AWS Foundation Partners with Disability Service Providers to Give Away $60,000

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AWS Foundation and disability self-advocates from 10 area disability service providers presented donations to over 30 nonprofits. Disability self-advocates are people with disabilities who advocate for increased accessibility and inclusion in their communities.

AWS Foundation partnered with Arc of Noble County Foundations, Arc of Wabash, Bi-County Services, Cardinal Services, Carey Services, Easterseals Arc of Northeast Indiana, Life Adult Day Academy, Pathfinder Services, The League, and Turnstone for Pay it Forward Day. Disability self-advocates from these organizations nominated local nonprofits who they volunteer with, who provide services to them, and who make a positive impact in their community to receive funds. Image of a group of people posing for a photo. Two people are holding two large checks.

“Disability service providers so often benefit from the generosity of others,” says Patti Hays, AWS Foundation CEO. “The idea of celebrating Pay it Forward Day in this way is to allow those with disabilities to experience the joy and internal satisfaction that comes from giving to others.”

Pay it Forward Day was started in 2007 to show that a small act of kindness can make a big impact.




Funding Recipients:

• Central Noble Food Pantry, Albion, IN

• Carriage House, Fort Wayne, IN

• The Backpack Program, Bluffton, IN

• Augusta Hills Learning Rec Community Center, Albion, IN

• BABE of Wabash County, Wabash, IN

• Workers for the Blind, Fort Wayne, IN

• Café of Hope, Huntington, IN

• Forgotten Children, Bluffton, IN

• Bring It! Push It! Own It!, Fort Wayne, IN

• FISH Food Pantry, Wabash, IN

• Kendallville Public Library, Kendallville, IN

• We Carry Kevan, Fort Wayne, IN

• Agape Mobility Ethiopia, Fort Wayne, IN

• Wabash County Animal Shelter, Wabash, IN

• Blue Jacket, Fort Wayne, IN

• The Closet, Bluffton, IN

• Kosciusko Community Senior Services, Warsaw, IN

• Dog Man of Wabash County, La Fountaine, IN

• Wells Friends of the Shelter, Bluffton, IN

• Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts, Warsaw, IN

• Fort Wayne Dance Collective, Fort Wayne, IN

• United with Love, Huntington, IN

• Grant County Special Education Cooperative, Gas City, IN

• myTEAM Triumph, Wabash, IN

• Magical Meadows, Warsaw, IN

• Grant County Family YMCA, Marion, IN

• Grant County Special Olympics, Marion, IN

• Kendallville Humane Society, Kendallville, IN

• Image of Hope Ranch, Auburn, IN

• Animal Welfare League, Pierceton, IN

• The River Church, Marion, IN

• Albion American Legion, Albion, IN

• Huntington County Humane Society, Huntington, IN

• Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, Fort Wayne, IN

• Audiences Unlimited, Fort Wayne, IN

• Allen County Public Library – Grabill Branch, Grabill, IN

• Smiley’s Garden, Fort Wayne, IN

• Parkview Huntington Family YMCA, Huntington, IN