SwedishAmerican Foundation Awards $75,000 to Local Not-For-Profit Organizations

SwedishAmerican, a division of UW Health is excited to announce it has awarded $75,000 in five grants to local not-for-profit organizations through its Foundation. The Foundation hosted a special news conference today at SwedishAmerican Hospital to announce the winners of its 2nd annual Caring for our Community Grant. SwedishAmerican is the only hospital in Rockford that awards community grants. Money to support this program is a portion of the income made on investments.

The Caring for our Community Grant was designed specifically for not-for-profit entities and organizations that serve the Rockford community or communities within the service area of SwedishAmerican. The Foundation asked that requests be made to support alleviating homelessness, hunger and un/under employment, improve wellness, expand early childhood development and improve offender rehabilitation/reintegration. Twenty-five grant applications were received and five grants were selected based on the profound effect the projects will have on Swedes’ neighborhood and community.

The grant winner list includes:
• $17,000 to Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity to support its Midtown Home Rehabilitation. The grant will allow for Habitat for Humanity to rehabilitate and sell an existing home in Rockford’s Midtown Neighborhood. This will enable Habitat for Humanity to make a significant, long-term investment in Midtown while giving a family the opportunity to earn a healthier, more secure place to call home. 

• $16,000 to Youth Services Network to support its Parenthood Promise program that provides family support in nine life domains: physical need and living environment, socialization, legal, education and vocation, family attachment, psychological and emotional, cultural and spiritually. The program ultimately focuses on high school graduation rates and school attendance as well as other life domains.

• $15,000 to Stateline Youth for Christ to support its Juvenile Justice Ministry (JJM) program which focuses on mentoring, life skills training and activity based programming to at-risk youth within the juvenile detention center as well as upon re-entry. The program will feature a full-time Ministry Director and volunteers to help bring hope, help and restoration to make the Stateline area a stronger and safer community.

• $15,000 to The Salvation Army of Winnebago County to support “Shirley’s Place.” Located at 3201 Gilbert Avenue in Rockford, the program provides transitional housing and supportive services for at-risk individuals in the community. In addition, it supports women with a criminal history in Winnebago County who are in recovery from alcohol and drugs.

• $12,000 to Mosaic for its durable medical equipment (DME) distribution program. The DME program fulfills dozens of request every year for people in need in our community by providing walker to canes, wheelchairs to shower chairs, hospital beds, portable ramps and more.

“The SwedishAmerican Foundation is honored to provide $75,000 worth of grants to some of the most generous and caring organizations in our community,” said SwedishAmerican Foundation Director Laura Wilkinson. “There are so many local groups doing great things and truly making a difference. This is one way SwedishAmerican can give back and help support their endeavors to help make the Rockford area a better place to live, work and play.”

SwedishAmerican Foundation’s next grant cycle will take place in March 2019. For more information about grant winners and how to donate to the SwedishAmerican Foundation, please visit www.swedishamericanfoundation.org or call (779) 696-2496.