THE NORTH SHORE AUTISM CIRCLE AWARDS $12,500 TO SUPPORT GENESIS’ NEW SOCIAL ENTERPRISE
DRIVE FOR AUTISM FOUNDATION AWARDS $10,000 TO EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM
Drive for Autism Foundation recently awarded Eden II Programs with a generous $10,000 grant to benefit Eden II’s preschool program. The funds will help the agency continue to grow and provide a learning environment and supplies to support the development of our youngest participants.
Drive for Autism Trustee, Thomas Trezza shares, “Our mission has always been to provide funds to programs like Eden II that make such a positive impact on the community.” The Drive for Autism Foundation is a private charitable foundation that was established to raise funds and distribute them to schools and non-profit organizations committed to the education and treatment of persons with diagnosis’ under the autism spectrum.
Drive for Autism has supported Eden II with a variety of funding opportunities in recent years, including the purchase of smartboards, iPads and a CCTV system.
STAPLES FOUNDATION AWARDS GRANT TO EARLY CHILDHOOD CAMPAIGN
Eden II has been awarded a grant from the Staples Foundation, through a program called 2 Million & Change. Eden II was nominated for the grant by associate Louis Gutierrez. The funds will benefit the Early Childhood Campaign. Eden II’s Executive Director, Joanne Gerenser, shares, “Staples has provided funding for a number of our programs that have a great impact on our participants. We are thankful to Staples and people like Louis for their continued support of our mission.” “Staples is committed to giving back to the causes our associates are passionate about,” said Regis Mulot, chief human resources officer, Staples, Inc. “ The 2 Million & Change program helps associates make an even greater impact on the organizations they support in their local communities.” The 2 Million & Change program allows Staples associates around the world to direct funding to non-profit organizations of their choosing that are focused on education or job skills.
NORTH CENTRAL KIWANIS PROVIDES SCHOLARSHIP TOWARD OVERNIGHT TRIPS
The North Central Kiwanis Club of Staten Island awarded a scholarships toward participants for overnight trips. The trips are provided for those eligible for Medicaid waiver. Past outings have included a variety of fun activities like an indoor water park, bowling, cookie decorating and movie outings. The Kiwanis Club is dedicated to creating positive experiences for community members. The club sponsors a prom each year for Eden II participants and other local autism organizations.