Grants

Category Assisting Sick and Abused Children

2016 $58,000

Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital

Project Title
Pivotal Response Therapy
Amount
$10,000
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2016
Location
Hoffman Estates, IL

Research has shown that if children and youth with Autism Spectrum, Disorder (ASD) receive behavioral intervention early in life, there can be significant improvement in their levels of functioning and independence. Sadly, though, many children pass important developmental milestones missing the opportunity for timely intervention that can affect their life trajectory. In 2015 and with Oberweiler support, Alexian Brothers piloted a Pivotal Response Therapy (PRT) program that reaches children under 4 years of age. Grounded in play and targeting very young children, this ground breaking therapy teaches parents how to observe their children’s behaviors and apply intervention techniques. Funding supports PRT for those on Medicaid or having limited finances.

CASA Kane County

Project Title
Advocate Supervisor Position
Amount
$10,000
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2016
Location
Geneva, IL

CASA Kane County is a non-profit, volunteer organization that advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children within the Juvenile Court system. The Kane County organization has experienced a significant number of new and continuing cases driving their caseloads to twice that which is recommended by the National CASA. Funding will provide short term support of an Advocate Supervisor who manages the volunteer group and assists in sorting through the complexities of individual cases. This additional resource will ensure that each child’s unique needs are met and permanency is achieved in the least amount of time. Future funding of this position will come through proper budgeting, Mission Partner Giving, and CASA’s Annual Gala revenue.

Chicago Zoological Society

Project Title
Family Fun Saturdays
Amount
$5,000
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2016
Location
Brookfield, IL

One of a suite of access and inclusion initiatives for individuals with disabilities, Family Fun Saturdays provides social integration and animal interaction for young children with autism and their families. Research indicates that children on the autism spectrum can increase positive social behaviors in the presence of animals. The program welcomes children ages 3-6 and their families to Brookfield Zoo’s Hamill Family Play Zoo for hour long sessions of nature play activities developed by occupational therapists and designed to address developmental goals for this age group.

Community House – Charlie’s Gift

Project Title
Center for Autism and Related Disorders
Amount
$10,000
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2016
Location
Hinsdale, IL

Charlie’s Gift Center for Autism and Related Disorders provides a family-centered, team approach dedicated to personalized care and treatment. The center services 100 children and their families annually through personalized support plans, individual and group therapy and social communication sessions. The Oberweiler Grant pays for the approximately 40% of programming expenses not covered by insurance.

Foundation for Flint

Project Title
Child Health and Development
Amount
$3,000
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2016
Location
Flint, MI

The Flint Child Health & Development Fund supports the delivery of critical public health, medical, and community based services and interventions that address and mitigate the short and long term impacts experienced by Flint, Michigan families exposed to lead as a result of the 2014-2016 Flint Water crisis.

geographic exception

Green City Market

Project Title
Edible Education Program
Amount
$10,000
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2016
Location
Chicago, IL

Green City Market (GCM) was founded on a mission to improve the health of local communities. Manierre Elementary School is located in Old Town and 97% of its families are considered low income. While there is a grocery store in the neighborhood, spending money on healthy food is out of the reach of most of these families. The Edible Education Program is a new offering for GCM and seeks to move students at risk for illness/lack of nutrition to a place of food security and confidence through a school garden; education about nutrition and sustainability; and Family Nights Out. This program will not only provide healthy food in each cooking class but will teach over 100 sixth through eighth grade students and ultimately families, how to grow healthy food in their school and at their homes. This access to food and knowledge about how to become more self-reliant for their food needs will empower them for life.

Shelter, Inc.

Project Title
Special Assistance Fund
Amount
$10,000
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2016
Location
Palatine, IL

Shelter’s mission is to help and protect children who are abused, neglected, or dependent by providing 24-hour emergency and longer-term care. The Fund covers the cost of critical and immediate health needs for adolescents who are uninsured and unable to access private or state health insurance. These children are provided with additional medical visits, dental visits, prescription medications, glasses, and medical equipment that the children would not otherwise have available to them. The Shelter also provides for health screenings and physicals necessary to detect health problems.

