentastic group on a biweekly basis.  When Covid-19 hit, Hayley and Josh pivoted to the...

Spot Light on Volunteers Jim and Chris Teich

      SPOTLIGHT ON:  Chris and Jim Teich, Outstanding Volunteers! By:  Trevor and Carey McLaughlin             At GiGi’s, our volunteers are at the heart of all we do.  Without our volunteers, GiGi’s wouldn’t be the amazing place that it is.  Two volunteers that we...

Not All Superheroes Wear Capes!

Written By:  Carey and Trevor McLaughlin Not all superheroes wear capes and leap over tall buildings in a single bound.  Some come into your living room through your computer and teach literacy and math skills!  At Gigi’s we are grateful to all of our superhero tutors who make literacy and...

GiGi’s Is Making “Leaps and Bounds”

(Written by Gabriella Hartman) GiGi’s is excited to announce our new Leaps and Bounds program which aims to promote social, emotional, and muscle development through environmental interaction. The program launched on October 21st, and will be undergoing a seven week trial period to test popularity and logistics. So far the...