Charlotte, NC (PRWEB) June 29, 2012
Local New Jersey not-for-profit The Erika Lynn Foundation (ELF) is pleased to have the support of New Jersey community businesses, in particular that of global marketing and web development firm AIMG. AIMG, which has its design and development office in Clifton, New Jersey, designed ELF’s first website back in 2009 and continues to provide the foundation with marketing and development services.
“It is a pleasure to support this organization,” said Joe DeMicco, Founder & CEO of AIMG. “One cannot help but get caught up in the passion, the love and the endless energy that drives this grassroots organization to fulfill its mission to ensure children and young adults challenged by autism and other childhood diseases get the opportunities and support they need. Their efforts have a positive effect on everyone, including the many New Jersey and now North Carolina communities in which they serve.”
In 1986, the Dixon’s daughter Erika Lynn, just two years old at the time, was diagnosed with Autism. Devastated by the doctor’s prognosis, which painted a very bleak future for Erika, the Dixons set out to learn all they could so that their daughter could live a full and productive life as much as possible. Filled with a desire to share what they are learning and to help other families, Mike and Linda Dixon started the Erika Lynn Foundation in 2009.
“AIMG helped us to get the Erika Lynn Foundation on the internet by building us a beautiful website in 2009,” said Mike Dixon, the foundation’s Founder & President. “We’re in the process now of working with AIMG to expand the website and to develop materials we can use to promote our programs and events.”
The Erika Lynn Foundation’s flagship initiative is used clothing collection. ELF approaches local property owners, landlords, schools, shopping centers, banks, and places of worship to request the placement of its clothing collection bins on the property. The collected clothing is then sold in the Erika Lynn Foundation Thrift Store located in South Plainfield, New Jersey, as well as by the pound to resellers. A recent event involved a challenge to local New Jersey schools to participate in a clothing drive by placing a collection bin on school property. Washington Elementary School of Edison, New Jersey was the winner of the Pound for Pound clothing drive and received public recognition and a special prize from the foundation. The school’s principal Dalia Mirrione stated that “ELF’s mission and Erika’s legacy are amazing” and that she is proud to rally behind the cause.
Among the Erika Lynn Foundation’s many initiatives, the foundation partners with individuals, local businesses, and other local organizations to bring varied specialized programs directly to the children, young adults and families who will benefit from them. Alfred “AJ” Dixon, Erika’s brother and ELF’s VP of Operations, promotes the foundation’s “exercise and socialization” events.
“These events provide autistic children and their families with a chance to socialize,” said AJ. “Many of them find it hard to find ways for their kids to interact with others. Our events give them a way to do that. Our goal is to host at least one of these events per month. Our most recent was in cooperation with the Keystone Community Residence right here in South Plainfield [NJ]. This past April we also partnered with the Salon Professional Academy to raise funds for the foundation. My sister Erika had the opportunity to participate in the school’s show as a runway model. And she did a great job. Society is sometimes too quick to discount children on the autism spectrum by setting restrictive boundaries. Part of our mission is to demonstrate what’s possible through the things Erika does. We want to show that if Erika can do it so can others.”
New Jersey commercial property owners and managers interested in helping out by granting permission for a clothing bin to be placed on your property, or those interested in learning more about the Erika Lynn Foundation please visit the website at http://www.erikalynn.org or call 732-3-AUTISM or Mike Dixon at (908) 715-1694. The foundation’s Thrift Store is located at 2601 Hamilton Blvd., South Plainfield, NJ 07080 or call (908) 834-2125.
“Like my mom, Linda Dixon, says, we just want to do everything we can to ensure people with disabilities are welcomed by society as contributing members and that they have the best quality of life possible,” said AJ. “We are especially appreciative of the continued guidance and support we get from AIMG and to all the community businesses and volunteers who help us to fulfill our mission.”
“The Erika Lynn Foundation does great things for all the right reasons,” said DeMicco. “We just want to use the tools we have to help them succeed and we encourage others to support them as well.”
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About Joe DeMicco
[Joe DeMicco has been an online and marketing consultant for almost 20 years. He started his flagship company AIMG | Accurate Imaging in 1994. He has worked as a consultant and produced solutions for companies like BMW, Discovery Communications, Publicis, Thomas Register (ThomasNet), Net2Phone, Robotic Industries Association, Automated Imaging Association, Hose-McCann Communications, E-Z-EM (now Bracco Imaging), and Excite Media Group. In 2007 he established Industrial Web Solutions, which specializes in online and offline solutions for industrial manufacturers. His blog DeMicco.com offers business development tips.