Must be the season of giving. Many organizations are awarding grants or receiving grants. Following is a roundup, beginning with the Foellinger Foundation, which gave more than $3 million for early childhood and family development in Allen County:

“These organizations reflect the Foundation’s focus on supporting children and families in Allen County,” said Ed Kominowski, foundation president. “The Foundation’s strategy is to support effective nonprofits emphasizing clients with the most economic need and the least opportunity. We are grateful to these nonprofit organizations that provide crucial services in our community. Their dedication helps improve the lives of area children and families.”

• Cancer Services of Allen County $285,000, three-year operating support for Allen County programs

• Center for Nonviolence $277,500, three-year operating support

• Habitat for Humanity of Greater Fort Wayne $80,000, two-year operating support for Allen County programs

• Headwaters Counseling $330,000, three-year operating support

• Healthier Moms & Babies $100,000, two-year operating support for Allen County programs

• Homebound Meals $60,000, three-year operating support

• Interfaith Hospitality Network $40,000, one-year operating support

• Literacy Alliance $577,500, three-year operating support

• Lutheran Life Villages $25,000, one-year operating support

• Lutheran Social Services of Indiana $675,000, three-year operating support for Allen County programs

• Martin Luther King Montessori School $115,000, one-year operating support

• Matthew 25 $80,000, two-year operating support

• Mental Health America of Northeast Indiana $15,000, one-year program support for Cedars Hope

• Mustard Seed Furniture Bank of Fort Wayne $37,500, three-year operating support

• Super Shot $17,500, one-year operating support

• Vincent Village $150,000, three-year operating support

• YWCA $290,000, two-year operating support

• Total $3,155,000

Foellinger gives to United Front

The Foellinger Foundation, through its board of directors, has provided the initial catalyst funding to support the work of the United Front Initiative through a $250,000 grant. United Front is an initiative that seeks to cultivate healing and unity through organizational and community transformation, giving people a shared language to promote their common interests.

United Front’s 12-month journey will provide the opportunity for deep engagement to leaders of all levels and from diverse fields. United Front’s sessions will illuminate the ways and the whys that implicit bias, microaggressions, stereotypes, privilege, power, and position affect our lives and community, both personally and organizationally. Organizations wishing to learn more and get involved can do so at: FWUnitedFront.com.

City gets grant for charging stations

The city of Fort Wayne has received a $90,000 grant that will go toward the installation of electric vehicle charging stations. The grant comes from the Indiana Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Fund Committee.

Fort Wayne’s Public Works Division plans to install 27 stations at 10 locations throughout the community. Installation is expected to begin in the spring of 2021, with the work being completed by the end of 2022.

Locations for the electric vehicle stations and number of stations:

• Allen County Public Library, 2

• Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4

• Berry Street parking, 3

• Foster Park, 2

• Jefferson Pointe, 2

• Meijer at Dupont and Diebold roads (future location of store), 2

• Meijer on Lima Road, 2

• Meijer on Maysville Road, 5

• Skyline Garage at Ash Skyline Plaza, 2

• Wayne Street parking, 3

To be considered for the grant, the city responded to a request for proposals from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM). Greater Indiana Clean Cities, a nonprofit designated by the U.S. Department of Energy to help deploy alternative fuels and transportation, coordinated with the city of Fort Wayne to identify potential charging sites, assess identified site needs, and write the city’s grant application.

AWS Foundation matches GivingTuesday campaigns

AWS Foundation matched $130,000 among 12 regional disability service providers in their GivingTuesday campaigns. Leveraging the match potential to inspire philanthropy in their communities, these nonprofit organizations exceeded the $130,000 goal to raise a total of $329,340 with matching dollars included. The match included: Arc of LaGrange, Arc of Noble County, Arc of Wabash County, Bi-County Services (Bluffton), Cardinal Services (Wabash), Carey Services (Marion), Easterseals Arc of Northeast Indiana (Fort Wayne), LIFE Adult Day Academy (Fort Wayne), Passages, Inc. (Columbia City), Pathfinder Services (Huntington), The League (Fort Wayne), and Turnstone (Fort Wayne).

