Safelite AutoGlass Foundation donates $525,000 in Impact Grants to central Ohio charitable organizations
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Safelite AutoGlass® Foundation is proud to announce the 2017 Impact Grant recipients. These grants are designated to central Ohio charitable organizations that are enriching the community through programs, opportunities, and a passion for the health and well-being of families. Funding for the Impact Grants comes from the Foundation’s Annual Charity Golf Classic, which also funds a number of other donations made by the Foundation.
“We’re proud of the partnerships we’ve established through our Impact Grants, and the difference these organizations are making in the central Ohio community,” said Betsy Blake, chair of the Safelite AutoGlass Foundation. “It is amazing to see how much this program has grown. We are thrilled to be able to make 21 separate donations of $25,000 each this year.”
The recipients of the 2017 Impact Grants are:
- 4 Paws for Ability (4pawsforability.org) will refit an RV with cages to efficiently transfer a large number of dogs.
- A Kid Again (akidagain.org) will purchase a van to transport gift items for adventures created.
- The American Red Cross (redcross.org/local/ohio/buckeye) will replace one of two blood collection vans currently in operation.
- The Arthritis Foundation (arthritis.org/ohio) will host a Juvenile Arthritis Family Day offering parents and children the chance to meet new friends and learn about arthritis and the issues surrounding it.
- Big Brothers Big Sisters (bbbscentralohio.org/) will expand their Little Readers, Future Leaders program at Highland Elementary School to serve students in grades 1–3.
- Boys & Girls Clubs (bgccolumbus.org) will demolish and resurface the playground space at Milo-Grogan Clubhouse to make a more functional, multi-purpose area for youth to play.
- The Buckeye Ranch (buckeyeranch.org) will construct a shelter house that will be used by children, their families and staff for individual/group counseling, promoting socialization strategies and coping skills.
- CASA of Franklin County (casacolumbus.org) will provide guardians with additional items to investigate solutions that would aid children affected by the sex trafficking industry.
- Childhood League Center (childhoodleague.org) will implement a toddler transition classroom to increase toddlers’ success in preschool and beyond.
- Columbus Speech and Hearing (columbusspeech.org) will expand their outreach and screening program to identify preschool age children with speech, language and hearing delays to include targeted high poverty areas.
- Community Shelter Board (csb.org) will underwrite the launch of a homelessness prevention program for expectant mothers.
- Flying Horse Farms (flyinghorsefarms.org) will fund the medical operations of their cost-free camp sessions serving youth campers.
- Furniture Bank of Central Ohio (furniturebankcoh.org) will purchase a 16’ box truck to strengthen their fleet of vehicles and enable more efficient operation of their Furniture for Families program.
- Heinzerling Community (heinzerling.org) will use the funds to install ceiling lifts in resident bedrooms and bathing areas.
- LifeCare Alliance (lifecarealliance.org) will provide unfunded meals to over 3,500 homebound older adults and individuals living with medical challenges and/or disabilities.
- Local Matters (local-matters.org) will fund their interactive healthy food education program.
- LSS CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence (lssnetworkofhope.org/choices)
- Mid-Ohio Food Bank (midohiofoodbank.org)
- See Kids Dream (seekidsdream.org)
- Star House (starhouse.ehe.osu.edu)
- Turning Point (turningpointdv.org)
The Safelite AutoGlass Foundation is the 501(c)(3) giving arm of Safelite AutoGlass®, the nation’s largest vehicle glass repair and replacement company. This marks the seventh year the Columbus-based company has distributed Impact Grants in amounts of $25,000 or more to local charitable organizations. Over the past seven years, more than $3 million has been donated to help make a difference in the central Ohio community.
About the Safelite AutoGlass Foundation
Safelite AutoGlass – the nation’s leading provider of vehicle glass repair and replacement services – is committed to be a responsible member of the communities where we live and work. This includes those outside our doorstep and those across the world. As such the company supports associates’ charitable endeavors while also fundraising.
The Safelite AutoGlass Foundation was created in 2005 as the 501(c)(3) giving arm of the company aimed at supporting organizations that promote the health and well-being of families through monetary and in-kind contributions and volunteer hours.
The Safelite AutoGlass Foundation is set up as a separate entity, governed by company associates from the corporate offices and the field organization. The Foundation administers giving on behalf of Safelite and its associates, disbursing aid to approved causes or charities, and organizing many giving initiatives in communities where our associates live and work. For more information, visit safelitefoundation.org.
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