The Welfare Foundation was proud to make grants to the following organizations, among many others, in its June 2023 grant cycle. For a full list of grantees from this and previous cycles, visit Areas of Giving.
Calliope Project (Milton Theatre) to assist with renovating their green room, dressing rooms, and rehearsal areas as part of Phase II of their Milton Theatre Renaissance Initiative campaign.
Exceptional Care for Children to help purchase a new chiller for their pediatric long-term care facility to maintain a safe and comfortable environment for patients.
Jay's House to assist with outfitting their new daycare, Puzzle Piece Lane, specifically for children with autism and developmental delays.
Jefferson Street Center, Inc. to support renovations to their Community Hub, specifically to bring the bathrooms up-to-date, which were last upgraded in the 1960's.
Limen Recovery + Wellness to renovate their recently purchased Washington Street location and turn it into their new Recovery Resource Center.
Newark Senior Center to help expand their multipurpose room and to add square footage to their Early Memory Loss program space, as demand for services has risen.
Todmorden Foundation to support their Bennett Street Revitalization Project, which will construct 20 new homes and renovate 6 existing properties on Wilmington's East Side.
Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research to support upgrading their outdated phone system so they can continue to field over 20,000 calls annually, responding to community needs and calls for birds that need help.
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Wilmington Alliance operates Wilmington Kitchen Collective, along with Riverfront Ministries, which is a community-based project dedicated to serving food industry entrepreneurs from marginalized local communities. Their mission is to empower transformation by providing affordable, high-quality commercial kitchen facilities, business development, and economic support to culinary entrepreneurs.
Many of the city’s talented culinary entrepreneurs need assistance with barrier reductions. Wilmington Kitchen Collective provides resources for entrepreneurs that have informal existing businesses in order to become legally operating while encouraging growth, and assisting new entrepreneurs just beginning their career pathway. Business owners are guided through all certifications with the Collective removing financial barriers by covering initial costs of licensures and permits. Alongside developing their business plan, the Collective supports in marketing and advertising, accounting, and personnel management, allowing each business to name their individual goals in a very personalized plan.
The first commissary kitchen opened in Jan. 2022 at Grace United Methodist Church and the 2nd location opened in 2022 at First & Central Presbyterian Church. Welfare’s grant will allow them to expand to a third location to address the continuing need from culinary businesses in the city of Wilmington.