Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia Awards $5000 Grant to FODAC

Funds Will Be Used to   Purchase Pediatric Home Medical Equipment

Stone   Mountain GA – (9 June 2015) – The   Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia  (CFNEG) this week   announced the award of $160,217 in grants to 33 Georgia non-profit organizations,   including a $5,000 grant to Friends   of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC), a non-profit organization   providing over $10 million annually in home medical equipment (HME) and   supplies to the disabled community. The funds will support FODAC’s pediatric   home medical equipment  (HME) program.“Meeting the needs of a mobility-impaired child can seem overwhelming to the   parent or caregiver of that child,” stated Chris Brand, president and CEO of   FODAC. “The quantity and cost is compounded by having to constantly upgrade   that equipment as the child grows and needs change. We are grateful to the   Community Foundation for this grant that will support our pediatric HME   program and help these children engage more fully in home, school and   community life.”

Children with mobility impairments need suitably sized wheelchairs,   powerchairs and walkers, but also specialized equipment such as rollers and   gait trainers to aid in the development of motor function and balance.   Standers and adaptive tricycles provide much-needed freedom of mobility;   patient lifts and bath supports assist caregivers in daily tasks. These   pediatric mobility units come in a variety of sizes, and need to be upgraded   as the child grows.

CFNEG awarded the 33 grants as part of the Foundation’s 30th Anniversary   celebration. The Foundation’s annual discretionary grant disbursements are   gifted to help non-profit organizations further key projects, programs or   community initiatives. Additionally, FODAC’s grant was one of six awards   issued as challenge grants, which allows those agencies the opportunity to   leverage their grants with other giving to double their fundraising efforts   via a dollar-for-dollar match.

“As part of the grant application each agency was asked if their   project lent itself to a challenge opportunity,” explained Randy Redner,   CFNEG executive director. “Those projects we felt best fit were given this   opportunity. Challenge grants are very impactful as they motivate   organizations to seek out new support and enable them to show their donors a   greater return on investment.”

FODAC has always maintained a low overhead, leveraging tactics like   recycling, a thrift store and a large volunteer staff to lower overhead   costs. Every dollar that goes into FODAC can be turned into $10 worth of HME.   In 2014, FODAC was named to Charities   Under 5% Overhead, an organization of charities that have operating   overhead of five percent or less.

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About   FODAC
Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC) helps people with injuries   and disabilities of all ages regain their mobility, independence and quality   of life. The non-profit organization provides more than $10 million annually   in refurbished home medical equipment (HME) and home modifications in Georgia   and across the United States, all at little or no cost to the recipients. A   pioneer in re-use, FODAC keeps 200 tons of materials out of landfills each   year by refurbishing and reissuing over 400 HME items every month, and is   recognized nationally for best practices. In 2014, FODAC was named to   Charities Under 5% Overhead, an organization of charities that have operating   overhead of five percent or less.In 2013, Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) appointed FODAC to serve   as the statewide distributor of HME and assistive technology in the event of   a large population-affecting emergency situation. In this role, FODAC will   warehouse the HME and other equipment, then, working with GEMA and the American   Red Cross (ARC) of Georgia, will coordinate the delivery and distribution to   emergency shelters around the state.

For more information on FODAC and its programs, visit www.fodac.org.

About   CFNEG
The Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia was founded in 1985 by a group   of community-minded citizens to receive and disburse charitable funds for an   improved quality of life across northeast Georgia. The Foundation focuses on   serving the needs of 10 counties – Gwinnett, Barrow, North Fulton, Forsyth,   Clarke, Jackson, Madison, Greene, Oconee and Walton. CFNEG manages funds held   in trust, donated by individuals, organizations and businesses. Over the past   30 years the Foundation has given over $56 million back to the community. The   Foundation will celebrate its 30th anniversary later this summer on August   22nd at the Gwinnett Center.  To learn more about the work of the   Foundation, visit http://www.cfneg.org

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