2019 February Impacts
LOCAL - WHEATON:
The Foundation was proud to donate $2,500 to Fox Valley Hands of Hope (FVHH) in support of its primary fundraising effort, the Garden Party. FVHH is a volunteer-driven, non-profit organization which supplies services that provide hope for those experiencing grief while continuing to provide supportive care to those who are dealing with life-threatening illnesses. Since 1981, FVHH has served more than 22,000 clients and their families in the greater Fox Valley area of Illinois. In the five years that we have partnered with FVHH, the Foundation has not only supported the Garden Party each year but has also provided baked goods for FVHH’s Christmas cookie drive which donates homemade treats to families dealing with grief.
The DuPage Care Center Foundation (DCCF) is the non-profit organization that supports the DuPage Care Center located in Wheaton, Illinois. Formed in 1993, the Foundation is guided by a volunteer Board of Directors who raise funds to improve the quality of life for DuPage County residents.. The Care Center’s mission is to provide quality long-term and rehabilitation services to residents of DuPage County in a professional, cost effective manner. Those who reside at the Care Center cover all ages over 18, some even over 100 years. Speech, occupational and physical therapies are offered by a highly qualified staff to those who require them. A great variety of recreational activities are also available to residents. The DCCF strives to enhance the quality of residents’ lives by making their environment as enjoyable and home-like as possible.
In 2015, as part of one of the Foundation’s service projects, First Trust employees and their families decorated flower pots that were then planted with flowers and donated to the Care Center residents. This year, we are helping to show the residents of the Care Center some love on Valentine’s Day by sponsoring the musical entertainment for the Center’s Valentine Party and donating a small stuffed animal to every resident. In addition, the Foundation made a $2000 general donation in support of the DCCF’s mission.
LOCAL - AUSTIN:
Meals on Wheels Central Texas (MOWCTX), one of the largest meal-delivery organizations in the state, began in 1972 as an East Austin-based, grassroots organization staffed by only eight volunteers. Together, they cooked and delivered meals to 29 homebound seniors three times a week. Today, MOWCTX provides service to nearly 5,000 persons in need with the help of more than 7,000 volunteers,
MOWCTX seeks to nourish and enrich the lives of the homebound and other people in need through free programs that promote dignity and independent living including: minor and major home repairs; grocery shopping assistance; extra, daily, shelf-stable meals for the nutritionally at-risk; veteran services; and Alzheimer's respite care.
The Foundation is pleased to be a part of MOWCTX and made a donation of $3000 in support of their mission.
Twilight Wish Foundation’s mission is to honor and enrich the lives of deserving seniors through wish granting celebrations that connect generations. The Wish Program recipients must be 68 years of age or older or permanent residents of an eldercare facility, have an annual income that is less than 200% of the poverty level and must also have a history of giving back to their community.
For the sixth year in a row, the Foundation donated to the Twilight Wish Program in hopes of making an impact on individuals in the later years of their life. This year, we made a $1500 donation and supported the wishes of the following seniors:
Jeannie H., 69, Birmingham, AL
Jeannie is a recent widow who has been diagnosed with lung cancer. She volunteers with her church and has supported her family whenever they needed extra help. Her heater recently broke and she cannot afford to replace it on her fixed income. Funds were needed to grant this simple wish needed during this very cold winter.
Claire C., 73, Fairless Hills, PA
Claire was nominated by her case worker to have her wish granted for an infinite position lift chair. Due to many health issues, she needs this special chair to sleep. She used to volunteer for her local hospital on the auxiliary committee but can no longer do so because of her limitations. She lives on a fixed income and cannot afford to purchase the chair on her own.
Troy has served his community as a pastor for 27 years. He is battling multiple myeloma cancer which has affected his ability to walk and he now spends most of his time at home. He would love to go to Gatlinburg, TN to breathe in the fresh air and enjoy some time with his wife. Because they cannot afford to take the trip on their own, funds were needed to cover the cost of travel and lodging.