Children who use wheelchairs and want to cool off at Fayetteville's splash pads will soon be able to do so without getting their wheelchairs wet.
The Cumberland Community Foundation has provided $4,000 to the Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks & Recreation Department to buy four aquatic wheelchairs — ones designed for wet and watery conditions — that the disabled children can use while visiting the splash pads.
“It’s a big deal,” said Michael Gibson, the director of the parks and recreation department. The wheelchairs will help the children and their parents, he said.
The aquatic wheelchair grant is one of 13 grants totaling nearly $134,000 the Fayetteville-based organization announced on Wednesday that are intended to make the Fayetteville and Cumberland County community a better place to live.
The Cumberland Community Foundation awards grants to charitable organizations twice a year. The next deadline to apply is Sept. 12.
For more information on how to apply for the grant, go to cumberlandcf.org and click on “For Nonprofits.”
Here is a list of the latest grants:
• $12,000 to the Child Advocacy Center for individual and group counseling services for child victims of abuse. Funded by the Cornelia “Neill” Bullock Wilkins Charitable Endowment Fund-Healthcare.
• $12,000 to Better Health of Cumberland County Inc. for its Diabetes Self-Management Program to help clients learn about and manage their diabetes. Funded by the Cornelia “Neill” Bullock Wilkins Charitable Endowment Fund-Healthcare.
• $20,000 to Action Pathways/Second Harvest Food Bank for expansion of the Second Saturday Produce Market and the purchase of a cooking demonstration cart. Funded by the Cornelia “Neill” Bullock Wilkins Charitable Endowment Fund-Healthcare.
• $10,000 to the Vision Resource Center for its Independent Living Skills and Socialization for People with Vision Loss Program. Clients with vision loss will receive one-on-one rehabilitation therapy and socialization skills. Funded by the Cornelia “Neill” Bullock Wilkins Charitable Endowment Fund-Healthcare.
• $2,000 to 5 Sparrows for general operating support for its services that provide counseling to victims of human trafficking. Funded by the Dr. Glenward T. Keeney Memorial Endowment.
• $5,291 for the Medical Ministry at Operation Inasmuch to provide medical equipment and supplies for a weekly clinic that serves the uninsured, homeless and indigent. Funded by the Health Education Foundation of Cumberland County General Endowment.
• $50,000 to the Cumberland County Coordinating Council on Older Adults for its Community Caregiving Circle. The money is to provide a comprehensive, two-year program to improve the quality of life for older adults in Cumberland County. Funded by the Cornelia “Neill” Bullock Wilkins Charitable Endowment Fund.
• $10,000 to Cape Fear Studios for its Senior Arts Program. This is to provide art classes and supplies at recreation centers to relieve isolation and provide more recreation for older adults. Funded by the Cornelia “Neill” Bullock Wilkins Charitable Endowment Fund.
• $5,000 to the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra for its Musical Memories Program. The symphony will have performances at facilities that serve dementia or Alzheimer's patients. Funded by the Thomas and Edith Wood Endowment for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support.
• $7,500 to the Boy and Girls Home of North Carolina Inc. for Cumberland County foster care parent re-licensure training for 200 to 250 foster care providers. Funded by the Dr. Richard S. Kelly Jr. Memorial Fund.
• $1,385 to the Cape Fear Medical Foundation for its Artful Reflections Kids Events activities. This art program is to help the children of cancer patients cope with the challenges of their parents’ diagnosis. Funded by the Karen Allen Parker Memorial Endowment.
• $6,650 to the Child Advocacy Center. The money is to be used to teach child-serving organizations about child abuse prevention and detection and other child-protection related programs of Child Advocacy Center. It also is to support a summer intern. Funded by the Dr. and Mrs. Kurt Sachs Fund for Children.
• $4,000 to the Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks & Recreation Department for its Splash Pad Wheelchair Project. This is to buy four aquatic wheelchairs to place at two of Fayetteville’s splash pads for use by handicapped members of the public. Funded by The Community/Emerging Opportunity Fund.
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