Update on Autism Community COVID-19 Response Fund
The Sinneave Family Foundation is here for the community during these extraordinary times. We have adapted, innovated and remain responsive to your needs. Autistic youth and adults are a vulnerable group who require our community’s care and attention to remain connected, included and supported through this period of change and physical isolation. Their well-being and mental health continue to be Sinneave’s priority.
During the month of April 2020, we repurposed our 2020 Directors Award and operating dollars previously earmarked to support large group activities to establish an Autism Community COVID-19 Response Fund. Individuals and families in Alberta were invited to apply for a one-time $200 financial gift to support their immediate needs. Non-profit organizations in the city of Calgary and surrounding areas could apply for a one-time grant of up to $15K to assist in providing services to support the well-being and mental health of youth and adults on the autism spectrum.
We are pleased to share that our Autism Community COVID-19 Response Fund assisted 100 families, living in 21 different municipalities across Alberta, and supported 7 non-profit organizations in Calgary to address specific challenges triggered by the pandemic. We congratulate Autism Aspergers Friendship Society, Autism Calgary, New Age Services, New Heights School and Learning Services, Calgary Quest Children’s Society, Society for Treatment of Autism, and the Indefinite Arts Centre for their adaptability and genuine commitment to ensuring members of the autism community stay connected to valuable services at this unique time.
Community collaboration is critical now more than ever, and Sinneave is committed to fostering collaboration that will help meet the needs of autistic youth and adults during these particularly challenging times.
Please stay connected – together, we are stronger.
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