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Extra Mile Award 2017

Extra Mile Award 2017

Tom Peale, Trader Joe's employee and Project Independence client, gave this congratulatory  speech at our 2017 Walk for Independence on September 8th 2017 as Trader Joe's was presented the Extra Mile Award for going above and beyond to support Project Independence and our programs: Good morning everyone! What a great morning it has been! My name is Tom Peale, and it is my pleasure to be here today to congratulate Trader Joe’s on receiving the Extra Mile Award from Project Independence. I have worked at Trader Joe’s for over 18 years, and I have been a client of Project Independence also for 18 years.Read More

Costa Mesa Walk for Independence draws hundreds to aid people with developmental disabilities

Costa Mesa Walk for Independence draws hundreds to aid people with developmental disabilities

by Daily Pilot staff  | os Angeles Times | September 9, 2017 More than 200 people strolled through Costa Mesa’s TeWinkle Park on Saturday morning during the annual Walk for Independence. The event, in its eighth year, is put on by Project Independence, a Costa Mesa-based nonprofit that helps people with developmental disabilities. Participants on Saturday, including individuals whom the nonprofit supports, received a T-shirt, a goody bag and breakfast. The event also included exhibitors, entertainment, games and raffle prizes. Organizers said the goal was to raise $50,000. Project Independence is celebrating its 40th anniversary. In 2007, it merged with the Vantage Foundation, another organization that servedRead More


We serve over 700 people with developmental disabilities in Southern California as they experience life and discover their potential for independence, as every person should have the opportunity to do – regardless of disability.

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OC Marathon

May 7,2017

Join us again this year at the Orange County Marathon. We will be cheering on all the runners including our teams from Project Independence at the award-winning Water Station Mile 23. Come join us for the fun!

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Walk for Independence

September 9, 2017

Here we go! This will be our 8th Annual Walk For Independence raising support and awareness for the wonderful people we serve. Last year we raised ten of thousands of dollars and celebrated our new community partners including Paul Mitchell, Cane’s, Fluidmaster, Target, Home Depot and so many more. But, most importantly, it was so much fun. We are currently adding to this wonderful list of those who support our mission as sponsors, donors, registrants, exhibitors and volunteers. Join us for the fun! Look for more information under Events. Start your team now and we will see you there!

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