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Christiana Care announces $1 million gift to REACH Riverside

Christiana Care Health System made a $1 million gift to REACH Riverside Development Corporation that will support community health and youth development programs. (See video below).

Christiana Care’s gift adds to the landmark community redevelopment initiative, announced in November, which includes government, private and nonprofit investment and robust community engagement in one of Wilmington’s poorest neighborhoods.

“At Christiana Care, we serve together to make a positive impact on health,” said Christiana Care President and CEO Janice E. Nevin. “This partnership with REACH Riverside will help the people who live and work in the Riverside community to realize their own vision for a healthy lifestyle, with better access to healthy activities, lively places to learn and play and caring partners who will work with them to develop solutions that meet their needs. We’re here to serve our community.”

Christiana Care’s gift will fund community health and wellness outreach and education, facilities and resources for teen programs and activities, and support for seniors and children in this multigenerational neighborhood. The gift also will fund transportation so that neighbors have easy access to meet their health and social service needs, and programs to support economic mobility through workforce development and financial health programs.

The REACH Riverside project will include:

  • Community wellness initiatives through an expanded Kingswood Community Center, which has served children through seniors for nearly 75 years.
  • The Teen Warehouse Inc., a “for teens, by teens” facility featuring programming in health, confidence-building and educational, social and career competencies. Opening in September 2019, The Warehouse will be in the former Prestige Academy on Thatcher Street, in walking distance from Kingswood Community Center.
  • A redevelopment plan with 400 high-quality, mixed-income housing units.
  • Education expansion for pre-K through high school in partnership with The revitalization is part of the national Purpose Built Communities initiative that reinvigorates neighborhoods with housing, a cradle-to-college education pipeline and community wellness programs so residents can thrive and achieve a brighter future. In Wilmington, REACH Riverside is the program’s “community.

Highmark awards $580,000 in grants

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware recently awarded six grants, totaling $580,000, through itsBluePrints for the Communitygrant program.

“As a Delaware health care leader we are focused on a healthier Delaware, and the organizations receiving these grants have a proven track record of making a positive impact throughout our state.” said Nick Moriello, president of Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware. “Highmark Delaware is proud to support their important efforts to increase access to care and reduce health disparities.”

Highmark Delaware establishedBluePrints for the Communityin 2007 as a donor-advised fund at the Delaware Community Foundation, a nonprofit organization that manages and administers charitable funds throughout the state.

Since its inception in 2007, theBluePrints for the Communitygrant program has awarded more than $13 million to Delaware nonprofit organizations.

Grant recipients include:

  • Bayhealth Foundation — $100,000 – The grant will support expansion of Bayhealth’s Palliative Care program. Funding will build on Bayhealth’s inpatient Palliative Care program and fund expansion of broader-based outpatient Palliative Care services.
  • Catholic Charities — $120,000 – Catholic Charities will utilizeBluePrintsfunding to support underserved Delawareans receiving outpatient mental health treatment, including telepsychiatry services, to address emotional, behavioral, and mental health concerns. Funding will subsidize treatment and public transportation costs for under- and uninsured outpatient clients participating in Catholic Charities routine services.
  • Delaware Hospice — $100,000 – This grant will support Delaware Hospice’s New Hope program. New Hope created in 1990, provides care to grieving children and adolescents. The program includes individual and age-appropriate activities as well as two week-long summer camps to help children ages 6-17 with the grieving process. New Hope supports nearly 500 children annually and never charges a fee for the program.
  • ITN Southern Delaware – $60,000 – ITN Southern Delaware, a non-profit all volunteer transportation cooperative that provides transportation to seniors 55+ in Sussex County, receivedBluePrintsfunding for Health/Wellness Scholarships that will provide transportation for low income seniors to doctor’s appointments and other health care and wellness related services.
  • Rodel Foundation – $100,000 –BluePrintsfunding will support Rodel’s Delaware Readiness Teams as they implement a statewide project to educate families on their important role in supporting healthy child development. The Readiness Teams will utilize the Ages and Stages Questionnaires, which will be available electronically in English and Spanish for all Delaware families with children birth to age five, for social, emotional and developmental screening. The Teams will provide additional social and educational intervention service referrals and education kits, which support families with their child’s social, emotional, and developmental needs.
  • YMCA of Delaware – $100,000 – The grant will support the expansion of the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) and increase capacity to serve 600 participants statewide. Funding will increase access to DPP by offering additional class locations and provide scholarships to underserved individuals, primarily in Kent and Sussex County.

UDance raises $2.5 million

UDance raised $2,252,082 from its annual event that aids the fight against childhood cancer.

UDance is the largest student-run philanthropy at the University of Delaware.The organization raises funds year-around, with the effort concluding with a weekend dance marathon on the university campus.

UDance was founded in 2007 by Jessica Forman and has grown substantially over the past nine years. The first UDance, held in the Trabant Multipurpose Rooms, was sponsored by two Greek Organizations – Alpha Epsilon Phi and Sigma Phi Epsilon.

In 2009, UDance partnered with TheAndrew McDonough B+ Foundation.

Funds raised aid families dealing with pediatric cancer.

Wells Fargo awarded $200,000 grant from Wells Fargo

First State Community Loan Fund (CLF was awarded a $200,000 grant from Wells Fargo to support an initiative to press into some of the most economically distressed regions within their target markets: the Northeast neighborhood in the City of Wilmington, the City of Chester in Delaware County, PA and the City of Coatesville in Chester County, PA.

The grant was administered through the bank’s Diverse Community Capital (DCC) program, a collaboration between Wells Fargo and Opportunity Finance Network, which was developed to lend to diverse small business owners, support initiatives that increase access to capital and resources, and help more diverse small business owners get the coaching and education resources they need to succeed. The resources that are provided through the DCC program come in the form of loan dollars and grants geared towards bolstering the capacity of diverse owned small businesses.

“We take diversity very seriously,” said Van Hampton, CEO of First State Community Loan Fund. “With this additional funding, we will be able to support entrepreneurs in distressed areas and empower them to serve as economic hubs in their communities. There is much work to be done, and the DCC grant allows us to be agents of change and economic growth.”

Next Gen South raises $22,000+ from Chowdown

The southern chapter of The Next Generation (Next Gen South) of the Delaware Community Foundationraised more than $22,000 at its Seventh Annual Chowdown for Charity on March 1, 2019 at Maple Dale Country Club, Dover

Po’ Boys Creole Restaurant was dubbed “Chowdown Champion 2019,” and Chaiyo came in second place, beating out dishes from competitors Brickworks Brewing & Eats, The Greene Turtle Dover, Maple Dale Country Club, Hammerheads, Lefty’s Alley & Eats, La Hacienda, Wild Quail Country Club, Meding’s Seafood, and Roma Italian Ristorante.

“We are so pleased to be able to say that this was our most successful Chowdown for Charity yet, nearly doubling last year’s proceeds” stated Samantha Hemphill, Chowdown for Charity chair, “If not for the support of this community, we would not have been able to achieve this.”

Over 275 attendees enjoyed food and drink by EasySpeaks and Mispillion River Brewery, and ended the night with cookies and coffee provided by House of Coffi.

“Funds raised from this event will stay in our Kent and Sussex communities to help our neighbors struggling with addiction.” Verity Watson, Next Generation South president stated, “Our 2019 grant cycle is about to start and I encourage any nonprofit working in this space to reach out for more information.”

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