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Foellinger Foundation awards first COVID-19 Innovative Rapid Grant to Blue Jacket for cleaning

Foellinger Foundation has awarded its first Innovative Rapid Grant to Blue Jacket. Earlier this week the Foundation indicated it had allocated up to $100,000 for nonprofit organizations with a bold and creative idea to address local issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligible Allen County nonprofits may apply for an Innovative Rapid Grant up to $25,000. Blue Jacket has received the first grant in the amount of $25,000. Blue Jacket is offering custom cleaning and disinfecting services to local 501c3 nonprofit organizations free of charge. This service provides Blue Jacket workers an opportunity to continue working in lieu of being laid off.

To be eligible for this free, first-come first-serve service, a 501c3 nonprofit must be located in the Greater Fort Wayne area. Blue Jacket is offering a one-time deep clean for organizations in a temporary shutdown situation or ongoing disinfection to those organizations remaining open, such as halfway houses, shelters or food banks.

“We find that the lives of the folks who come through our Career Academy program are enriched through stable employment, something that in too many cases is interrupted right now with the shelter in place orders because of Covid-19,” Blue Jacket Director of Marketing Brad Saleik said in a statement. “What has occurred over the last week of planning, due in large part to the generosity and problem-solving hearts and mindset of The Foellinger Foundation, is a wonderful case of ‘necessity being the mother of invention.’ ”

For more information about Blue Jacket’s custom cleaning and disinfecting service, call (260) 744-1900 or email Heather Maley, Operations Manager (hmaley@bluejacketinc.org).

“Blue Jacket’s innovative approach to problem-solving benefits not just their own clientele, but strengthens and increases the safety of the nonprofits they’ll serve. Inventive ideas like this are precisely what we’re seeking to support through the Innovative Rapid Grant opportunity,” Cheryl Taylor, Foellinger Foundation president, said in a statement. See Foellinger Foundation’s website for other Critical Response Grant opportunities at foellinger.org/covid19.

The Foellinger Foundation is a private, charitable foundation created in 1958 by Helene Foellinger, The News-Sentinel publisher from 1936 to 1980, and Esther Foellinger, her mother. Visit www.foellinger.org for more information.

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