Do. Unto. Others.

Wayne Westland DUO

Encouraging hope, spreading joy, and fostering companionship in our local special needs community.

Upcoming DUO in Action Events & Fundraisers

The following upcoming events/fundraisers will benefit Wayne-Westland D.U.O., our membership, & the community at large. Please Contact Us with any questions!

ONGOING EVENTS

Do Unto Others while Shopping!

We are excited to announce that there are 3 VERY easy ways to help support WWDUO while you shop this year.

Like to shop on Amazon.com?
Shop for the same products through AmazonSmile.com instead & a portion of your purchase will be donated to DUO! Click here for step-by-step instructions to sign-up.

Do you buy or sell items on eBay.com?
When setting up your eBay sales, you now have the option of giving a portion of your item sales to DUO through eBay Giving Works. Not only do you help Do Unto Others with every sale, but your items will benefit from enhanced searchability & several other unique program features that will attract more buyers. You can also support us by shopping for items that are being sold in aid of us on eBay. Click here for step-by-step instructions to sign-up.

Shop at Kroger for groceries?
Through Kroger's Community Rewards program, you can help Do Unto Others with every swipe of your Krogers card. Just sign-up for an online account and designate DUO as your charity, and a portion of every sale (when using your Kroger card) will be donated to DUO! Click here for step-by-step instructions to sign-up.

All three are simple to set-up, and once you've done so, you'll no longer have to do anything - the benefits are automatic.

Thank you for your support through these opportunities!

----------- Past Events/Fundraisers ------------

Friday, Oct. 21: Lip Sync Battle 2.0 & Dance

Nearly 60 DUO members joined us in the Jefferson Barnes Community Vitality Center gym on Friday, October 21 for Lip Sync Battle 2.0 and Dance!


Most everyone was clad in their Halloween costumes and enjoyed the live DJ, dance lights & snacks while either lip syncing to their favorite song or dancing away on the dance floor.


We saw several familiar faces and were very excited to met a few new friends (including Cody, who is a new DUO member & a has his Michael Jackson moves down! See his video here.)


To view photos from the event, click here.

Sunday, September 18: Picnic @ the Park

Freedom Park, Canton MI


Athletes, parents and friends joined DUO at Freedom Park in Canton on Sunday September 18 for a fun-filled day of disc golf, basketball, bingo, catch, baseball, arts & crafts and more!

Roman, the grill-master, served up burgers & brats and we all enjoyed a nice lunch in the beautiful weather.

Thanks to everyone who joined us!

Sunday, August 21: Sportway of Westland

We had a great turnout for our 2nd annual Sportway outing on Sunday, August 21. Twenty DUO members - three new faces! - and fifteen chaperones enjoyed the go carts, batting cages, and mini golf course throughout the day.


It looks like Mike took the lead in this go cart race! >>>

Saturday, July 9: 2nd Annual DUO 5K and Family Field Day

What an amazing event! Thank you to all of our participants, volunteers, DUO members, and sponsors for another fun and exciting 5K and Family Field Day event!

This event has raised more than $11,000 in the past two years to help provide quality programs, education, and social events for the local special needs community.
 

Monday, June 27: U of D Basketball Camp

What a fun morning of basketball at the University of Detroit Mercy!

A dozen DUO members participated in the U of D Basketball Camp for people with intellectual disabilities on Monday, June 27.

The annual camp is a one-day clinic for special needs players, ages 12 and older, to learn and develop fundamental basketball skills while working with Titan coaches, players and alumni.

After the camp, participants and chaperones were treated to lunch before returning home for the day.

Monday, May 9: Lip Sync Battle @ the DUO Office

Wow! What an awesome night! Thanks so much to the huge group that came to our town hall meeting and first ever Lip Sync Battle!

Classics like Brittany Spears, The Beach Boys, Michael Jackson, and Will Smith made an appearance, among MANY others! Everyone had such a great time, we stayed a full hour past the scheduled event time!

To view more photos & videos from the battle, click here.

Sunday, May 20: Movie & Pizza Night in Downtown Wayne

What's better than dinner & a movie on a Sunday afternoon!?

On Sunday, May 20 DUO took 28 members to go see Captain America: Civil War at the State Wayne theater, then headed over to Pizza Hut for dinner.

The somewhat long movie (2.5 hours) helped the group work up a nice appetite, and a great time was had by all!

More photos can be seen here.

Saturday, April 9: Belleville Autism Walk

On Saturday, April 9 DUO sponsored a team at the Autism Walk at Belleville High School to support the Van Buren Eagles and two local schools.

DUO was able to make a $100 donation to the Eagles for the event and 10 DUO members came to show their support and get some exercise!

Thanks to all that attended and showed their support to another local organization doing great things for the special needs community!

Monday, March 14:
Educational Session for parents, guardians & family members

On Monday, March 14, DUO hosted:
Marty Bodnar, Attorney at Pear Sperling Eggan & Daniels, P.C.
Doug Jenvey, Registered Financial Representative for Western-Southern Life Insurance Company
Kurt Davis, Insurance Broker for Western-Southern Life Insurance Company

Questions ranging from "what's the difference between guardianship & power of attorney" to "how can I afford a special needs trust for my child" to "how do I make sure my child is taken care of after I'm gone" were asked and answered.

