Seva is a Sanskrit word meaning “selfless service” or work performed without any thought of reward or repayment. This time of year, especially, it is important to provide service to others no matter how busy we are.
You can support Have Dreams, a Chicago based non-profit that helps individuals with Autism learn, function independently and socialize so that they realize their full potential, at a fundraiser December 17th at Temperance Beer Co., 2000 W. Dempster Street in Evanston.
Join yoga instructor Jenny Arrington for a yoga class followed by a beer and good conversation supporting a good cause. Proceeds of the $15 per person fee go to Have Dreams. Click here to buy tickets.
Parent and activist David Wallach urges you to join him, “This is a great way for the yoga community to enjoy an inspiring workout and help a charity that has been aiding families for two decades. It’s exciting to see local businesses using their creativity to come up with new and fun ways to fund raise, be healthy and drink beer. That’s a great way to start any Saturday.”
Have Dreams offers programs for individuals diagnosed with ASD from the age of 16 months through young adulthood. Many families refer to Have Dreams as a “haven of hope” because our extracurricular programs help their child gain important life skills. The support and services we offer help to alleviate the social isolation often experienced by those touched by ASD. As a spectrum disorder, ASD impacts individuals with great variability from moderate to severe. Have Dreams serves individuals across the autism spectrum, affording priority to those with greater challenges as there are fewer alternative options available to them.
In ancient India seva was believed to help one’s spiritual growth and at the same time contribute to the improvement of a community. How are you sharing seva this time of year?