2015 $142,600

Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital

Project Title
Scholarship Program for disadvantaged children with Autism
Amount
$10,000
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2015
Location
Hoffman Estates, IL

The Autism Spectrum & Developmental Disorders Resource Center helps families navigate the complex world of services and treatments for children from economically challenged families. Social deficits remain one of the most difficult challenges for children with Autism disorders, especially for those with average or above average cognitive skills. This grant provides scholarships so that these children can participate in the Social Wellness or Social Success Groups which would otherwise be closed to them. (Medicaid will not pay for these social group sessions.)

Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital

Project Title
Pivotal Response Therapy
Amount
$5,000
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2015
Location
Hoffman Estates, IL

Research has shown that if children and youth with Autism Spectrum, Disorder (ASD) receive behavioral intervention early in life, there can be significant improvement in their levels of functioning and independence. Sadly, though, many children pass important developmental milestones missing the opportunity for timely intervention that can affect their life trajectory. Alexian Brothers is piloting a Pivotal Response Therapy (PRT) program that reaches children under 4 years of age. Grounded in play and targeting very young children, this ground breaking therapy teaches parents how to observe their children’s behaviors and apply intervention techniques.

Casa Kane County

Project Title
Incidentals and Special Needs Program
Amount
$10,000
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2015
Location
Geneva, IL

Sick and abused children Child Advocacy Program serves sick and abused children who have been removed from their homes due to unsafe living conditions preparatory to entering into the foster care system. While the children have their basic healthcare, food, and clothing needs taken care of, they do not have the necessary extras most kids take for granted. This special needs program provides the additional funding for specialty healthcare such as eye, ear or dental exams; a winter coat, hat, and gloves; resources for school supplies; or, a suitcase to carry their meager belongings and few personal treasures in when they are placed in a foster home.

Chicago Lights

Project Title
CHAMP Urban Farm Program
Amount
$8,000
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2015
Location
Chicago, IL

The Children Achieving Maximum Potential Program (CHAMP teaches “at risk”, poverty stricken children in one of Chicago’s most economically challenged areas (Cabrini Green) how to help themselves by growing food to assist in feeding themselves and others by learning how to work together. The grant provides camp supplies (including healthy meals and snacks) and equipment to help provide for the safe haven of an urban farm in conjunction with after school and summer activities. This camp program allows “at risk” children to explore food production and healthy nutrition while still focusing upon academic achievement through a blend of creative arts, applied science and environmental stewardship. The “farm” has also become a “safe haven” from street gangs that inhabit the area.

Chicago Lights

Project Title
Solar Project Plan
Amount
$10,000
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2015
Location
Chicago, IL

Chicago Lights is strategically undertaking initiatives, such as the addition of a solar power system, to decrease operational costs and further increase the self-sufficiency of the Urban Farm through its next five years and beyond. This addition is one aspect of becoming a more environmentally conscious and economically sustainable enterprise. With higher energy costs for the regulation of greenhouse temperatures in the highly variant climate of Chicago, solar power is a crucial next step in meeting the organization’s needs.

Children’s Oncology Services, Inc.

Project Title
One Step at a Time Summer Camp for children with cancer
Amount
$15,000
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2014
Location
Chicago, IL

Unique recreational, educational, and therapeutic program to help meet the physical, emotional, and social needs of children (7-10 years old) diagnosed with cancer. The grant helps to underwrite room & board, transportation, and program/medical supplies expenses associated with the operation of the camp. Inasmuch as some participants have cognitive issues or disabilities, adaptive equipment is also provided for those campers. These programs help the children to bond with each other, and their supervisors, in a non-hospital setting, challenging them to learn new skills, while providing access to sports, camping, and other activities. The skills, lessons, support, and hope these children gain at camp empowers them as they return home to face the challenges of cancer after learning they are more than cancer patients, they are survivors!

Emergency Fund

Project Title
Flexible Financial Fund Project
Amount
$40,000
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2015
Location
Chicago, IL

Funding to expand services to sick, abused and neglected children living within the Partner agencies: Dr. Jorge Prieto Family Health Center, Christopher House, Bethel New Life, and Mujeres Latinas En Accion. Financial assistance is offered to families in desperate need of medications, rental assistance, clothing, and other critical items necessary to exist under impoverished conditions.

