Community Foundation Awards $42,705 in Grants for the Hearing and Visually Impaired

March 25, 2013 (Syracuse, NY) – The Central New York Community Foundation awarded $42,705 in grants to three charitable organizations for projects that serve the hearing- and visually- impaired.

Arc of Onondaga received $17,000 to improve the acoustic conditions in five classrooms at Parkside Children’s Center. The upgrades will provide an enhanced learning environment for children with hearing impairments.

Aurora of Central New York, Inc. received $11,405 to support the continuation of its low-cost hearing aid program for children with auditory impairments. Funding will allow the program to provide up to 15 hearing aids.

Syracuse University School of Education received $14,300 to support a physical activity program for children with visual impairments in Central New York. This program will work in partnership with the Syracuse City School District to enhance the frequency and quality of physical activity for these children and involve their families by offering workshops on ways to maximize recreational and sport opportunities.

These grants were awarded by the following field-of-interest funds, administered by the Community Foundation: J. Henry & Martha E. Deboer Fund, J. Daniel and Diane Pluff Fund, and Dorothy R. Shoudy Memorial Hearing Impaired Fund.

Established in 1927, the Central New York Community Foundation encourages local philanthropy by supporting the growth of a permanent charitable endowment for the betterment of the region.  The Community Foundation is the largest charitable foundation in the region with assets of more than $130 million. It awards close to $6.7 million in grants to nonprofit organizations annually and has invested more than $100 million in the community since its inception. The Community Foundation serves as the steward of charitable legacies for individuals, families and corporations through the administration of nearly 600 funds. The organization also serves as a civic leader, convener and sponsor of special initiatives designed to strengthen nonprofits that address the region’s most pressing challenges. For more information, visit

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