Great Lakes Collaborative for Autism


Be a Hero for Autism!

Each year, The Great Lakes Collaborative for Autism (GLCA) presents a community wide fundraising campaign that promotes awareness and acceptance. Originally created as Give Autism the Boot! (GATB), this year we are changing the name to Be a Hero for Autism! to promote an encouraging event that demonstrates our commitment to growing opportunities, lives, and the future!

This campaign was developed and executed for the first time in 2006 by the GLCA. The primary concept of is to place local rescue workers along with civilian volunteers in high traffic stores and strategically located intersections to collect donations. We secure corporate sponsorship’s, in kind donations, local media support, and volunteers in the community to run this two day event. Nearly all money collected is distributed right back into the local community to provide additional services, programs and support for families affected by autism. Since 2006, the GLCA through this campaign has distributed over $1million to 18 different organizations that serve those touched by autism.

Volunteering is fun, easy, and rewarding! Just a couple of hours during a Friday or Saturday can make a big impact on our community!