GRANTS GIVEN TO TWO MISSOURI NONPROFITS THATS SHARE OUR MISSION
This past year, the MO Better Foundation team has been meeting with organizations throughout Missouri that share our mission to make life "more better" for individuals living with physical disabilities. MO Better Foundation provides funds to Missourians living with disabilities to aid in purchasing items to assist in daily living - particularly items related to technology, transportation, recreation, home modification and mobility.
To that end, we've had several follow-up meetings and conversations with two organizations in particular, Paraquad in St. Louis, MO and Ability KC in Kansas City, MO. Both organizations -- and their leadership teams -- are VERY impressive and align themselves perfectly with what we are trying to achieve. Together, they serve thousands of adults and children on both sides of the state each year.
In November, MO Better Foundation presented checks to both organizations to help them grow the following programs. The checks come with a pledge to fund the programs for additional year (or longer).
Paraquad's "Ramp Up for Accessibility" Project, an annual ramp building and modification project which includes the building of exterior wheelchair ramps and interior home modifications to increase accessibility, independence and safety. Annually, the project includes 15-20 project sites, and it benefits the families that live in those homes.
Ability KC's "Adaptive Gaming" Program, a unique program aimed at using the positive impact of video games to bring people together and improve the quality of life through rehabilitation and leisure activities. The program has three components:
~ utilize adaptive gaming activities as a therapeutic method and access to leisure.
~ adapt video gaming methods to pursue or resume a leisure interest
~ create an opportunity to experience adaptive gaming and broaden social community for individuals with disabilities