June 1, 2009, marked the first day of grant-making activities for the AWS Foundation.

AWS Foundation expands reach of AWS

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With a mission matching AWS' — to help children and adults with disabilities live as independently as possible, be included in society and function at their maximum potential — the AWS Foundation occupies a unique niche in the grant-making world.

The Foundation awarded its first grants in August 2009, with subsequent quarterly awards to a variety of not-for-profit organizations in Northeast Indiana whose programs benefit people with disabilities. (In the near future, grant-making activities will expand into other geographic areas where AWS has a presence.)

The Foundation emerged as part of the July 2007 AWS restructuring, which created three entities:

  • A not-for-profit charitable AWS Foundation, which owns and leases the organization's assets, invests earnings from the new AWS for-profit entity and uses those dollars to make grants for programs that benefit people with disabilities.
  • Anthony Wayne Rehabilitation Center for Handicapped and Blind (AWRC), the existing not-for-profit organization, continues to operate Camp Red Cedar, located north of Fort Wayne; Post Masters, a full-service mail and fulfillment operation; Blue Octopus Printing Company; HomePointe and workshops that provide vocational training and job skills development for people with disabilities.
  • AWS LLC is a new for-profit company that delivers the majority of AWS' current services, including residential, home health, employment and day services for people with disabilities. Earnings from this company fund the Foundation.

For more information about the AWS Foundation, please visit www.awsfoundation.org.