Eleven nonprofits that serve the disabled community in northeast Indiana just received a surprise gift from the Fort Wayne-based AWS Foundation.
Each organization received a $50,000 grant to help offset increased expenses caused by COVID-19.
During a group Zoom video chat last week, AWS Foundation Chief Executive Officer Patti Hays broke the news to the leaders of the organizations
Comments such as “that’s incredible, “that’s awesome,” and ‘oh, my God,” resonated from the call, while the look of shock and glee was apparent on the screen.
“Each of these nonprofits did not have the option to slow or stop their programs and services during the pandemic,” said Patti Hays, AWS Foundation CEO. “They’ve kept providing high-quality care while ensuring the safety of their clients and staff.”
Hays said nonprofits are facing declining donations, limited fundraising opportunities, and growing concerns of a potential recession which is why AWS Foundation earmarked a total of $550,000 for the surprise gift.
“With all the bad news from so many directions, it was a shockingly good news announcement – WOW,” said Tim Ramsey, president of Bi-County Services.
Here is the list of recipients:
- Arc of LaGrange
- Arc of Noble County
- Arc of Wabash
- Bi-County Services
- Cardinal Services
- Carey Services
- Easterseals Arc of Northeast Indiana
- L.I.F.E. Adult Day Academy
- Pathfinder Services
- RISE Inc.
To view the surprise, click the video below and wait for the announcement at about one minute into the video.