Fort Wayne, IN ─ The AWS Foundation recently awarded $624,760 in grants to 19 non-profit organizations that benefit individuals with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities in northeast Indiana. These organizations include:
Achieva Resources Corporation: $62,079 to fund a volunteer guardian coordinator position and state and national certification training.
Bi-County Services: $50,000 challenge grant toward the $600,000 capital campaign for an inclusive community playground in Bluffton.
Cahoots Coffee Café: $35,000 to hire a job coach and develop a vocational training program with the Northeast Indiana Special Education Cooperative.
Camp Red Cedar: $25,000 for camperships and adaptive recreation equipment.
Carey Services: $40,000 for Creative Abundance consultants and training for the new creative arts program.
Children’s Choir of Huntington County: $10,000 for the inclusive Joyful Songsters choir.
Deer Ridge Elementary School: $17,378 to expand the school’s sensory room.
East Allen County Schools: $26,700 for sensory rooms at Prince Chapman Academy and New Haven Middle School and develop an online sensory room training module.
Family Service Society: $25,000 for diagnostic and evaluative services for low-income children at risk for autism spectrum disorder, behavioral and related intellectual disabilities.
Fort Wayne Civic Theatre: $22,500 for three sensory-friendly performances for Project Lights Up!
Fort Wayne Museum of Art: $7,500 to research artists with disabilities for a proposed art exhibit.
Fort Wayne Youtheatre: $6,000 for the Backstage Insight sensory-friendly theatre program and workshops.
Greater Fort Wayne, Inc: $5,500 for two Leadership Fort Wayne scholarships for individuals with disabilities.
HearCare Connection: $30,000 for hearing aids and audiology services for low-income individuals with disabilities.
Ivy Tech Foundation: $50,000 for the greenhouse which will provide future hydroponic and culinary arts training and education for individuals with disabilities.
NeighborLink Fort Wayne: $25,000 to expand volunteer programs and home repairs for the disability community.
Parkview Huntington Family YMCA: $14,695 to purchase the multi-sensory BEAM system for the new Movement Studio.
The League: $20,000 for the Youth Services program for low-income special needs young adults.
Turnstone: $152,408 to expand recreational and social programming to the intellectual/developmental disability community and hire a program coordinator.