Wednesday, March 3, 2021

FUN Dreams Come True

FUN is happy, excited, and proud to announce that it has been awarded $9776 as part of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation National Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) 2020 2nd Cycle Direct Effect Quality of Life grants. Fifty-one grants totaling $925,492 were awarded. The Quality of Life Grants Program supports nonprofit organizations that empower individuals living with paralysis. Since the Quality of Life Grants Program’s inception, more than 3,300 grants totaling over $32 million have been awarded. Funding for this new cycle of grants were made possible through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL grant #90PRRC0002-03-00). 

FUN will use the grant for the installation of paved pathways to create a barrier-free, fully inclusive vegetable garden at their Bee Happy site, 6165 Leesburg Pike. By providing accessible paths along with high-sided raised beds, FUN can offer volunteering opportunities for individuals living with paralysis and mobility limitations. 

We are grateful to the Reeve Foundation for their support. Sarah and RenĂ©e, co-founders of FUN are thrilled, “We are thankful that everyone who enjoys gardening and giving back to the community as much as we do, will now have the opportunity to do so. We are honored that the Reeve foundation endorsed our project and our commitment to inclusion, community engagement, and fulfilling opportunities for gardeners with paralysis.” All food grown in this garden will be donated to local food pantries, as part of FUN’s mission to address food insecurity within the Falls Church community.

“This past year has brought about many extreme challenges to the organizations that we work with and the people we collectively serve,” said Mark Bogosian, Director, Quality of Life Grants Program, Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. “This cohort of grantees and their ever-important projects are a beacon of light as we navigate our way through a new year. There are still challenges ahead, but I know that together we will continue to move forward to overcome obstacles and barriers that affect the over 5.3 million Americans living with paralysis and their families and caregivers. I have complete confidence that these new projects will lead the way to a better tomorrow.” 

The Reeve Foundation National Paralysis Resource Center has several grants under the Quality of Life program awarding grants in different category areas, varying in different amounts. The Direct Effect Quality of Life grants program organizations up to $25,000 to support a wide range of projects and activities that will clearly impact individuals living with paralysis and their families. The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research and improving the quality of life for individuals and families impacted by paralysis. By uniting the brightest minds in the field, we are working tirelessly to accelerate scientific discovery across the field of spinal cord research by investing in labs across the globe. Additionally, through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living, the Reeve Foundation’s national Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) promotes the health, well-being, and independence of people living with paralysis, providing comprehensive information, resources, and referral services assisting over 100,000 individuals and families since its launch in 2002. The Reeve Foundation is committed to elevating our community’s voices and needs to achieve greater representation and independence. We meet all 20 of the Better Business Bureau’s standards for charity accountability and hold the BBB’s Charity Seal. For more information, please visit our Resource Center has several grants under the Quality of Life program awarding grants in different category areas, varying in different amounts. The Direct Effect Quality of Life grants program organizations up to $25,000 to support a wide range of projects and activities that will clearly impact individuals living with paralysis website at www.ChristopherReeve.org or call 800-225-0292.

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