MANASSAS, Va. — My Plumber Heating and Cooling is helping to raise awareness and funding for autism research and support during April, Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month, by decorating its service vehicles with a special logo and donating a portion of all profits to local organizations supporting the cause.
“We firmly believe that giving back to the community is just the right thing to do,” said Mark Presgrave, owner of My Plumber Heating and Cooling. “There is so much that can still be learned about Autism Spectrum Disorder. I was shocked to find out that every 21 minutes a child is diagnosed with autism. We hope that our campaign will help raise awareness and much needed funding for autism services, research, and treatment.”
Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD refers to a group of complex neurodevelopment disorders that are characterized by a variety of behavioral and social difficulties. Symptoms of ASD are present in early childhood and can severely affect daily functioning. ASD can be found in every racial and ethnic group and across all socioeconomic levels. However, boys are four and a half times more likely to be affected than girls. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that one in every 68 children has been identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the U.S.
My Plumber Heating and Cooling has been a strong proponent of community service. The company regularly works with Boy Scouts of America, local schools and sports teams, and organizations such as the Wounded Warrior Project and Shootout for Soldiers. The contractor’s Warm Hands and Full Hearts Food Drive and Food Drive Challenge have collected nearly 28 tons of food over the past four years.
My Plumber Heating and Cooling serves homeowners and businesses in northern Virginia and southern Maryland. For more information, visit www.myplumber.com.
Publication date: 4/18/2016