Have Dreams

Project Title
SCILS Program
Amount
$12,000
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2015
Location
Park Ridge, IL

Grant support for the Have Dreams’ need based Scholarship Fund that enables children with Autism, age 13 and younger, to receive much needed intervention services through the Social, Communication, and Independent Life Skills Program. This program has provided children with Autism the opportunity to build critical skills through classes that address the core deficits of Autism.

Lexi Kazian Foundation

Project Title
Inclusion Activities for Disabled Children
Amount
$5,000
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2015
Location
Vernon Hills, IL

This foundation’s mission is to improve the comfort and quality of life for developmentally challenged and/or sick & disabled children with special needs by providing education, therapy and playground equipment, therapy toys, resources, and scholarships for families in need of financial assistance or community support. Grant will fund physical, social, and networking events for special needs children.

Northern Illinois Food Bank

Project Title
Child Nutrition Program
Amount
$15,000
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2015
Location
St. Charles, IL

This is the seventh year extension of a one-year grant program to support Northern Illinois Food Bank’s Child Nutrition Program, which provides nutritious after school, summer, and weekend meals to food insecure children in northern Illinois. Food insecurity in childhood limits children’s ability to grow and learn to their full potential. During the school year, the food bank sponsors after school meals through CACFP, supplementing the federal school lunch program that many low income children depend on to receive at least one nutritious meal each day. The weekend BackPack Program provides child friendly food for children to prepare at home with their families on the weekend. School Based Food Pantries provide families with children in school with consistent access to food in a familiar place. The Food Bank sponsors summer meals through SFSP at summer youth programs and open sites at parks to ensure that children in low food security communities. Northern Illinois Food Bank serves more than 6,000 children each week through the Child Nutrition Program.

Project H.E.L.P.

Project Title
Parent Educational Classes Program
Amount
$5,000
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2015
Location
Naperville, IL

Project HELP is a Child Abuse Prevention Center that empowers parents to create a nurturing environment to enhance children to reach their full potential. The PEC teaches parents to use natural and logical consequences to reduce irresponsible and unacceptable behaviors of children in order to lessen the chance of abusive discipline.

WINGS

Project Title
Family Enrichment Project
Amount
$7,600
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2015
Location
Palatine, IL

The purpose of this Project is to introduce underprivileged children in the agency’s transitional and emergency housing to cultural opportunities, develop children’s social skills in public settings, and promote healthy interactions between mothers and children as well as to promote values such as curiosity, empathy, self-control, and tolerance. The end result of the project will be to break the cycle of abuse, violence and poverty in future generations.

2014 $160,075

Casa Kane County

Project Title
Incidentals and Special Needs Program
Amount
$7,500
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2014
Location
Geneva, IL

Sick and abused children Child Advocacy Program serves sick and abused children who have been removed from their homes due to unsafe living conditions preparatory to entering into the foster care system. While the children have their basic healthcare, food, and clothing needs taken care of, they do not have the necessary extra’s most kids take for granted. This special needs program provides the additional funding for specialty healthcare such as eye, ear or dental exams; a winter coat, hat, and gloves; resources for school supplies; or, a suitcase to carry their meager belongings and few personal treasures in when they are placed in a foster home.

Chicago Lights

Project Title
CHAMP Farm Program
Amount
$5,000
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2014
Location
Chicago, IL

The Children Achieving Maximum Potential Program (CHAMP teaches at risk, poverty stricken children in one of Chicago’s most economically challenged areas (Cabrini Green) how to help themselves by growing food to assist in feeding themselves and others by learning how to work together. The grant provides camp supplies (including healthy meals and snacks) and equipment to help provide for the safe haven of an urban farm in conjunction with after school and summer activities. This camp program allows at risk children to explore food production and healthy nutrition while still focusing upon academic achievement through a blend of creative arts, applied science and environmental stewardship. The farm has also become a safe haven from street gangs that inhabit the area.

