Community Ambassadors Resource Alliance, also known as The CARA Group, is a volunteer driven 501c3 organization; our mission is to raise awareness and funds to enrich the lives of people with disabilities. Because CARA has no overhead or paid staff, 100% of the funds we raise directly benefit people with disabilities in our community.
CARA Funds may be requested when no other resources are available. Requests may be made through a Service Facilitator (Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services), or directly through a CARA partner agency (see Our Partners page). Funds are distributed in two areas: CARA Funds have a maximum of $250/annually per person and may cover recreation, social and entertainment opportunities; I-Learn funds have a maximum of $150/annually per person and may cover expenses for assistive technology or education that will promote independence. A CARA request form may be provided by contacting CARA at email@example.com.
CARA currently is made up of 14 non-profit “partner” agencies that provide support and services to people with developmental disabilities in our community. Each partner agrees to send a staff representative to CARA’s bi-monthly meetings. This representative acts as an ambassador by participating in fundraising events, raising awareness about CARA, sharing relevant information with their agency, and sharing good news about their agency during our Mission Moments at each CARA meeting. Each CARA meeting is hosted by a different partner agency.
CARA became a non-profit organization in 2006 and since has held numerous fundraisers and has funded hundreds of requests. While CARA’s primary focus is grassroots fundraising, CARA partners also collaborate to support the 2014 People for DD Services tax levy in Hamilton County that supports some 10,000 people with developmental disabilities in our community.
Check out our CARA CHAMPIONS on our SUPPORT CARA page!