Community support

<center>Grants awarded </center><br>

The AWS Foundation recently awarded $1,514,122 in grants to 19 nonprofit organizations that benefit individuals with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities in Northeast Indiana. These organizations include: Bowen Center, $15,000; Children’s Choir of Huntington County, $10,000; Citilink Access $50,000; East Allen County Schools, $10,032; Fairfield Elementary School, $10,000; Fort Wayne Civic Theatre, $14,000; Fort Wayne Youtheatre, $6,000; Greater Fort Wayne, Inc.: $7,600; HearCare Connections, $25,000; Indiana Deaf Camp Foundation, $5,000; Junior Achievement, $30,000; Life Adult Day Academy, $30,000; McMillen Health, $25,000; NeighborLink, $30,000; Passages, $70,000; Turnstone, $114,490; Visually Impaired Preschool Services, $17,000; Woodside Middle School, $10,000; and YWCA, $15,000. <br>

<center> Turnstone receives $1 million grant </center><br>

Turnstone has announced that AWS Foundation has awarded a $1 million grant to support the creation and expansion of programs and services for people with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities throughout the region. Fifty percent of the grant is designated as matching dollars designed to leverage additional community support. <br>

<center> Turnstone grant </center><br>

The Million Dollar Round Table Foundation has awarded a $25,000 grant to Turnstone Center for Children and Adults with Disabilities. <br>

<center> Play It Forward </center><br>

Early Childhood Alliance recently raised a record-breaking $119,000 at its fundraiser through bids for playhouses, vacation getaways, jewelry and more. The playhouses were revealed at a TinCaps game. Proceeds will support projects at the two ECA Learning Centers in Fort Wayne, Family engagement in northern Indiana, agency operations, and projects to support EACS’ strategic plan. <br>

<center> Summer Food Program changes </center><br>

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne have updated their locations for the Summer Food Program. The program provides free lunches every weekday to all children up to the age of 18 and will continue services until Aug. 12. Activities begin at 11:30 a.m., and food is available from 12-1 p.m. Meals are being served at the following locations: Astoria Apartments, 2754 Paulding Road; Baldwin Creek Apartments, 2000 Hobson Road; Villa Capri Apartments, 2015 Fox Trail Point; Black Bear Creek Apartments, 1604 Reed Road; Brookmill Apartments, 2857 Millbrook Drive; McCormick Apartments, 3005 McCormick; Fairfield Boys and Girls Club, 2609 Fairfield Ave., and Bridge of Graces Church, 5100 Gaywood Drive.

The following locations have discontinued service: Coliseum Apartments, 1035 Ridgewood, River Cove, 2430 River Cove, and Richfield Apartments, 4737 Heatherwind Drive. For more information, call Ida Smiley, 744-0998, Ext. 121. <br>

<center> Grant support </center><br>

Easterseals Arc of Northeast Indiana has received a $32,000 grant from the Lincoln Financial Foundation to support employment services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. <br>

<center> Check presentation </center><br>

Hill’s Pet Nutrition recently presented a check for $10,000 to Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control’s education department. The funds will go toward community outreach to promote responsible pet ownership including reducing pet overpopulation by promoting spay and neuter efforts. <br>

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