Children’s Home + Aid

Project Title
Transition Support Resources Project
Amount
$12,175
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2014
Location
Evanston, IL

The Rice Center offers high-level treatment and programming for extremely vulnerable children who are in need of 24 hour care. The TSR Project to enable the agency to provide vital tools (electronic tablets, digital video cameras, writing journals, clothing, and luggage) to foster youth who are preparing to successfully transition into long-term, less restrictive settings with caring families.

Children’s Oncology Services

Project Title
One Step at a Time Summer Camp for children with cancer
Amount
$10,000
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2015
Location
Chicago, IL

Unique recreational, educational, and therapeutic program to help meet the physical, emotional, and social needs of children (7-10 years old) diagnosed with cancer. The grant helps to underwrite room & board, transportation, and program/medical supplies expenses associated with the operation of the camp. Inasmuch as some participants have cognitive issues or disabilities, adaptive equipment is also provided for those campers. These programs help the children to bond with each other, and their supervisors, in a non-hospital setting, challenging them to learn new skills, while providing access to sports, camping, and other activities. The skills, lessons, support, and hope these children gain at camp empowers them as they return home to face the challenges of cancer after learning they are more than cancer patients, they are survivors!

Emergency Fund

Project Title
Flexible Financial Fund Project
Amount
$40,000
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2014
Location
Chicago, IL

Funding to expand services to sick, abused and neglected children living Within the Partner agencies: Dr. Jorge Prieto Family Health Center, Christopher House, Bethel New Life, and Mujeres Latinas En Accion. Financial assistance is offered to families in desperate need of medications, rental assistance, clothing, and other critical items necessary to exist under impoverished conditions.

George R. Bell Youth Opportunity Fund

Project Title
Golf First Program
Amount
$5,000
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2014
Location
Libertyville, IL

Golf First Program

discretionary

Have Dreams

Project Title
SCILS Program
Amount
$10,000
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2014
Location
Park Ridge, IL

Grant support for the Have Dreams’ need based Scholarship Fund that enables children with Autism, age 13 and younger, to receive much needed intervention services through the Social, Communication, and Independent Life Skills Program. This program has provided children with Autism the opportunity to build critical skills through classes that address the core deficits of Autism.

Horsefeathers Therapeutic Riding

Project Title
Economic Need Scholarships
Amount
$14,300
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2014
Location
Lake Forest, IL

Program providing equine therapy (therapeutic riding and hippotherapy) to special needs children through trained professionals and licensed therapists. The grant provides four each full-year scholarships for economically challenged families with sick children.

Lexi Kazian Foundation

Project Title
Helping From Heaven Program: Lexi's Equipment Closet
Amount
$5,000
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2014
Location
Vernon Hills, IL

This foundation’s mission is to improve the comfort and quality of life for developmentally challenged and/or sick & disabled children with special needs by providing education, therapy and playground equipment, therapy toys, resources, and scholarships for families in need of financial assistance or community support.

NEDSRA

Project Title
Camp Exploration and Little Explorers Program
Amount
$10,000
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2014
Location
Addison, IL

The fifth extension of a one-year grant program to provide much needed, recreational services specifically designed for children with autism spectrum disorder. Exclusive summer camp programs give these children a more structured environment to provide continuity from school year to school year and prevent loss of skill development over the summer. The children are given an opportunity to experience community outings (museum tours, zoo visits, water park exploration, library visits), in-house activities (arts/ crafts projects, interactive play, cooking), as well as art and music therapy.

Northern Illinois Food Bank

Project Title
Child Nutrition Program
Amount
$25,000
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2014
Location
St. Charles, IL

This is the sixth extension of a one-year grant program to provide after-school snacks and suppers, summer lunches and weekend food-filled backpacks for low-income children at risk of hunger. In these poverty stricken homes, lack of nutritious food affects a child’s ability to develop and perform academically, physically, emotionally and socially. The NIFB serves over 4,370 children weekly, these lunches are typically the only meal the children receive each day.