“We started the annual GivingTuesday match for our 10th Anniversary in 2017,” says Patti Hays, AWS Foundation CEO. “Our goal each year is for them to use our match to support their fundraising endeavors; find new donors, encourage larger donations, and engage their donor base. This was a hard year for everyone.”

Ten of the 12 organizations exceeded their $10,000 goal and received extra matching dollars.

GivingTuesday is a global campaign on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, designed to encourage giving back. Last year, donors gave $2 billion just in the United States. It not only encourages monetary donations but the idea that giving your time or goods is also valuable to your community.

Council on Senior Services awards $24,400

The challenges of the year 2020 did not stop the Council on Senior Services from awarding $24,400 in grants to multiple entities benefiting the maturing population of northeastern Indiana. Funds for the grants were generated by COSS membership dues and by advertisement sales in the highly sought-after COSS Senior Resource Guide.

The COSS Board focused on awarding grants broadly to positively impact as many seniors in northeastern Indiana as possible. Successful applicants included:

• Aging & In-Home Services, Chronic Disease Self-Management program

• Allen County TRIAD, SafeNet bracelets and materials and supplies for seniors

• Alzheimer’s Association, materials for clients about dementia-specific resources in our community

• Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, to support the nutrition program

• Clarkson Mobility, purchase portable mobile stair lift

• Community Harvest Food Bank, Senior Hunger Relief Initiative providing food to seniors

• CTN (Community Transportation Network), to support medical transportation for seniors

• Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Community Center, sensory program and music therapy classes for those with dementia and related diseases

• GiveHear, Support Hearing Clinic and provide hearing aids, screenings, tests and batteries

• HealthVisions of Fort Wayne, for health education programs

• Homebound Meals, to subsidize the cost of meals

• Hope Alive, counseling and housing for senior women

• League for the Blind & Disabled, Senior Blind Services Program

• Long Term Care Ombudsman, for annual Pajama Drive

• Paul’s Place, home security system for temporary lodging for adult patients and caregivers

• St. Vincent de Paul Society of Ft. Wayne, Carevan and other senior programs

• The Lighthouse, residential addiction recovery program

• Turnstone Center, equipment for Adult Day Center

• Volunteer Center, promotional, enrollment and training materials for “Are You Okay” program

• Wellspring Interfaith Social Services Inc., older adult program activities

Applications are made online through the COSS website, councilonseniorservices.org. Contact COSS on its website or by telephone at 260-420-1011.

AWS grant supports Young Adult Program

AWS Foundation has awarded a grant of $48,000 to Easterseals Arc of Northeast Indiana for a program for young adults with disabilities in Steuben County.

The grant funding will support the Transitions program of Easterseals RISE, the Angola operations of Easterseals Arc. The program helps teens and young adults develop skills for independence and workplace success.

Transitions was developed in Fort Wayne to provide fun activities and socialization for younger adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities. While it still retains opportunities for fun and friends, Transitions has taken on an employment and educational focus.

The program uses skill-building curricula such as “Skills to Pay the Bills” in addition to curricula focusing on mental and emotional health. Participants also will be active in the community through tours of workplaces”—”virtually and in-person”—”and internships, and through volunteering and socializing. Enrichment activities such as art exploration and music instruction aim to provide a well-rounded experience.

Easterseals RISE began offering Transitions in October at Cahoots Coffee Café in downtown Angola. The location provides access into the wider community for the participants and helps help further Cahoots’ mission of “providing a safe space for youth to thrive.”

Locally, Easterseals Arc helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities succeed at home, at work, and at play. Easterseals Arc offers a broad range of services including employment services, day programs, residential services, recreation, respite, and support in the community and at home.

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