Sunshine Inc. receives $10,000 grant from The UPS Foundation

Posted Jan 22nd, 2008 by Kelly Fritz Garrow, APR  Category: General News


(Maumee, OH) – Sunshine Inc. of Northwest Ohio has received a $10,000 grant from The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS (NYSE:UPS), to fund a book club program for clients receiving day programming services on the Sunshine campus.

“Persons with intellectual and physical disabilities are oftentimes assumed to be non-readers and not interested in learning new skills,” noted Amy Bennett, program director of Sunshine’s Day Habilitation Center. “This is absolutely not true. People with disabilities benefit from engaging in the same types of literacy activities as their peers of average ability.”

The new book clubs will take into account the clients’ physical needs and reading ability. Some groups will be read to and others will read independently or use a computer-aided reading program purchased with grant monies.

Members of each club will have input on the types of books read and participate in enrichment activities such as art, music, discussions and role plays to make the books come alive.

Sunshine’s Day Habilitation Center provides meaningful day programming activities and employment skills training to 120 clients each weekday. The agency is in the midst of a $3 million capital campaign to pay for construction of the 25,000 square foot building that houses the program. Richard P. “Dick” Anderson, chairman of The Andersons, Inc. is serving as honorary chairman of the Sunshine Hope Capital Campaign.

“We are extremely pleased to have corporate partners such as UPS that recognize the need to provide quality programming and opportunities for personal growth to persons with disabilities,” said Elizabeth J. Holland, executive director, Sunshine Inc. of Northwest Ohio. “This new literacy program will positively impact many of our clients.”

Established in 1951, and based in Atlanta, Ga., The UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its backing clearly impacts social issues. In support of this strategic approach, the UPS Foundation has identified literacy, hunger relief and volunteerism as its focus areas.

In 2006, The UPS Foundation distributed over $45 million worldwide through grants that benefit organizations such as Sunshine and provide support for building stronger communities.

“Giving back to the communities is an important part of UPS’s nearly 100-year-old culture that’s embraced by our employees through volunteerism, maing donations and sharing their unique skill sets,” said Lisa Hamilton, president of the UPS Foundation. “Together with nonprofit partners such as Sunshine, we work to make a positive impact on the lives of people in need.”

Sunshine Inc. of Northwest Ohio is the largest provider of residential, vocational and support services in Northwest Ohio. For more information on the Sunshine Hope Capital Campaign or any of Sunshine’s programs visit our website at www.sunshinefnd.com or call 419-794-1393.

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Kelly Fritz Garrow, APR - Sunshine Inc. of Northwest Ohio | 7223 Maumee Western Road | Maumee, OH 43537

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