Sarah’s Inn

Project Title
Children's Support and Education Groups
Amount
$10,000
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2014
Location
Chicago, IL

This critical service works with children between the ages of 4 & 11 who are witnesses to and victims of domestic violence to provide intervention and prevention services that teaches them how to express their feelings and learn how to resolve conflict without using violence. This is achieved through individual advocacy and counseling, support and education groups, art therapy, safety planning, and parental support services.

WINGS

Project Title
Family Enrichment Project
Amount
$6,100
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2014
Location
Palatine, IL

The purpose of this Project is to introduce underprivileged children in the agency’s transitional and emergency housing to cultural opportunities, develop children’s social skills in public settings, and promote healthy interactions between mothers and children as well as to promote values such as curiosity, empathy, self-control, and tolerance. The end result of the project will be to break the cycle of abuse, violence and poverty in future generations.

2013 $190,721

Alexian Brothers Foundation

Project Title
Scholarship Program for disadvantaged children with Autism
Amount
$15,000
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2013
Location
Hoffman Estates, IL

The Autism Spectrum & Developmental Disorders Resource Center helps families navigate the complex world of services and treatments for children from economically challenged families. Social deficits remain one of the most difficult challenges for children with Autism disorders, especially for those with average or above average cognitive skills. This grant provides scholarships so that these children can participate in the Social Wellness or Social Success Groups which would otherwise be closed to them (Medicaid will not pay for these social group sessions.).

Children’s Home + Aid

Project Title
Trauma-informed Therapeutic Interventions Program
Amount
$24,696
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2013
Location
Evanston, IL

The Rice Center offers high-level treatment and programming for extremely vulnerable children who are in need of 24 hour care. The Trauma-informed Therapeutic Interventions Program, given to each new child during initial mental health assessment (within 30 days of intake), and to each current client at the time of their treatment plan reviews (every three months), will dramatically improve therapeutic services at the Rice Center. The goal of the program is to enable traumatized children to move back into the community as a part of a stable family, as a participating member of a mainstream school, and as a fully contributing member of society.

Children’s Oncology Services

Project Title
One Step at a Time Summer Camp for children with cancer
Amount
$10,000
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2013
Location
Chicago, IL

Unique recreational, educational, and therapeutic program to help meet the physical, emotional, and social needs of children (7-10 years old) diagnosed with cancer. The grant helps to underwrite room & board, transportation, and program/medical supplies expenses associated with the operation of the camp. Inasmuch as some participants have cognitive issues or disabilities, adaptive equipment is also provided for those campers. These programs help the children to bond with each other, and their supervisors, in a non-hospital setting, challenging them to learn new skills, while providing access to sports, camping, and other activities. The skills, lessons, support, and hope these children gain at camp empowers them as they return home to face the challenges of cancer after learning they are more than cancer patients, they are survivors!

Children’s Place Association

Project Title
Foster Care and Adoption Program
Amount
$6,000
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2013
Location
Chicago, IL

The grant is for transitional services and supplies (food, medications, clothing, & personal items) used within the Foster Care and Adoption Program for ten children being placed in stable, nurturing foster homes until they can return to their biological families or are adopted. The program serves children with conditions such as autism, cerebral palsy, seizure disorder, diabetes, substance exposure, shaken baby syndrome, heart ailments of complications of prematurity or HIV infection. All of the children come from predominantly low-income families living in communities with little access to social services.

Elyssa’s Mission

Project Title
Signs of Suicide Program
Amount
$10,000
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2013
Location
Northfield, IL

The Mission provides resources to support at-risk teens and prevent suicide. The SOS is an evidence-based suicide prevention program for middle and high schools where it is the only such program to show a 40% reduction in self-reported suicide attempts in a randomized, controlled study. It was selected by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for its National Registry of Effective Programs and Practices. The grant will help the Mission to expand its very effective SOS Program to new schools and health care professionals in the greater Chicago area.

