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SPG Gives Back

Special Olympics Volunteer Opportunity

SPG is a proud sponsor of Special Olympics of Northern California. Join your SPG colleagues and volunteer at the 2019 Unified Flag Footbal Regional Tournament! This event is the culmination of the season for teams from Alameda, Contra Costa, Fresno, Monterey, Placer/Nevada, Sacramento/Yolo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Joaquin, and Tuolumne Counties. Teams are comprised of Special Olympics Athletes and Unified Partners.


When: Saturday October 26th, 8:00 am-12:00 pm

Where: Heather Farm Park, 301 N. San Carlos Drive, Walnut Creek

To volunteer, please RSVP to Jennifer Lopez ( Space is limited, so RSVP ASAP!


Autism Speaks

SPG was a sponsor of the Autism Speaks Walk in San Francisco on September 22nd. The SPG booth offered a number of sensory activities that were a big hit, and SPG volunteers shared information and resources with attendees.



Hope Closet Food Drive

Donate to the Luther Burbank High School’s Hope Closet, established by SPG SLP, Lisa Ahn. The Hope Closet provides basic necessities like clothes, shoes, non-perishable food items, school supplies, and hygiene products to students in need and their families. The generosity of school staff and the community help sustain this program, as well as the assistance of Luther Burbank’s students with disabilities, who help in organizing and delivering donated items under the supervision of the speech-language pathologist.


Bring your healthy, non-perishable food items to the Hope Closet donations bin in the Walnut Creek office, or turn in to your clinical supervisor. Donations will also be accepted at the SPG Company Party on November 16th.


Do you have a worthy non-profit cause in need of monetary, material, or service support? Contact Jane Krider ( for more information on how to apply for philanthropic assistance through SPG:CSI or SPG.


The Speech Pathology Group: Children’s Services International

SPG: Children’s Services International, a 501c3 nonprofit, has joined in partnership with some wonderful charitable organizations benefiting children. In July, SPG SLPs Alejandra Gil and Maret Wilson Walker volunteered with SPG:CSI partner, Children of Mexico International (COMI).


Alejandra worked in Guadalajara for two week-long COMI missions. The first, serving residents of an orphanage, most of whom have Cerebral Palsy and are non-verbal and many of whom have feeding as well as communication needs. Maret joined Alejandra and COMI for the second mission, which focused on multi-disciplinary (psych, PT, speech) hippotherapy sessions. Parent training on language stimulation and take-home communication and behavior support visuals were provided, courtesy of SPG:CSI. COMI volunteers also visited a women’s convalescent home for some cut throat Lotería and prizes, donated by SPG:CSI. Great work was done, and there was also plenty of time for fun!


COMI missions are open to anyone – SLPs, RBTs, BCBAs, students, anyone willing to offer themselves to this worthy cause. Please contact Maret (, if you are interested in volunteering with COMI next summer or sometime in the future.