Inspiring hope with aspiring hands

. May 31, 2013.

Having a developmental disability shouldn't mean social isolation, but that’s unfortunately the case for many with lifelong physical or mental impairments. Aspiring Hands has been helping individuals with developmental disabilities find volunteer work in the community and connect with others for the past five years. Executive Director Bryon Schaefer explains that these volunteers are out in the community everyday, assisting at local nonprofit organizations like food pantries and the Toledo Area Humane Society. Schaefer defines the affirmative attitude of Aspiring Hands. “Our focus is on capabilities — not necessarily what we can't do, but what we can.” Beginning in March of this year, Aspiring Hands branched out to involve school children with an after-school program held at the Boulevard Church of Christ in Sylvania.

For more information on how to enroll in the after-school program or participate as a volunteer, visit Aspiring Hands (located at 7066 Sandy Spring, Maumee) online at or contact Schaefer at 419-290-5788.