George R. Bell Youth Opportunity Fund

Project Title
Golf First Program
Amount
$3,000
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2013
Location
Libertyville, IL

Golf First Program

Helping Hand Center

Project Title
Technology Support Program
Amount
$25,175
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2013
Location
Countryside, IL

Helping Hand is a school for children with Autism learn to live independently once they have reached majority. The grant will assist the school in the purchase of technology to be used in the classroom to enhance teaching and promote learning. Inasmuch as many of the children cannot hold a pencil or communicate, the program enhances their learning experience and communications through differential instruction techniques. Since the majority of the children with Autism are visual and kinesthetic learners the use of SMART Boards utilizing finger touch capability, IPads and data management systems to allow students to easily respond to instructions and other stimuli being used in the classroom. The technological equipment will also help maintain discipline and increase engagement of students.

Horsefeathers Therapeutic Riding

Project Title
Economic Need Scholarships
Amount
$10,000
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2013
Location
Lake Forest, IL

Grant provides three each full-year scholarships for economically challenged families with sick children and also provides for the purchase of a computer, digital camera, and software to be used for patient evaluation and records documentation.

NEDSRA

Project Title
Camp Exploration and Little Explorers Program
Amount
$10,000
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2013
Location
Addison, IL

The fifth extension of a one-year grant program to provide much needed, recreational services specifically designed for children with autism spectrum disorder. Exclusive summer camp programs give these children a more structured environment to provide continuity from school year to school year and prevent loss of skill development over the summer. The children are given an opportunity to experience community outings (museum tours, zoo visits, water park exploration, library visits), in-house activities (arts/ crafts projects, interactive play, cooking), as well as art and music therapy.

Northern Illinois Food Bank

Project Title
Child Nutrition Program
Amount
$25,000
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2013
Location
St. Charles, IL

This is the fifth extension of a one-year grant program to provide after-school snacks and suppers, summer lunches and weekend food-filled backpacks for low-income children at risk of hunger. In these poverty stricken homes, lack of nutritious food affects a child’s ability to develop and perform academically, physically, emotionally and socially. The NIFB serves over 3,000 children daily, these lunches are typically the only meal the children receive each day.

Project H.E.L.P.

Project Title
Parent Educational Classes Program
Amount
$5,000
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2013
Location
Naperville, IL

Project HELP is a Child Abuse Prevention Center that empowers parents to create a nurturing environment to enhance children to reach their full potential. The PEC teaches parents to use natural and logical consequences to reduce irresponsible and unacceptable behaviors of children in order to lessen the chance of abusive discipline.

Quentin Road Dyslexia Solutions

Project Title
Help Economically Disadvantaged Students Program
Amount
$15,000
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2013
Location
Lake Zurich, IL

Grant provides financial aid so that economically disadvantaged students can attend this life changing program to improve their reading and comprehension skills so they can interact at the appropriate grade level.

Shelter, Inc.

Project Title
Special Assistance Fund
Amount
$10,000
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2013
Location
Arlington Heights, IL

Shelter’s mission is to help and protect children who are abused, neglected, or dependent by providing 24-hour emergency and longer-term care. The Fund covers the cost of critical and immediate health needs for adolescents who are uninsured and unable to access private or state health insurance. These children are provided with additional medical visits, dental visits, prescription medications, glasses, and medical equipment that the children would not otherwise have available to them. The Shelter also provides for health screenings and physicals necessary to detect health problems.

United Way of Missoula County

Project Title
Mikaslyn Larson Fund
Amount
$15,500
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2013
Location
Missoula, MT

Mikaslyn Larson, an 8 year little girl born with a serious neuromuscular disorder was in critical need of surgery to correct the disorder. In 2010 the community, state, nation and world showed its compassion by responding to the family’s plea for help. While Mikaslyn has shown great progress, she is wheel chair bound and the family cannot transport her anymore in a standard automobile. The purpose of this grant is to provide funds with which to purchase a used handicapped conversion van for Mikaslyn.

geographic exception

WINGS

Project Title
Family Enrichment Project
Amount
$6,350
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2013
Location
Palatine, IL

The purpose of this Project is to introduce underprivileged children in the agency’s transitional and emergency housing to cultural opportunities, develop children’s social skills in public settings, and promote healthy interactions between mothers and children as well as to promote values such as curiosity, empathy, self control, and tolerance. The end result of the project will be to break the cycle of abuse, violence and poverty in future generations.

Total: $551,396