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Crowds at TeWinkle ‘Walk for Independence,’ to help adults with developmental disabilities

  BY SARA CARDINESTAFF WRITER  OCT. 3, 2022 5:22 PM PT Locals laced up their shoes Saturday and headed to Costa Mesa’s TeWinkle Park to “Walk for Independence,” an annual fundraiser for the nonprofit Project Independence, which helps adults with developmental disabilities live, work and play as self-sufficiently as possible. Now in its 13th year, the walk funds programs that assist people with daily living skill
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13th Annual Walk for Independence funder set for Oct. 1 in Costa Mesa

Nonprofit Project Independence’s walk at TeWinkle Park in Costa Mesa will help launch National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Nonprofit Project Independence invites champions for the rights of people with developmental disabilities to run, walk or roll at its 13th Annual Walk for Independence, set for Saturday, October 1, 2022 at 8 AM in-person at TeWinkle Park in Costa Mesa to help launch National Disa
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Project Independence Nets $11,735 with OC Community Foundation

24-Hour online fundraiser helped Project Independence provide programs and services for people living with developmental disabilities. Costa Mesa-based Project Independence (PI) – https://www.proindependence.org – and 12 aligned nonprofits partnered with the Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) on May 11 for Empowering Possibilities, a collaborative Giving Day to support people with disabilities livi
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Project Independence Partners With Community Foundation For Giving Day

24-Hour Fundraiser, May 11, Seeks to Raise $150K For Nonprofits With Programs and Services for People Living with Disabilities in County Dan Pittman, Neighbor Posted Thu, May 5, 2022 at 7:45 am PT| Costa Mesa-based Project Independence (PI) – https://www.proindependence.org – and 12 aligned nonprofits will partner with the Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) on May 11 for Empowering Possibilities, a
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Outrigger paddling adventure lets adults of all abilities ‘come out and play’

Suited up in life jackets and with paddles in hand, clients served by the Costa Mesa nonprofit Project Independence hit the waters of Upper Newport Bay Thursday in outrigger canoes in search of a high seas adventure. About 20 adventurers — many of whom participate in local programs aimed at giving adults with developmental disabilities opportunities to live, work and flourish — showed up ready to make waves at the Ne
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Dorothy Blubaugh Joins Project Independence

On The Move Dorothy Blubaugh has joined Costa Mesa-based Project Independence as chief operations officer and director of community day services. Previously, she served as director of operations for California-based Institute of Applied Behavior Analysis, which provides positive behavior practices in a range of services, for children and adults with disabilities and autism, both internationally and within the United
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Robert Watson Named CEO of Nonprofit Project Independence

Stepping up from his role as associate director at PI, Watson will replace current CEO Debra Marsteller, who is retiring after 40 years. Posted Wed, Sep 22, 2021 at 12:13 pm PT| Dan Pittman The volunteer Board of Directors of nonprofit Project Independence (PI) has named Robert Watson, a seasoned professional with many years of experience working with adults with developmental disabilities, the Costa Mesa-based organ
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Project Independence Clients Paddle An Outrigger For Independence

Adults with developmental disabilities take to the water at Newport Aquatic Center via Project Independence’s Access 2 Adventure program By Dan Pittman, Neighbor Nonprofit Project Independence’s Access to Adventure (A2A) program for its clients with developmental disabilities has returned with outdoor adventures and activities. Recently, a group from the Costa Mesa-based organization gathered at Newport A
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One Year In, Collaboration Still Dishing Up Hot Meals, Dignity To O.C.’s Neediest Residents

Holley Sao, kitchen manager for Toast Kitchen + Bakery in Costa Mesa, prepares meals for Delivering with Dignity on Wednesday. One year in, the collaboration of donors, volunteers, assistance agencies and local restaurants has delivered 81,000 hot meals to people in need. (Scott Smeltzer / Staff Photographer) By SARA CARDINESTAFF WRITER JULY 1, 2021 5:09 PM PT As Orange County entered the long stretch of the coronavi
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Orange County Community Foundation Collaborative Giving Days

            by: Dan Pittman Posted: May 7, 2021 COSTA MESA…Project Independence and nine aligned nonprofits will partner with the Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) on May 20 for Empowering Possibilities, a collaborative Giving Day to support people with disabilities living in Orange County. The 24-hour online effort aims to raise $100,000 for 10 nonprofits offering a range
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