The Welfare Foundation was proud to make grants to the following organizations, among many others, in its December 2019 grant cycle. For a full list of grantees from this and previous cycles, visit Areas of Giving.
Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children to assist with launching an online portal for Delaware schools, early learning centers and youth-serving organizations to gain resources, take training, and engage in discussions on preventing child abuse.
Friends of New Castle County Southern Library to help build a new Middletown Library to better serve the growing population including more technology access and a center for community convening.
Hagley Museum and Library to assist in refurbishing the Birkenhead Mill and its iconic Water Wheel in the historic Powder Yards.
Lewes Historical Society to assist in restoring/replacing the deteriorating cedar shake roof on the Cannonball House and the roof of its period outbuilding.
Pilot School to add equipment to their small gym for maximum sensory regulation and motor development opportunities, as well as completing the build out of their outdoor "Adventure Track," which is used for a variety of sensory learning and physical exercise experiences.
Ronald McDonald House of Delaware to assist in renovating and upgrading their two family kitchens, which are available for families to prepare their own meals if they are craving a taste of home during their stay at RMH.
The Garage Community and Youth Center to assist in upgrading their kitchens to include commercial dishwashers and durable, sustainable dishes in order to better serve the youth in their after-school and summer programs.
UrbanPromise to assist in renovating their new multi-purpose building to house their high school and serve a larger number of high school students.
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provides adoption, foster care, and post-adoption services throughout Delaware. A key component of the post-adoption services provided is monthly support groups. Two support groups are offered, one for parents and one for teens. These groups are outgrowing their current spaces, so an expansion to the A Better Chance for Our Children building in Wilmington is necessary.
The support groups provide an opportunity for parents and teens to be with others who can truly understand their experience. For the teens, it’s a space where they are not “different” from their peers, like they are in so many other settings. For the parents, it’s a time to share challenges and celebrate victories, big and small. It’s also a place where they can find information to help keep their families intact when they encounter difficult times. They also learn that they are not the only ones facing the kinds of challenges that their children (who have experienced enormous trauma before coming into their families) often deal with, and that is so reassuring to their peace of mind. The comfort and support of coming together is vital.
In order to provide the space needed to allow for more parents and teens to benefit from these support groups, there will be an 850 square foot addition to the existing building at the Wilmington location. This project will double the size of the first-floor training room used for the parent support group. The second-floor conference room used for the teen group will increase by about 50%. Construction is scheduled to begin April 2020.