CHIMES AWARDED GRANT FROM SAFEWAY FOUNDATION FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR
For the second consecutive year, Chimes awarded a grant from the Safeway Foundation to enhance our programs! The grant in the amount of $7,500 will fund new creative therapies and learning activities along with the purchase of 10 new tablet computers, which will enhance Chimes’ ability to safely coordinate community-based outings and events for persons served.
“We are grateful for Safeway’s commitment to supporting their community with these grants designed to make a difference,” said Kevin Drumheller, Chief Operating Officer for Chimes Maryland. “This specialized funding is greatly needed to support the activities of the people we serve in our various programs; I want to thank Safeway for this important support.”
Experiential learning opportunities for people with disabilities are a vital, yet underfunded component of the services Chimes provides. The grant will help fund activities like trips to the aquarium, fitness classes, museum passes, trips to local parks and more.
In addition, the grant will help fund various types of creative therapies that are vital to fostering independence and fulfillment. New musical instruments, art supplies and sports equipment will be purchased and incorporated into Chimes’ programming thanks to the Safeway Foundation grant.
The grant will also fund the purchase and maintenance of 10 password-protected tablet computers that will be used by Chimes case managers to securely and efficiently store, transport and access vital information for each person served when they are taking part in community based activities, including employment, volunteering, social events or special trips.
The tablets will also be utilized by people Chimes serves who lack the ability to communicate verbally. The touch screens on the tablets will be equipped with signs and symbols and a voice output function that will allow the people Chimes serves to better communicate with staff and when out in the community.