Introducing
the Connect Foundation

The Connect Foundation exists to help fund those who do not qualify for standard
services through Medicaid, to be able to receive select services through providing funding.

At the Connect Foundation we honor community, inclusivity, and opportunity through bridging the
gap in services for individuals with ASD in the larger Fayetteville
Area. We understand the need and seek to serve families in pursuit of select services.

Register Now for the WE RUN FOR AUTISM 5K

About the Race

This race is hosted by the Connect Foundation in support of Autism awareness. 

All proceeds go towards funding a social skills program for individuals with autism local to Fayetteville. This is a great reason to get out and move!!

The race takes off from Jordan Soccer complex and winds around on the Cape Feat River Trail and under the train trestle before returning back to the start. At the finish there will be food trucks and refreshments to enjoy and celebrate your accomplishment. 

The Details

When: Sunday April 14, 2024
8:00AM EDT9:30AM EDT

Where:
445 Treetop Dr Fayetteville, NC US 28311

Price: $30.00 Race Fee + $2.80 SignUp Fee

Registration: Price increases to $35.00 after April 12, 2024 at 11:59pm EDT

Our Services

The
Connect Foundation partners with local and national programs,
including ShineLight, Inc. to support individuals with autism through
the provision of funding. We intend to fund a variety of services
including:

Residential Options | Community Inclusion | Employment Opportunities
Social Skills Development | Music/Art Therapy

To Inquire About Funding:

If you have autism or are a family member seeking resources for your loved one, we would like to hear from you. Please fill out this inquiry form so we can gather your information and see how what we will offer could be the right fit for you. We will keep your information on record for once an opportunity to fund you becomes available. Filling out this form also provides vital information to us about what needs currently exist the most and how best we can meet those needs in our community.

Core Values

Community

We want to build a stronger Fayetteville Community through creating life-changing relationships.

Inclusivity

We want every member of the larger Fayetteville community to feel understood, accepted, and appreciated.

Opportunity

We want each individual with ASD to achieve his or her hopes and life objectives.

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Executive Director and Founder Nikki Giovanni Creecy

Starting the Connect Foundation is important to Nikki because she is a firm believer in community and that we all deserve equal opportunities. Through her 16 years of experience at ShineLight,Inc., assisting children, youth, and adults with autism to lead better lives, she has witnessed firsthand how there are not enough Medicaid funds for everyone who qualifies for services.

"I have encountered too many times when adults with autism simply cannot receive the support they need to live their best lives,” Nikki says, “I believe that helping one family at a time is the most powerful way to build community, and so the best way to improve the Fayetteville community is to grant funding to families who need it the most.”

Board Members

Nikki encourages individuals with a passion for building the Fayetteville community and/or whose life has been touched in some way by autism to apply to become a board member. Experience in real estate, law, or banking are preferred. If you would like to apply or would like to nominate another individual, please submit a board member application here or contact Nikki at nikki@shine-light.org.

Mr. Steve King

Exit Realty – Preferred Fayetteville

Licensed Agent, Real Estate

Mrs. Christine Blue

Wells Fargo Bank

Small Business Banker

Mr. Robert Carpenter

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Operations Sr. Analyst MKTS

Mission and Vision

Our MISSION is to bridge the financial and information gap between individuals with autism and available services through financial assistance, advocacy, and education in the larger Fayetteville area.

Our VISION is for every individual with autism-spectrum disorders in the larger Fayetteville area to have access to quality service programs to ensure community, inclusivity, and opportunity for all.​

Support the Connect Foundation

Please support our Foundation’s initiatives to serve the larger Fayetteville Community so access to life-changing programs can be made available to all.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Connect Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides funding for people with ASD that either lack insurance or are under insured. We aim to make sure people have access to the specialized services necessary to support them to accomplish their definition of a quality life.

Our MISSION is to bridge the financial and information gap between individuals with autism and available services through financial assistance, advocacy, and education in the larger Fayetteville area.

Our VISION is for every individual with autism-spectrum disorders in the larger Fayetteville area to have equal access to quality service programs to best ensure community, inclusivity, and opportunity for all.

Please first complete and submit our online survey so we can document what you need and see if our services are the right fit. We are applying for multiple grants for a variety of service areas. Once we have funding for the service area your loved one needs, we will be ready with your contact information.

The Connect Foundation provides funding for select services and partners with local and national programs to implement those services, including ShineLight Inc.

Services include:

  • Residential Options
  • Community Inclusion
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Social Skills Training
  • Rights Training
  • Music/Art Therapy

We are following all the CDC and state guidelines.

Shinelight, Inc. offers support services and education to individuals who qualify for the NC Medicaid waiver. The Connect Foundation bridges the GAP and helps to provide funding for services for those who either lack insurance, are under insured or do not qualify for the NC Medicaid waiver. People we support through this Foundation can get ShineLight services and supports, or choose another provider in their area.

If you qualify for services through the Connect Foundation, you do not have to go through ShineLight, Inc. It is also true that if you qualify for services through with ShineLight, Inc., it does not require that you access the Connect Foundation. They are separate entities who work in partnership.

Cumberland, Bladen, Hoke, Moore, Sampson, and Robeson counties

Our headquarters is located in the downtown Fayetteville area. Our mailing address is the Connect Foundation – PO Box 53324, Fayetteville, NC 28305-3324.

Thank you for your interest in serving the larger Fayetteville community through helping individuals with ASD thrive. Consider even becoming a board member! To volunteer your time or services for the Connect Foundation contact Nikki Giovanni Creecy at nikki@shinelightconnect.org

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How do I qualify?

1. Submit documentation regarding diagnosis

2. Submit current insurance coverage

3. Show economic hardship due to economic impact

4. Submit how benefits in funding for services would affect the individual or family receiving services

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