If you missed the session but would like these questions answered for yourself, send us an email and we'll get you in touch with Marty, Doug, or Kurt.

To learn more about the difference between a special needs trust and an ABLE account, download this comparison chart.

Saturday, February 20: 4th wall theatre workshop!

Theatre is for everyone! Singing, dancing, acting - 2 hours of nothing but FUN, plus FREE dinner!


20 DUO members joined 4th wall theatre company on Saturday, February 20 for an enriching theatre experience with music and movement therapy. After a 2-hour workshop, the participants created a showcase performance for family and friends to see!

After the performance, all participants and their friends and family in the audience were invited to enjoy dinner with the DUO board at the community center.

Click here to view a video that showcases the excitement of the day!

January 16: Gleaners Volunteer Outing

On Satuday, January 16 a large group of our members visited Gleaners Community Food Bank's Taylor warehouse and helped fold bags for the largest food drive of the year, packed BackPacks full of fruits, veggies, and protein for local kids to eat over the weekend, and sorted donated food and product for distribution to partner agencies.

Thanks to all who joined us! It's amazing the impact 35 people can make in just a few short hours!

December 19: USA Hockey Outing

More than 30 DUO members & Friends of DUO enjoyed a fun night out at the USA Hockey Arena (formerly the Plymouth Whalers rink) in Plymouth.

For only $5 each, participants received a full meal from CJ's Brewing Company and a front-row seat to watch the USA Hockey National Development Team take on the Dubuque Fighting Saints!

Though the USA Hockey team lost, our group had a lot of fun cheering them on while they sat only inches from the ice!

More event photos can be viewed here.

October 4: Craft and Game Day at Freedom Park

More than twenty DUO members braved the cold weather for an outing at Freedom Park in Canton.


Participants enjoyed coffee, sweets, and a warm lunch from Lee’s chicken, and played frisbee golf, football toss, horseshoes, and enjoyed crafts and games!


View more photos here.

AUGUST 23: Sportway of Westland Outing

Forty DUO members enjoyed a fun outing at Sportway of Westland on Sunday, August 23.


For only $5.00, all participants were able to enjoy a ride on the go carts, a few swings in the batting cages, a round of miniature golf, and lunch from McDonald's!


View photos from the event here.

All participants were also entered to win great raffle prizes!

JULY: DUO 5K & Family Field Day

Saturday, July 11


Lower Huron Metro Park | Belleville, MI


THANK YOU!
More than 50 runners and walkers enjoyed the 5K course and even more stuck around to enjoy the Field Day activities at our inaugural event at the Lower Huron Metro Park.


SUCCESS!

Thanks to your support, and the support of our sponsors, over $5,000 was raised at the event to help support our upcoming DUO In Action programs that provide social, physical, and educational activities for those in our community with special needs.


NEXT YEAR

If you are interested in participating next year as a runner/walker, Field Day participant, volunteer, or sponsor, please contact us and let us know! We'll keep you in the loop and you'll be the first to receive sign-up information in 2016.


MAY 2: Gleaners Community Food Bank Volunteer Outing

Twenty DUO members joined us at Gleaners Community Food Bank on Saturday, May 2nd to help feed hungry neighbors in Wayne county! The group visited the Detroit distribution center to learn about hunger in our community and had a hands-on volunteer experience, helping to bag 4,875 pounds of sweet potatoes to help feed hungry kids and families at seven local schools!


Big thanks to those that joined us - we hope to have a similar outing again this year!

APRIL 26: Young Frankenstein at The Village Theatre

We had a blast at the showing of the New Mel Brooks Musical "Young Frankenstein" (PG13) on Sunday, April 26!

Not only did we get to see a great show, but we also received a back-stage tour from some of the cast!


You can view some of the photos from the outing on our Facebook page.

Detroit Red Wings Alumni vs. Westland Wild Wings
What a night!

Thank you to the large group that joined us at the
Mike Modano Ice Arena to watch the Detroit Red Wings Alumni take on the Westland Wild Wings!

Pucks were flying, festive pom-poms were waving, prizes were won, and fun was had by all.

Click here to view some of the photos from the event.
More great photos can be found here & here.

View the press release on the event here.

Detroit Historical Museum Outing

On Sunday, January 25th, Wayne-Westland DUO hosted a very fun outing to the Detroit Historical Museum! 


Thirty participants enjoyed the tri-story establishment, learned a little about the history of the Motor City, and exchanged smiles, high-fives, hugs, and laughs along the way. Afterward, we traveled back to Wayne for dinner at the local Pizza Hut before ending the outing.


Click here to view photos!

Macy's Shop for a Cause
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Big thanks to Pat Gutierrez for championing this new fundraising initiative!

Thanks also to everyone else who pitched in - either to help sell the shopping passes, those that purchased the passes, and those that helped spread the word.

We look forward to participating in this event again next year!
Wayne-Westland DUO Grand Summer Slam
Saturday, July 19, 2014 @ Wayne Ford Civic League
We'd like to thank everyone who came out & braved the weather at the Grand Summer Slam event!

After about a half an hour of hard rain, it actually cleared up & was perfect weather for a softball game!

Click here to view photos from the day's events.