The board of trustees of Quantum Foundation, under the leadership of Mrs. Donna Mulholland, chair, recently approved nine new grants totaling $887,500 to health-related nonprofits based throughout Palm Beach County.
Quantum Foundation’s mission is to fund initiatives that improve the overall health of people living in Palm Beach County. In its 20th year of community investment, the foundation has assets of approximately $150 million and since its inception has awarded $130 million to hundreds of local nonprofit grantees. Every dollar the foundation grants stays in the county to benefit local communities.
Of the nine grants awarded this cycle, Quantum Foundation has allocated $30,000 to the Florida Outreach Center for the Blind (FOCB) for their work in health education for blind and visually impaired people. The organization, based in Palm Springs, has provided services throughout Palm Beach County since 2003. Currently, 33,409 people have severe vision impairments in Palm Beach County, and 25% of those are living below the poverty level.
FOCB offers training and support at no cost to those with low vision through courses in independent living, mobility and orientation, Braille, assistive computers and technology as well as support groups and social gatherings. Courses are all one-on-one and are offered in English, Spanish, French and Creole.
“We believe in funding programs focusing on ‘whole health’ and the wellness of the community,” said Eric Kelly, president of Quantum Foundation. “The Florida Outreach Center for the Blind is an agent of change. Organizations like this are a great match for our vision to improve the quality of life of people living in Palm Beach County. We are pleased to fund this program to make our community a better place to live.”
This funding, which will support operations over the period of 12 months, will provide 190 people with services to acquire the skills and support to adapt to their vision loss, preserve their personal safety and health and maintain their independence.
“At the Florida Outreach Center for the Blind, we know that blindness is not the characteristic that defines individuals who are visually impaired,” said Carolyn Lapp, executive director for FOCB. “We want to raise the expectations of blind people, so they can reach their dreams. We believe it is respectable to be blind and with the proper tools, training and opportunities, a blind person can live a full and productive life. This generous grant from Quantum Foundation will allow us to continue providing training and support services to the blind and visually-impaired residents of Palm Beach County and we are so grateful for their support.”
Other grants approved in the recent Quantum Foundation grant cycle include:
- Community Health Center of West Palm Beach (West Palm Beach): $200,000
- This grant will allow the organization to continue to provide non-emergency medical and eye care to those who do not have access to healthcare services and assist them in establishing consistent care through conventional healthcare systems to promote a healthy body, mind and spirit.
- George Snow Scholarship Fund (Boca Raton): $200,000
- The Health Professions Scholarship Initiative provides scholarship and direct scholar support services to students from low-income families who are committed to a career in healthcare. This program targets low-income graduating seniors who are participating in either the Palm Beach County School District High School Medical Academies or the Florida Atlantic University College of Medicine Health Careers Outreach Program and plan to pursue post-secondary education in the medical field in Palm Beach County.
- Adopt-A-Family (Lake Worth): $100,000
- The On-Site Mental Health Program offers highly accessible therapeutic services to adults and children. The On-Site Mental Health therapist meets clients within walking distance of their home and services are available outside business hours without age, insurance or financial requirements.
- Clinics Can Help (West Palm Beach): $90,000
- CCH provides surplus medical equipment to children and adults in financial need in Palm Beach County. The organization is set to assist more than 2,500 clients a year by providing over $1 million worth of medical equipment and supplies annually.
- 211 HelpLine (Lantana): $90,000
- The organization’s Elder Crisis Outreach program assists vulnerable elders in their time of need. The program helps with financial, medical, mental health and housing issues with short-term case management through counseling, suicide evaluation, service referrals, linkage to services and screening/enrollment support for basic needs and healthcare benefits.
- Mental Health Association (West Palm Beach): $87,500
- Peer Academy will be a new program that will allow peers (people with personal experience with behavioral health issues) become certified in providing care and support to others facing similar health issues. The peers will be able to complete their training, practice hours and testing at Peer Academy while providing services to those with behavioral illness.
- Community Partners (Riviera Beach): $50,000
- Grant funding will allow Community Partners to continue their focused workforce training and development program called ‘The Academy.’ The Academy is a training protocol that increases new-to-the-field and Master’s-level student intern mental health practitioners’ competence through increased engagement skills, clinical knowledge, and ability to manage key performance indicators. The program is intended to decrease turnover in the field.
- Mission Clinic (Palm Springs): $40,000
- Mission Clinic is a free clinic that provides medical care to Palm Beach County residents who fall below 200% of the poverty level. Mission Clinic is located in a census county division that has the highest rate of uninsured in the county at 32.8%.
For information about Quantum Foundation or to learn about applying for grants, please visit http://www.quantumfnd.org/ or call 561-832-7497.