LBS:AOA grants $38,000 to local programs benefiting senior citizens - May 10 2011

OSHKOSH, WI - The Ladies Benevolent Society:Advocates for Older Adults (LBS:AOA) approved more than $38,000 in grants to benefit the health and well-being of senior citizens residing in the Oshkosh area.

LBS:AOA chose to provide funds to 12 different organizations in its annual competitive granting cycle which was completed in April.

Among the grant recipients is the Oshkosh Public Library which received $2,500 to help build its collection of large print books and CD books for the outreach Home Delivery Program and Senior Living Center Book Clubs. One woman who is served by the Home Delivery Program is in her 80s, is almost blind and lives alone. She loves mystery stories. Once a month a library volunteer brings her eight to 10 mystery books on CD, providing a vital connection for someone who otherwise would not have access to the books she loves. The program serves 135 such individuals.

Grants to other programs include:
    American Red Cross of East Central Wisconsin: $5,000
    Grant will help fund the Bridges Emergency Assistance Program, which provides financial aid for rental, utility and transportation expenses for those in need.
    Clarity Care Inc.: $5,000
    Grant will help fund Health at Home Affordable Care Services, a program that gets low-income seniors the support they need to stay in their home.
    Lutheran Homes of Oshkosh: $5,000
    Grant will help fund the It's Never Too Late System, a program that uses new technologies, including computers and the internet, to supplement rehabilitation and improve quality of life for residents.
    Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin & Upper Michigan Inc.: $3,688
    Grant will help provide a subsidy for more individuals to benefit from LSS Adult Day Care Center & LSS Mindworks at the Oshkosh Seniors Center.
    Mercy Health Foundation: $2,500
    Grant will help fund the Fitness for the Physically Challenged Program, which provides a facility and exercise equipment at Mercy Medical Center for people who have a disability and who wish to maintain strength and mobility through exercise.
    Mercy Health Foundation: $1,500
    Grant will help fund the Emergency Fund to address nonmedical needs for patients receiving treatment at Michael D. Wachtel Cancer Center in Mercy Medical Center.
    Oshkosh Area Humane Society: $2,000
    Grant will help fund the Pets for Seniors program, which benefits senior citizens who are seeking to adopt a pet but who may be deterred because of the adoption cost.
    Oshkosh Area Humane Society: $800
    Grant will help fund the Best Buddy Program, which covers the cost of spay or neutering a pet for a senior citizen who might not otherwise adopt due to this cost.
    Oshkosh Family Inc.: $1,000
    Grants will help fund a subsidy to provide 600 additional reduced cost meals to recipients of Meals on Wheels, a home-delivered meal program adults.
    Oshkosh Seniors Center: $650
    Grant will help fund the purchase of additional strength training equipment for daily fitness classes at the Seniors Center.
    Park View Health Center: $4,815
    Grant will help fund the purchase of four additional adjustable height low beds to reduce residents' risk of injuries from falls.
    Winnebago County Literacy Council: $2,000
    Grant will help fund the One to One Adult Tutoring Program, which provides literacy services to adults.

In addition, LBS:AOA this year has continued its support of the LBS:AOA Scholarship Fund through the Evergreen Foundation with a grant of $2,000. This grant supports continuing education for the center's staff and is separate from LBS:AOA's competitive granting cycle.

In the last 10 years, LBS:AOA has awarded nearly $220,000 in grants to organizations that help older adults in the Oshkosh area, in addition to grants made to other individuals and groups.

The group was founded in Oshkosh in 1863 as the Ladies Aid Society. Over the decades, the LBS:AOA has served the community by operating a home for elderly women for 84 years and aiding the needy. The group reorganized last July as a field of interest fund under the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation. For more information,
visit the Ladies Benevolent Society:Advocates for Older Adults' website.

The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization created by and for the people of Winnebago County, Waushara County, Green Lake County and Ripon. Through charitable giving, the Community Foundation strives to make our communities thrive. For more information, please call 920-426-3993.


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