It isn’t often that you can walk into a store and know your purchases are going to a worthy cause. That is exactly what happened when supporters of Manes & Motions Therapeutic Riding Center visited Good Cause Gifts in Berlin. Good Cause Gifts and Manes & Motions recently teamed up for a common cause – to help individuals who live with disabilities from the surrounding communities of Berlin, New Britain, and Middletown – enjoy more fulfilling lives. Patrons from surrounding towns came together for an evening of shopping, meeting new and old friends, and supporting two organizations - both focused on improving the lives of individuals with disabilities and special needs.
Good Cause Gifts is a unique gift shop that offers one-of-a-kind items including jewelry, scarves, pottery from local artisans, baby items; stonewall kitchen products and holiday merchandise. Every item sold at the store benefits individuals living with disabilities by providing employment/training opportunities, supporting local artisans with merchandise in the store, or by sponsoring fundraising events for not-for-profit programs, such as Manes & Motions. Organizations that hold shopping events at Good Cause Gifts receive a portion of the proceeds from the event’s sales. The money recently raised for Manes & Motions will go specifically to its campaign for a new indoor riding arena in Middletown.
Good Cause Gifts is a Division of Futures Inc., a non-profit agency, dedicated to helping individuals with disabilities live fully-integrated lives within their local community, by offering employment opportunities and social activities. Manes & Motions Therapeutic Riding Center is also dedicated to improving the well being of children and adults living with physical, cognitive and/or emotional special needs through the benefits of equine-assisted activities.
Currently, Manes & Motions has no indoor accommodation for riders, forcing this program to shut down for five and a half months each winter, and during inclement weather. The money raised with Good Cause Gifts will support the Manes & Motions Indoor Arena Campaign. The site plan calls for a 10,580 square-foot indoor riding arena, a new covered walkway to the stable, a classroom, observation area, offices and restrooms, at a cost of $600,000. The addition of an indoor arena will afford riders year-round participation, and opens the door for improved and enhanced services for Manes & Motions. This will increase ridership by an estimated 50 percent over five years, virtually eliminating cancellations due to weather conditions. There will no longer be shutdown periods during the winter months and inclement weather. And in summer, the indoor arena will provide shade for therapy horses, and riders who are sensitive to the intense heat of the sun. It is the only way to ensure the growth, and future, of this most important program.
If you are interested in hosting a fundraiser at Good Cause Gifts in Berlin, please call the store at (860) 828-1752.