Project We Lead is a nonprofit group of young people with disabilities that work together for opportunities to connect them individually with the community and they provide experiences that they may use later to secure employment.
"One of the things that often happens is that young people with disabilities don't get the same volunteer opportunities or job opportunities other young people their age get, which makes making a resume and things like that much more difficult down the road,” says Jessica Croner, Founder of ‘Project We Lead’.
Outreach events are one of things they enjoy doing as a group.
"We are working on a fundraiser recently and so that's always fun, but it feels really good to know that you are having an affect, or that you are going to have a greater affect on the community and being involved in a more direct way,” says Aaron Rold, ‘Project We Lead’.
One event they will be holding is an auction fundraiser and potato feed to raise money so they can do more outreach events.
"But those events where we can really outreach to the community are the ones that we really love because we not only want to reach young people with disabilities, but we want to reach the community and educate them on working with young people with disabilities and how that's possible and a benefit to them,” added Croner.
President of the organization, Justin Kauffman says why he thinks it's important to be involved in this project.
"I think the social aspect of it, you meet new people, we learn new things. I am shocked at how many people have a disability, and some people don't know anything about people with disabilities,” says Justin Kauffman, President of ‘Project We Lead’.
"I really want the community to come and join us, that is really a main goal of this organization and this group is to have all members of the community join together,” concluded Croner.
The auction fundraiser and potato feed that they will be hosting, will be at 6:00pm on Feb. 8th at The First Baptist Church in Pocatello and the event promises to be a fun night with a live DJ, games, and great auction prizes.
Tickets are $4 in advance and $6 at the door. If you want to purchase tickets in advance or want any information about ‘Project We Lead’, you can contact Jessica Croner at (208)404-4282