Walmart representatives today presented four central Ohio nonprofit organizations grants totaling $125,000 on behalf of the Walmart Foundation during a ceremony at LifeTown Columbus.
One local agency was chosen.
Canine Companions for Independence received $25,000 to support its mission to place assistance dogs with people with disabilities living in Ohio providing them greater independence and self-esteem.
The grants were made possible through the Foundation’s State Giving Council which will be awarding a total of $360,000 to 12 organizations across Ohio to support their efforts to help families, children and individuals with disabilities.
“We are thrilled to partner with the Walmart Foundation to bring the gift of independence to people living with disabilities in Ohio,” said Megan Koester, Executive Director of Canine Companions for Independence’s North Central Region.
“Our dogs enhance the lives of people with disabilities while providing opportunities for them to engage in their local communities. We cannot thank the Walmart Foundation enough for their generous support.”
The other central Ohio organizations that received grants:
• LifeTown Columbus received a $40,000 grant to assist students with disabilities in developing life, social and pre-employment skills necessary to transition into adult independency.
• CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence received $35,000 to help provide healthy meals at its safe haven shelter for local domestic violence victims and their children.
• Community Shelter Board was awarded a $25,000 grant to feed families experiencing homelessness in Columbus and Franklin County at its new family shelter the Van Buren Center.
“At Walmart and the Walmart Foundation, we understand that organizations such as the four recognized today are essential to building stronger communities. They share our values and are committed to helping families and individuals in need to live better,” said Walmart Market Manager Billy Link.
To be considered for support through the State Giving Program, perspective grantee organizations must submit applications through the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program’s online grant application. Applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to meet the program’s minimum eligibility criteria.
Additional information about the program’s funding guidelines and application process are available online at www.walmartfoundation.org/stategiving.