Grants Awarded in 2011
The Shearwater Foundation received and evaluated ten proposals during this granting cycle. In accordance with our statutory obligation, the Foundation awarded $63,000 divided among the following seven organizations:
AMBUCS: A local affiliate of a national organization, Huntsville (Alabama) AMBUCS designs and manufactures therapeutic tricycles to meet the individual needs of physically handicapped children. Shearwater awarded AMBUCS $5000 to fund the acquisition of ten therapeutic tricycles.
The Nature Conservancy of Alabama: Shearwater awarded $10,000 to the Nature Conservancy to be used for improvements to the Keel Mountain Preserve and the Roy Whitaker Preserve in the Paint Rock Valley of north Alabama.
Huntsville Community Free Clinic (HCFC): This free clinic, staffed primarily by volunteers, provides physician services and medication to the medically indigent of north Alabama. Shearwater awarded HCFC $15,000 to purchase diabetic glucometers, insulin, and other pharmaceutical products.
Encore Service Corps International (Encore): In partnership with The National Peace Corps Association and the Moi University Department of Nursing, Encore supports nursing higher education in Eldoret, Kenya. Shearwater awarded Encore $10,000 for educating two MS students at Moi during the coming year.
Impact Alabama: This group's Focus First initiative, in cooperation with Vision Research Corporation among others, conducts vision screening of preschool children in Alabama. Shearwater awarded Impact Alabama $10,000 for their high-tech vision screening and follow-up care programs.
Nurses for Newborns of Tennessee (NFNT): NFNT conducts a prevention-based home visitation service for at-risk families of medically fragile infants and young children. Their goal is to reduce infant mortality and child abuse by promoting health care, education and positive parenting skills. Shearwater awarded NFNT $3000 to fund nurse visits, cribs, and scales.
Our Kids: This is a clinic of the Nashville (Tennessee) General Hospital and partner with Vanderbilt University Children's Hospital. It focuses on medical evaluation, counseling and other services for sexually abused children and their families. In 2010 they used a Shearwater grant to start an outreach to Spanish-speaking families; this program includes on-call interpreters and a bilingual social worker. Shearwater awarded $10,000 this year to OUr Kids for continued support and expansion of their Hispanic outreach programs.
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