San Diego Pride has awarded Options For All
(OFA) its inaugural Volunteer Community Partner of the Year Award. OFA is a nonprofit organization which gives people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities more options for living their lives to the fullest.
Since San Diego Pride's annual Rally, Parade, and Festival went virtual this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the production of Pride Live 2020
required a new set of volunteer skills. Options For All participants played an instrumetal role in editing videos for the day-long production which aired Saturday, July 18.
Founded in 1985, Options For All serves people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities, helping empower them to become fully-participating members of their communities. The organization serves over 1,300 individuals who face the challenges of autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, hearing and vision impairments, learning and intellectual disabilities, and severe behavioral disorders. Headquartered in San Diego, Options For All offers a wide range of programs and services throughout the state of California, in San Diego, the Inland Empire, Silicon Valley, and Santa Cruz.
According to Fernando Z. López, Executive Director of San Diego Pride, “The Film and Media program at Options For All was a perfect fit for all Pride had to accomplish in 2020. The students and graduates of the program are incredible. They were able to step in and support Pride’s efforts by editing nearly 100 videos from community members and partners to be included in the Pride Live event.”
“We’re truly honored to receive this distinguished recognition,” said Ken Barnes, CEO of Options For All. “San Diego Pride represents a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and respect for all members of our community. We share those same values, which is why we love our partnership with San Diego Pride.”