In its 60th year, The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation (CWF) has awarded $566,691 in grants to 18 nonprofit organizations. The grant recipients were selected by CWF’s Board of Directors on Oct. 12 during their annual fall meeting at the Sheraton Hotel City Centre in Indianapolis. The recipients have been awarded the grants to support youth-serving projects and to assist in the dissemination of information to the general public and to specific target groups.
The following are the 2015 CWF grant recipients:
Angel Flight West of Santa Monica, Calif., was awarded $10,000 for its project, “Promoting Fly-Anthropy – the charitable use of aviation to help children in need.” The grant will provide outreach and marketing efforts to reach families in need of medical transportation and to potential volunteer pilots.
Beads of Courage, Inc. of Tucson, Ariz., was awarded $40,000 for its project, “Beads of Courage.” The grant will fund the purchase of beads to encourage ill children as part of the Beads of Courage program. The American Legion Auxiliary and Sons of The American Legion (SAL) sponsored the grant.
Birth Defect Research for Children of Orlando, Fla., was awarded $22,650 for its project, “National Outreach for Birth Defect Prevention.” The grant will help redesign the organizational website and advertise available resources to families and medical professionals. The Auxiliary sponsored the grant.
Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation of Tenafly, N.J., was awarded $25,400 for its project, “7-minute video to answer genetic testing questions as it relates to Pediatric Cardiomyopathy.” The grant will fund the production of a video to be distributed via electronic newsletter and online to reach interested families and physicians. The Auxiliary sponsored the grant.
Children’s Craniofacial Association of Dallas was awarded $10,000 for its project, "Wonder-Choose Kind." The grant will provide educators with resources to teach children anti-bullying and kind behavior toward those afflicted with craniofacial issues. The Auxiliary sponsored the grant.
Children’s Institute, Inc. of Rochester, N.Y., was awarded $7,580 for its project, “Strengthening Military Family Relationships Through Play.” The grant will underwrite the production and dissemination of instructional DVDs to educate Boys and Girls Club staff on the needs of military children. The Auxiliary and SAL sponsored the grant.
Children’s Organ Transplant Association of Bloomington, Ind., was awarded $43,595 for its project, “The American Hometown Heroes for COTA Campaign.” The grant will fund an informational campaign that will connect reserve and National Guard COTA families to Legion posts that support COTA. The Auxiliary and SAL sponsored the grant.
CureSearch for Children’s Cancer of Bethesda, Md., was awarded $31,500 for its project, “CureSearch 2014 Educational Video Series.” The grant will produce and distribute videos on staying healthy while on chemotherapy, eating healthy and information on clinical procedures such as biopsy and ultrasound. The Auxiliary and SAL sponsored the grant.
Diabetes Education & Camping Association of Florence, Ala., was awarded $39,640 for its project, “Optimizing Outcomes at Diabetes Camp – Integrated HER System.” The grant will fund a mobile application and software for health data management. The Auxiliary sponsored the grant.
JAYC Foundation, Inc. of Santa Rosa, Calif., was awarded $50,540 for its project, “Creating Protected Spaces.” The grant will provide comprehensive education between families, mental health professionals and law enforcement agencies through booklets and videos.
Marfan Foundation of Port Washington, N.Y., was awarded $30,000 for its project “Parent’s Toolkit: Your Child and Marfan Syndrome.” The grant will provide informational toolkits for parents of children with Marfan Syndrome. The Auxiliary and SAL sponsored the grant.
Mercy Flight Southeast of Leesburg, Fla., was awarded $21,761 for its project, “Project Outreach SE USA 2014.” The grant will fund a marketing campaign to advertise medical transportation services offered by the organization for public awareness and pilot recruitment.
Mercy Medical Angels of Virginia Beach, Va., was awarded $44,000 for its project, “Child Health Program – Info Dissemination Upgrade.” The grant will update and disseminate information on the organization’s child health program. The Auxiliary and SAL sponsored the grant.
National Autism Association of Attleboro Falls, Mass., was awarded $58,075 for its project, “Big Red Safety Box.” The grant will enable the continuation of the Big Red Safety Box program that addresses dangerous wandering incidents. The Auxiliary and SAL sponsored the grant.
Our Military Kids of McLean, Va., was awarded $31,350 for its project, “Our Mission Continues: Moving into the Next Decade of Supporting Our Kids.” The grant will enhance outreach and marketing efforts of the organization. The Auxiliary and SAL sponsored the grant.
Spina Bifida Association of Arlington, Va., was awarded $25,000 for its project, “Educating Children with Spina Bifida on Staying Healthy.” The grant will underwrite the printing of “Another Way to Go,” a publication that educates children about catheter care. The Auxiliary sponsored the grant.
The American Legion of Indianapolis was awarded $55,500 for its project, “2015 American Legion National Youth Programs Scholarships.” The grant will provide academic scholarships to the top youth participants of the organization’s national youth programs. The Auxiliary sponsored the grant.
United States Association of Blind Athletes of Colorado Springs, Colo., was awarded $20,000 for its project, “USABA Mobile Coach.” The grant will expand the number of sports offered on Mobile Coach to assist blind youth athletes. The SAL sponsored the grant.