Lincoln Financial Foundation is helping Fort Wayne Habitat for Humanity make local homes more energy efficient with a $35,000 grant to upgrade them to Energy Star certification. The award is part of $651,600 in human services grants made recently to 23 local nonprofit organizations and a portion of $2.5 million in charitable funds that Lincoln Foundation has allocated for the area in 2011.
Homes that are Energy Star rated and certified ensure sustainability for both the home and the homeowner. Money that is saved on energy costs can help ensure that families will stay current on their mortgage payments and are able to afford essentials and education. Energy Star upgrades include electric heat pumps, Energy Star appliances, upgraded duct work, lighting fixtures, light bulbs and higher R values for insulation and windows.
Other human services grants awarded include:
- $90,000 to Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana to support the Healthy Families Initiative which includes the Farm Wagon, Community Cupboard and Crisis Assistance programs.
- $72,500 to YWCA Northeast Indiana to support Domestic Violence Services, which provide crisis sheltering, outreach services, education and supportive services for victims of domestic violence.
- $44,100 to Vincent Village for Vincent House Transitional Shelter, which moves homeless families from emergency shelters to a level of self-sufficiency in which families are able to maintain stable, permanent housing.
- $41,000 to Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home to support the Charity Assistance Program that financially assists patients who need visiting nurse and hospice services but do not have insurance coverage or the financial resources to pay for them.
- $38,700 to Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana to fund the Client Advocate Program, which provides an advocate to cancer patients and their families to help them access services and resources, including loans of medical equipment, health supplies, transportation, financial assistance, personal appearance items and support groups.
- $32,000 to Easter Seals ARC of Northeast Indiana to support A Meaningful Day Program, which provides client-requested programs, including art, music and exercise, that improve the health and quality of life for people with disabilities.
- $30,000 to Allen County Council on Aging to support In-Home Services for seniors, including the Home Assistance Program, HandyChore Program and TeleCare Program.
- $28,000 to Community Transportation Network to fund medical transportation services for low- income seniors and people with disabilities.
- $27,000 to Erin’s House for Grieving Children to support age-appropriate peer support groups and programs for children, teens and young adults who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or loved one.
- $27,000 to League for the Blind and Disabled to support In-Home Services that provide personal care services, homemaker services and respite care to help people with severe disabilities remain in their homes.
- $27,000 to SCAN for Family Restoration Services that help families referred by the courts establish stability and learn how to end the cycle of violence in their lives.
- $23,000 to Family & Children’s Services to provide outpatient counseling services for individuals who have behavioral health needs or who are at risk of involvement with alcohol or drugs, and their families.
- $22,500 to Community Action of Northeast Indiana for the Family Development Program, a family-focused general case management program that provides supportive services to help families in crisis.
- $20,700 to Hope House to provide intensive case management and supportive services to help homeless, chemically dependent women in recovery.
- $18,000 to Cedars Hope to fund affordable, permanent supportive housing for women with mental illness.
- $16,200 to Center for Nonviolence to fund nonviolence education programs for men, women and youth.
- $13,500 to Aging and In-Home Services to fund the Family Caregiver Program, which provides counseling, support groups, caregiver training, information and assistance in accessing services, and respite care to families caring for older family members.
- $12,600 to Homebound Meals to support client subsidies for individuals who cannot afford to pay for meals, and gas reimbursement for volunteer drivers.
- $10,800 to Children’s Hope to support the pediatric hospitality house for families caring for hospitalized children.
- $9,000 to Healthier Moms and Babies to improve the outcome of pregnancy and reduce infant mortality by providing case management services to low-income, at-risk families.
- $9,000 to Volunteer Lawyer Program of Northeast Indiana to provide legal services to underserved populations including seniors, incapacitated adults and low-income individuals and families in need of services.
- $4,000 to Child Advocacy Center of Allen County to support forensic interviews for children of alleged sexual abuse.
About Lincoln Financial Foundation
The Lincoln Financial Foundation, established in 1962, is a nonprofit organization formed and supported by Lincoln Financial Group. Under Lincoln Foundation guidelines, grants are made in the areas of arts, education, human services and workforce/economic development. The Lincoln Foundation awarded $2.75 million to support nonprofits in the greater Fort Wayne area in 2010. Since 1962, the Lincoln Foundation has contributed nearly $85 million to Fort Wayne nonprofits.
About Lincoln Financial Group
Lincoln Financial Group has set aside almost $10 million of its pre-tax earnings for charitable causes that support philanthropic endeavors in the communities where its employees work. Lincoln Financial Group is the marketing name for Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC) and its affiliates. With headquarters in the Philadelphia region, the companies of Lincoln Financial Group had assets under management of $153 billion as of September 30, 2011. Through its affiliated companies, Lincoln Financial Group offers: annuities; life, group life, disability and dental insurance; 401(k) and 403(b) plans; savings plans; and comprehensive financial planning and advisory services. For more information, including a copy of our most recent SEC reports containing our balance sheets, please visit www.LincolnFinancial.com.