Like so many regularly scheduled spring events, the Easterseals Rehabilitation Center in Evansville was forced to move or cancel a few of their regular fundraising efforts to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, including the annual telethon, originally scheduled for Sunday, April 5th, now scheduled for Sunday, July 19th.

Ahead of the new date, Easterseals is asking for advance donations to hopefully minimize the impact the virus threat has on their biggest fundraiser of the year, and are giving you the following options to make those donations from the comfort of home.

Thanks to an unnamed "generous friend of Easterseals," the first $10,000 raised ahead of the telethon will be matched dollar for dollar. So, if you're only able to give $10, that will be doubled to $20.

Another way you can help is by purchasing a ticket for their annual "All CA$H Raffle." The drawing was originally scheduled to take place on March 26th, but has been pushed back to date yet to be announced giving them extra time to sell additional tickets. Those can be purchased for $100 each by contacting Carolyn Franklin at 812-437-2607, or cfranklin@evansvillerehab.com.

In other Easterseals news, to help "flatten the curve" of the coronavirus, Easterseals has made the difficult decision to close the Rehab Center to the public until at least April 7th. However, they are continuing to offer several services their clients need in the following ways:

Hearing loss. Call 812-479-1411 to arrange hearing aid troubleshooting, assistance with other essential audiology equipment, pick-up of repairs and ear pieces, and emergency audiology services. If you are already a client, you may email your Easterseals Audiologist Christine Griffiths at cgriffiths@evansvillerehab.com or Jayne Fields at jfields@evansvillerehab.com.

Mobility. Call the Assistive Technology Solutions division, 812-492-0659, to obtain wheelchairs, scooters, modular ramps and other adaptive devices, or for urgent repairs to existing mobility equipment.

Short-term emergency psychological services. Available - regardless of ability to pay - for children and families dealing with issues such as anxiety and depression as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Families may call 812-437-2633.

Medical rehabilitation therapies. Conducted through tele-health. Continuing therapy services enables clients to keep making important progress toward their goals for independence.

Easterseals Early Learning Center. Continuing to operate at this time, as it is considered an essential service for children of differing abilities and their families. Additional safety measures are in place to provide the highest level of protection for staff, children, and family members.

Group Home and Community Living Services. Staff continue providing essential services around the clock. They are working hard to keep high-risk adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities safe, healthy, and progressing toward their personal goals.

Administrative and office functions. Being performed remotely, enabling the organization to continue providing essential services. Those who must work in the building are isolating themselves in accordance with recommended health guidelines.

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