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AWS Foundation Surprises Nonprofit Service Providers with $550,000 Gift

Monday, May 18, 2020


AWS Foundation surprised eleven Northeast Indiana nonprofit disability service providers with emergency operating grants totaling $550,000. Each of the following nonprofits received $50,000 to help offset increased expenses caused by COVID-19: 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, Passages, Pathfinder Services and RISE Inc.

“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 goes on to say how essential and challenging it is to protect the most vulnerable members of our community.

The agencies learned of AWS Foundation’s gift during a group Zoom meeting designed to thank the agencies for their service to the disability community. When learning they would be one of the recipients, Bi-County Services President Tim Ramsey stated, “With all the bad news from so many directions, it was a shockingly good news announcement - WOW!”

The foundation stated that the dollars awarded were to recognize and support the essential services these agencies provide. Increased operating costs brought on by COVID-19 have challenged many on how they will continue to meet the needs of the community. Nonprofits are facing declining donations, limited fundraising opportunities, and growing concerns of a potential recession. AWS Foundation understands the financial challenges they’re facing. The $50,000 emergency operating grant given to each agency will help them fund services.

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