WARSAW — Today at Warsaw Community High School, Riley Children’s Foundation gave a total of $10,500 in grants to Warsaw area foundations who are invested in helping children in the area.
Warsaw Riley Leadership Committee member Susan Findlay stated Riley chose to give to these organizations because, “These are the organizations that best served our goal to help children in the community.”
Tracey Acres, the adult coordinator for Boomerang Backpacks, and high school leaders Madeline Cox and Annie Petro were present today to receive the donation for $3,500 for Boomerang Backpacks. Acres mentioned the funds will be used to fill backpacks with food for low income kids to take home on the weekend. Last year, Boomerang Backpacks was able to supply 435 backpacks for kids. Their goal this year is to fill up to 500.
George Brennan, vice president of CASA, and Mackenzie Cloutier, executive director of CASA, accepted the donation of $3,500 from Riley’s. CASA will use the proceeds to develop programs which work with children of parents who have domestic disputes. This money will also help cultivate services helping children deal with divorce.
Michele Bickel, director of community relations of Joe’s Kids, and Rebecca Bazzoni, project director of Joe’s Kids received $3,500 on behalf of Joe’s Kids. The proceeds from this donation will go to a variety of different aspects of the organization. They have plans to move locations, as the building they are currently in is not big enough for their needs. They need constant donations just to keep doing their regular services of therapy for special needs children. Next year the organization plans to be able to assist even more children with their programs.