Coastal Bringing Up Down Syndrome of Southeastern NC, Inc. (Coastal BUDS)
Organization Purpose and Mission Statement:
We believe that every child has the right to be accepted in their community and have similar opportunities as that of their peers. Our mission is to support, connect and provide resources and opportunities for people with DS and their families in Southeastern North Carolina. By raising awareness and educating our community we help others include and clearly see the value of people with Down syndrome.
Executive Director Information
We serve the Down syndrome community with parent education (Welcome Bags & lending library and workshops/support group), sending parents to conferences such as NC Down Syndrome Conference, DSAIA, NDSS Adult Summit for adults with Down syndrome, recreational and educational programming for individuals with Down syndrome (iCan Swim Camp (an adapted learn to swim camp), Next Chapter Book Club, & in the future cooking classes), and benevolent funding for heart surgeries (through our High Hopes: Emerson High Heart Fund), and other necessary items that are not covered under insurance (through our newest benevolent fund, which is yet unnamed). The Cape Fear Buddy Walk which takes place in the fall, is our largest fundraising event. By including businesses, sponsors, volunteers and our local media we educate the community, raise awareness and funds for our organization.