The SPARK Committee was pleased to announce that our first March grant was awarded to Wisconsin Independent Learning College. WILC is a private, non-profit college serving adults with Autism who desire continued learning; assisting them in reaching their goals for independence.
Wisconsin Independent Learning College will use the SPARK funds to build a much needed American’s With Disabilities Act compliant bathroom to help them continue their valuable work. Their new campus opens on June 1, 2016 in Waukesha, and that multi-purpose facility will also serve as a resource for a select number of other community functions.
We are thrilled to share that our second May $5,000 SPARK Grant has been awarded to Blessings in a Backpack of Waukesha County. During the school year, Blessings provides nearly 1,000 elementary school children with food so they don’t go hungry over the weekend.
Many people don’t realize there are 4,600 children who go hungry over the weekend in Waukesha County alone. At school, the children receive breakfast and lunch but food and meals are uncertain during the weekend. This program mobilize communities, individuals and resources to cover that ‘weekend gap” and provide food for those days.
Our July SPARK Grant to LifeStriders will support its Heroes program, which provides therapeutic riding and counseling services to military veterans and their family members at no cost. Equine therapy helps vets regain their physical and mental balance and learn coping and social skills necessary for a successful transition back to civilian life.
LifeStriders was founded in 2004 and offers no- or low-cost programs for individuals with physical disabilities, at-risk youth, young people who need help improving their social skills, as well as vets and their families.
Our September SPARK Grant to Interfaith Older Adult Programs will support Interfaith Older Adult Program's Retired and Senior Volunteer Programs (RSVP).These programs engage people 55+ with volunteer service to meet critical community needs, keep residents active in their communities and to bring about positive social change
Since 1975, Interfaith has been helping older adults retain their independence and contribute to their communities through a variety of services, resources and opportunities.