Special Needs

Foundations: Remember Special Education in Your COVID and Post-COVID Investments


To help U.S. philanthropy understand how to best deploy COVID response efforts that are inclusive of students requiring accommodations in public education, FSG sought counsel from leaders of three organizations that work to ensure equitable access for special education students: Lindsay Jones of the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD); Lauren Morando Rhim of the National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools (NCSECS); and Heather Graham of Oak Foundation.

Four key themes emerged from the interviews:

SunTrust Foundation Awards $556,000 Grant to Autism Speaks

Funding supports financial wellness for the autism and special needs communities
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NEW YORK. April 16, 2019 /3BL Media/ – The SunTrust Foundation today announced a two-year grant of $556,000 to Autism Speaks, expanding upon its partnership to promote financial well-being among families impacted by autism and other disabilities.

Since 2016, the partnership has identified the enormous need of the autism and disability communities to access financial planning information. By the conclusion of 2018, the SunTrust Foundation provided support enabling Autism Speaks to:

Saying Goodbye to Marla

Popular worker with Down syndrome leaves Lake Grove Albertsons after 23 years

Originally posted on Lake Oswego Review

By Corey Buchanan

Albertsons hosted the party for Marla, a Lake Oswego resident with Down syndrome who has worked at the store for 23 years and become a beloved member of the community.

"All the customers know her," Dean said. "We're going to miss her. She's a part of the community. She went to school here in this neighborhood, worked here in this neighborhood. She's just very well known here."

K-O-H-L-E-R Spells Success for Special Needs Family

KOHLER product becomes a surprising learning tool for the son of Kohler associates.
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Adam Augustine makes a beeline through the Kohler Design Center to his favorite display where he delights in pressing each button to turn on the showerheads. It's not surprising that kids—and people of all ages actually—get a kick out of this hands-on interaction. However, it was unexpected that a KOHLER® product would help open a door to communication for this young boy.

A Heartwarming Story About Community, Wendy’s Style

Hugs, High Fives and a 10-piece Chicken Nugget, Size Large, with Ranch

Several times a week, someone gets a special shout-out at the Maine Mall Wendy’s in South Portland.  It’s when Ryan, a weekday regular, bursts through the doors with a hearty, “There’s Becky!”

Becky Watermilk has worked at this Wendy’s for almost three years. Ryan has been a customer for two. And while connecting with customers is trademark Becky, reaching out comes far less easily for Ryan.

Voya Financial Recognized by New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) at 225th Anniversary Celebration Honoring Companies Positively Impacting Society

Voya announces launch of Voya Cares program to help people with special needs, and caregivers, plan for the future they envision
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NEW YORK, May 17, 2017 /3BL Media/ – Voya Financial, Inc. (NYSE: VOYA), today participated in the NYSE’s 225th anniversary opening-bell celebration, which recognized a select group of NYSE-listed companies positively impacting the world.  The event was tied to the NYSE’s new campaign, “Ring True,” which celebrates NYSE’s vision for the future, and the roles that NYSE-listed companies have in changing the world.

Voya Financial: A Culture of Inclusion and Giving


As a Senior IT Release Manager for Voya Financial, Erin Andrews coordinates and manages the work of business analysts, developers, and quality assurance analysts from start to implementation to delivery of technical changes across a range of applications for the company. 

"As a Release Manager, you're essentially driving a large group of people to acommplish one goal by crossing everything off your list, -from big ticket items to minutia- in a prioritzed, coordinated manner," says Andrews. 

CITGO Contributes Volunteer Support to Camp Aranzazu in its Fifth Annual Care Day

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, July 12, 2016 /3BL Media/ – Volunteers from CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery will return to Camp Aranzazu in Rockport for a fifth year to assist with cleanup and other efforts on the camp’s Annual Camp Care Day. Camp Aranzazu serves children and adults with special needs and chronic illnesses through therapeutic recreation at its barrier-free facility. With more than 100 acres of land and only one full-time maintenance staff member, the camp relies heavily on volunteers.

CITGO Marks 18 Years as Presenting Sponsor of the Special Olympics of South Texas Spring Games

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, April 13, 2016 /3BL Media/ – CITGO Petroleum Corporation marked its 18th year as presenting sponsor of the Special Olympics Area 2 (South Texas) Spring Games on April 2. More than 600 athletes from 16 area counties convened at Flour Bluff High School in Corpus Christi to compete in the 33rd annual Spring Games. Volunteers from the CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery were on hand to help escort teams during opening ceremonies, run track and field events, serve as timekeepers, park cars, and congratulate competitors.

KeyBank Provides $12 Million for Workforce and Affordable Housing Development in Niagara Falls, New York

Niagara City Lofts will provide workforce and affordable housing, benefit low-income veterans and special needs households
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February 29, 2016 /3BL Media/ -- Today, KeyBank announced it will provide a total of $12 million in capital to help develop the Niagara City Lofts in Niagara Falls, New York. The adaptive reuse project will convert an existing, abandoned public school, built in 1923 and vacant since 1986, into 61 units of workforce housing, affordable housing, market rate apartments, and a new commercial community space. The building has been submitted to the National Register of Historic Places for designation as a historic building.


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