Foundation Awarded $41,804 Grant

The Kettering Parks Foundation (KPF) was awarded a $41,804 grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Specialized Transportation Program for Elderly and Persons with Disabilities. The grant will be used to purchase a new wheelchair accessible vehicle for the Charles I. Lathrem Senior Center’s (CIL) Senior Transportation Program. The new van, which is to be purchased in early 2009, is expected to make more than 3,000 trips next year and will replace an existing non-accessible vehicle.

In 2007, the Senior Transportation Program provided transportation to nearly 500 seniors to essential appointments such as: medical, grocery shopping, banking, pharmacies, visits to family in nursing homes and hospitals. Using wheelchair accessible
buses and cars operated by paid staff and trained volunteers, the program provides safe and reliable transportation to aide in maintaining the health and independence of area seniors. The wheelchair accessible buses are also used to transport individuals with disabilities involved in the Kettering Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department (PRCA) programs.

The KPF provides funding for special programs and projects of the PRCA Department. Through funds raised from community donations, special events, grants and corporate contributions, the KPF is able to provide much needed support to ensure that Kettering
residents have beautiful parks and enriching recreational opportunities. The KPF strives to be a sustainable non-profit foundation inspiring philanthropy and a passion for the parks and recreational resources in Kettering. They are committed to ensuring that individuals, organizations and corporate leaders see the value of bridging the gap between identified needs and available public funds for Kettering parks, programs and facilities.

For more information call (937) 296-2454.