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AWS Foundation Announces $610,830 in Grants

Fort Wayne, IN ─ The AWS Foundation recently awarded $610,830 in grants to 14 non-profit organizations that benefit individuals with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities in northeast Indiana. These organizations include:


Autism Society of Indiana: $25,000 for the Career Ally program and $25,000 for the Ally serving rural counties in Northeast Indiana

Community Transportation Network: $16,000 to purchase a new vehicle and fuel; $25,000 for mortgage payoff

GiGi’s Playhouse: $25,000 for operating support

Huntington University: $35,000 to expand the ABLE program for high school students of special needs

Indiana Legal Services: $60,000 to staff a medical legal partnership pilot program in Northeast Indiana

Joe’s Kids: $50,000 for operating support and therapy equipment

McMillen Center for Health: $25,000 for the Brush! oral health program for children of special needs

Mental Health America: $30,000 for the Kids on the Block educational program and $50,000 for the VASIA program

Northeast Indiana Genetic Counseling Center: $50,000 for need-based scholarships for medical genetic services

Northern Wells Community Schools: $24,830 for adaptive teaching materials and classroom sensory items for special needs students

RISE, Inc: $30,000 to assist with the purchase of a respite home

RSVP of Allen County: $25,000 for the ICAN volunteer team

Scherer Resources: $60,000 for pre-vocational training for Fort Wayne Community Schools

University of Saint Francis: $25,000 to pilot an early childhood developmental and health screening program

Canine Companions

Canine Companions

Dear AWS Foundation, 

On behalf of Canine Companions for Independence I would like to thank you for the generous $25,000 grant from the AWS Foundation. The grant, to be used to support the follow-up of NE Indiana grads, will ensure that those individuals and their assistance dogs have the support needed to be successful. I have enclosed an invitation to our upcoming graduation in May – an excellent opportunity to see our mission live. Thank you again and we hope to see you in May! 

Best Regards, 

Morgan Veach, Development Association 

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Camp PossAbility, Inc.

Camp PossAbility, Inc., is a one week adapted summer camp for young adults ages 18 to 35 with physical disabilities who have a typical high school diploma or equivalent. Camp PossAbility also accepts those who are ages 16 and 17 with recent spinal cord injuries who are finishing a typical high school program. Camp PossAbility is based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, but camp is held at Bradford Woods in Martinsville, Indiana.

Maleah Steel

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Daryl Walker

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Joseph Hamilton

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Nathaniel Boutelle

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Nick & Charlotte

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Rebecca Purk

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Orlan W. Holmes

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