Lincoln Financial Foundation is helping the Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana fight hunger in the community with a $90,000 grant toward its Healthy Families Initiative. This award is part of $718,800 in human services grants made recently to 25 local nonprofit organizations and a portion of $2.5 million in charitable funds that Lincoln Foundation has allocated for the area in 2012.
Community Harvest’s Healthy Families Initiative consists of the Farm Wagon Program, a refrigerated mobile pantry distributing fresh food donations to 30 low-income neighborhoods.
Other human services grants awarded include:
Homebound Meals: $12,600 to support client subsidies for people who cannot afford to pay for meals, and gas reimbursement for volunteer drivers.
Vincent Village: $38,000 for Vincent House Transitional Shelter, which moves homeless families from emergency shelters to a level of self-sufficiency in which families are able to maintain stable, permanent housing.
Fort Wayne Habitat for Humanity: $35,000 to increase the energy efficiency in 12 new homes to be built in 2013.
Interfaith Hospitality Network: $17,000 to provide emergency shelter for homeless families.
Children’s Hope: $10,800 to support the pediatric hospitality house for families caring for hospitalized children.
YWCA Northeast Indiana: $72,500 to support Domestic Violence Services, which provides crisis sheltering, outreach services, education and supportive services for domestic violence victims.
AIDS Task Force: $56,000 to fund Outreach Services to groups at high risk for HIV, STD, hepatitis and AIDS.
Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home: $41,000 to support the Charity Assistance Program that financially assists patients who need visiting nurse and hospice services but do not have insurance coverage or the financial resources to pay for them.
Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana: $38,700 to fund the Client Advocate Program, which provides an advocate for cancer patients and their families to help them access services and resources.
Easter Seals ARC of Northeast Indiana: $32,000 to support Another Meaningful Day, which provides client-requested programs, including art, music and exercise.
Allen County Council on Aging: $30,000 to support In-Home Services for seniors, including the Home Assistance Program, HandyChore Program, TeleCare Program and the Durable Medical Equipment Loan Service.
Community Transportation Network: $28,000 to fund medical transportation services for low-income seniors and people with disabilities.
Erin’s House for Grieving Children: $27,000 to support age-appropriate peer support groups and programs for children, teens and young adults who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or loved one.
League for the Blind and Disabled: $27,000 to support the Orientation and Mobility Program that teaches people who are blind the travel skills to move about safely in their homes and community.
SCAN: $27,000 for family restoration services that help families referred by the courts establish stability and learn how to end the cycle of violence in their lives.
Family & Children’s Services: $23,000 to provide outpatient counseling services for people who have behavioral health needs or who are at risk of involvement with alcohol or drugs, and their families.
Community Action of Northeast Indiana: $22,500 for the Family Development Program, a family-focused case management program that provides supportive services to help families in crisis.
Hope House: $21,000 to provide intensive case management and supportive services to assist homeless, chemically dependent women in recovery.
Cedars Hope: $18,000 to fund permanent housing and supportive services for women with mental illness.
Center for Nonviolence: $16,200 to fund nonviolence education programs for men, women and youths.
Aging and In-Home Services: $13,500 to fund the Family Caregiver Program, which provides counseling, support groups, caregiver training, information and assistance in accessing services, and respite care to families caring for older family members.
Healthier Moms and Babies: $9,000 to improve the outcome of pregnancy and reduce infant mortality by providing health education and case management services to low-income, at-risk women.
Volunteer Lawyer Program of Northeast Indiana: $9,000 to provide legal services to underserved populations including seniors, incapacitated adults and low-income individuals and families in need of services.
Child Advocacy Center of Allen County: $4,000 to support forensic interviews for children of alleged sexual abuse.
The Lincoln Financial Foundation, established in 1962, is a nonprofit organization formed and supported by Lincoln Financial Group. Under Lincoln Foundation guidelines, grants are made in the areas of arts, education, human services and workforce/economic development. The Lincoln Foundation awarded more than $2.5 million to support nonprofits in the greater Fort Wayne area in 2011. Since 1962, the Lincoln Foundation has contributed over $88.7 million to Fort Wayne nonprofits.