18 years of philanthropy

JIF Foundation board members attended the new classroom dedication at the Wabasso School.

As we celebrate our 18th year of philanthropy, The John’s Island Foundation is thankful for the many generous donors who make it possible for us to achieve our mission of making grants for the capital needs of nonprofit agencies serving the disadvantaged in Indian River County.  Nine site review teams made up of 36 John’s Island members have already begun visiting agencies and evaluating our grant requests, so we are off and running!

One of our most heartwarming projects has been our recent support of the Wabasso School, a special education center serving students aged 5-22 that helps children and young adults reach their maximum potential for independent living and academic achievement.  In 2016, we provided funds for Wabasso to purchase ipads with communication applications enabling non-verbal students to communicate during class time and outside school. In 2017, we were delighted to fund the renovation of a classroom that now successfully functions as a model house, designed to prepare the students for independent living – complete with a working kitchen, laundry, bathroom, bedroom and living room.  Several JI Foundation board members recently attended the dedication of this new space, where we were treated to a delicious breakfast prepared and served by the students as well as a student-guided tour of the new classroom.  We were thrilled to see first-hand how we are making such a difference in the lives of these children!

We could not serve our community without your support…thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Annual Donor Reception
All current donors are invited to our Annual Donor Reception, Monday January 29
th, at 6pm in the Golf Club.  The reception is totally underwritten by our generous sponsors: The Hill Group, John’s Island Real Estate, The Law Offices of John E. Moore III, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Audi of Melbourne, Northern Trust and Vero Insurance. 

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