HURON — The Center for Independence Foundation has approved $13,255 in grants this year to enhance community access and independence for persons with developmental disabilities served by the Center for Independence. This year’s grants include:
• Bridging activities and events — These events are a way to bring community members together with those persons served by CFI, to focus on fun and educational activities. Various events offered to any interested persons have included photography, quilting, creative dance, Pumpkin Carving, and art just to name a few.
• Community Theater — We will be planning another theater production beginning next spring, “Voices Part Deux.”
The theater has created a means for persons with disabilities to showcase their acting talents. This year we intend to have a collaborative production with the Huron Community Theater and actors from Life Quest from Mitchell.
• Use of technology to expand and enhance services and supports of the Center for Independence — Advances in technology have created innovative resources that could enhance the supports offered to persons with disabilities. These funds will help to purchase technological equipment to evaluate the potential benefits to persons with communication limitations; to assess the benefits to persons with autism; and to consider if technology can be used in ways to help assure the safety of persons served by the Center.
• An Integrated Sound System will be purchased and installed in a home for the persons with autism. Music has therapeutic benefits and provides a relaxing atmosphere for the home environment.
The Huron Area Center for Independence established the Center for Independence Foundation in January 2002. The Center for Independence Foundation serves as a mechanism to seek and manage charitable gifts of money or property to be used exclusively for charitable and educational purposes that promote community access and independence for persons with developmental disabilities.
The Foundation Board distributes these funds at least annually. Money available annually for distribution includes those raised through annual fundraising projects and interest earned from endowment funds. If anyone would like to make a contribution to help assure that these opportunities continue, you can contact the Huron Area Center for Independence.For the complete article see the 12-05-2012 issue.
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