The Welfare Foundation was proud to make grants to the following organizations, among many others, in its December 2021 grant cycle. For a full list of grantees from this and previous cycles, visit Areas of Giving.
Children & Families First Delaware, Inc. to assist with the implementation of a new agency-wide case management system to support their recent growth.
Delmarva Adult & Teen Challenge Inc to support the costs to build a transition home for men who graduate from the Men's Center in order to assist them back into independent life post-addiction.
Friends of Cooch's Bridge Historic Site to help them preserve the site, restore the eight historic buildings on the property, and open a trail system on the land for public enjoyment and education.
Friends of the Delaware Veterans Home, Inc. to contribute to the cost of building a dental suite at the Delaware Veterans Home.
Harper's Heart to assist with furnishing their new office space, getting their SIDS Prevention pilot program off the ground, and providing for organizational capacity building.
Lutheran Senior Services Inc. to support the renovation and safety improvements of the bathrooms in this affordable senior housing high-rise, located in Wilmington.
Milford Housing Development Corporation to assist with their capital needs, including a new forklift for their Self-Help Program and a new roof on their shop.
Newark Day Nursery and Children's Center to assist with the cost to renovate the facility's 25-year-old roof, which due to leaking is in need of prompt repair.
St. Michael's School and Nursery, Inc. to support critical building renovations that affect the structure and safety of everyone in the center.
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The Wilmington Library and the North Wilmington Branch Library operate as a single public library system serving residents of Wilmington and New Castle County. There is evidence, via a hand-written receipt for dues, that the Wilmington Library was first incorporated in 1754. Today, the Library is determined to be a driving force behind the stabilization of North Wilmington.
In one of Wilmington’s most impoverished neighborhoods, the North Branch has always been a welcoming community center for its neighbors. Prior to the 2020-2021 Covid years, an average 85,000 individuals used the Branch’s resources annually. In recent years, the demand for services and its reputation as a safe haven have grown as the neighborhood has been shaken by almost daily shootings.
With help from Welfare Foundation and other funders, the North Wilmington Library branch is expanding. After another business vacated the adjoining space next door at 34th and Market, the North Branch’s home for the last 25 years, the Library acquired the newly available 13,000 sq.ft. in September 2021, basically tripling their footprint.
An enlarged North Branch will be able to serve the community event better. Books will always be the basis for library service, but the volume of information with new technology presents a challenge to continually blend traditional services with other methodologies of retrieving information that are very in-demand at this time.