Culver's of Valparaiso celebrated giving back to their community in a big way through a generous donation of over $1,000 given to the Autism Society of Indiana.
"Right now is Autism Awareness Month so we reached out to find a local organization and decided that Autism Society of Indiana is a great organization that works with children in need of services," said Marilyn Christman, General Manager at Culver's of Valparaiso.
Autism Society of Indiana District 1 Ally Susan Moreno was present to accept the award on behalf of the organization as well as discuss why this organization was so important to Indiana.
"We try to connect families to sources of therapy and services as well as education advocacy," said Moreno. "Our state office helps in encouraging legislation in helping families with all kinds of disabilities as well as offering free services to families. It is also worth noting that every person who works in the field our organization has a child that has autism."
When asked about the donation from Culver's Moreno expressed her gratitude and admiration for all of the community work and donations that Culver's does consistently.
"Culvers has been extremely generous to us," said Moreno. "They did way more than just raising money, they did a beautiful job in the staging of our products and were just exceptional in every possible way."
For Moreno, her reason to work with Autism Society of Indiana, as well as charitable businesses like Culver's comes from personal reasons very close to her.
"One in every 42 boys born in Indiana today will end up with a diagnosis of Autism. We're not happy about this, but we want people to know that this diagnosis is not a horrible condemnation," said Moreno. "There are many wonderful opportunities for learning and growth in adults with autism. My own daughter, who was told when she was three that she might not even recognize us as her parents, currently lives on her own, holds down two jobs and speaks three languages."
For Culver's, this is just one of many opportunities they take to ensure that the community they serve is taken care of beyond goods and services, but in community sustainability and well-being.
"One of the main things is that Culver's was started on hospitality and what better way to give back to your community than to give back to local organizations that are in need than by doing things like this?" said Christman. "We have a phenomenal base of guests that come here as well as our amazing team that gets into giving back. We can give back and it's an awesome feeling. We are one family that joins together as well as having members giving back to the community. The team here is amazing."
"I've dealt with a lot of different businesses and organizations and what amazes me is their team spirit," said Moreno. "They are like a family, not just a group of associates. They all pull for each other and all support each other which then goes to the public who feels welcome. It's like visiting someone's home and it feels awesome."
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