NAILBA Perspectives Perspectives Summer 2018 | Page 22

nailba charitable foundation Meet the 2018 Grant Recipients Wounded Warriors Family Support (Art Jetter & Company) A ugust was the month for the annual gathering of the NAILBA Charitable Founda- tion Grant Review Committee. The Committee is a different group each year, chaired by NAILBA’s Secretary/ Treasurer. This year’s chair, Chad Milner, organized a great commit- tee who agreed to meet at NAILBA Headquarters, where the committee could meet NAILBA staff. Commit- tee members Chad, Barbara Crowley, Pete Chrisos, Melanie Carter, Patrick Bowen (and me) worked diligently the week before the face-to-face meeting, reviewing and ranking the 33 grant applications we received. All the organizations were deemed worthy, but not all the programs could be supported fully. Tough de- cisions were made, and I am pleased and honored to present to you this year’s class of grant recipients. Wounded Warriors Family Support, sponsored by Art Jetter, Art Jetter & Company, is this year’s Felton Grant winner. They received a grant in the amount of $45,000 for their Professional Child Care Services for military families. One hundred per- cent of funds will be used to pay for professional caregivers for families requesting respite services. Caruso Family Charities, spon- sored by John McWilliams, Colorado Brokerage Group, received a grant in the amount of $25,000 for their 22 perspectives SUMMER 2018 Funding Families Program. This vi- tal program provides financial assis- tance for families who have a child suffering from cancer or other life threatening diseases. Partnering with other local organizations, CFC helps families pay living expenses, travel costs associated with caring for the sick child, insurance co- pays, etc. Requested funds will help approximately 7 families over the space of a year. The Mauzy Foundation, sponsored by Jeff Mooers, H. D. Mooers & Co., received a grant in the amount of $21,389 for their Super-Active Sen- sory Room. The funds will be used entirely for the purchase of sensory equipment and specialized materials for the the this room for children with sensory disabilities. received a grant in the amount of $16,000 for their Reset Home. This organization works to reduce recid- ivism rates through mentoring, ed- ucation, life skill training, meeting physical needs, and other activities to help at-risk youth live productive lives through immediate help, con- tinued care, and long-term support. These funds will support and furnish a home so that at-risk youth coming out of jail would not have to go back to the housing situation that might have contributed to their detention. Caring for Kids, received a grant in the amount of $15,000 for their Beds and Bedding for Kids in Need. This organization licenses foster homes. Funds will be used to pur- chase beds and bedding for at-risk and foster children in need aged birth to 21. Downtown Ministries, sponsored by Chip Milner, The Milner Agency, received a grant in the amount of $11,908 for their New Football Equip- ment for the Downtown Falcons. The team’s focus is on children from at risk communities where nearly one in three fail to complete high school. Funds will be used entirely to replace equipment and uniforms. Delta Gamma Center for Children with Visual Impairments, received a grant in the amount of $10,000 for their Early Intervention Services. The Center provides services for chil- dren from birth or initial diagnosis through high school graduation. Re- quested funds will allow the Center to expand their outreach to infants and toddlers and their families. Lotus House, sponsored by Robin Landers, Landers-Stein & Associates, received a grant in the amount of $10,000 for their Lotus Kids: Put- ting Children First. Requested funds will be used to provide school uni- forms, other clothing, and school supplies to children being housed in the shelter. Promises 2 Kids, sponsored by Steve Sublett, CBIZ Life Insurance Solutions, received a grant in the amount of $10,000 for their Camp Connect. This program partners with the Health and Human Services Agency of San Diego County to pro- vide foster children with the oppor- tunity to reconnect with separated siblings via a four-day camp and 10 other activities throughout the year. Funds will support the Camp activ- ities. Rainbows for Kids, received a grant in the amount of $20,000 for their Resource Books. This organization provides support to families with children with cancer and other ill- nesses. The funds will support the reprint of a book a NAILBA Founda- tion grant provided in the past, a new series of books for young read- ers, and a book aimed more toward parents. Reset Mentoring, sponsored by Parks LaMarche, CPS Integrated Marketing & Insurance Services, Felton Grant Winner: Wounded Warriors Family Support (Art Jetter & Company)