Parks Foundation Accepts $10,000 to Fund Enrichment Programs for Low-Income Children
Lincoln, NE - State Farm will present a $10,000 grant to the Lincoln Parks Foundation Monday to help local children take part in enrichment programs such as swimming lessons, day camps, sports programs and other recreational activities they might not otherwise be able to afford.
Please join us at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 17, at the Kids Day Off Program at Belmont Recreation Center, 1234 Judson St., where Lincoln Parks & Recreation representatives and Lincoln Parks Foundation representatives will accept the State Farm grant. Excellent photo opportunity.
The Parker Pals Scholarship Program provides financial support to help economically disadvantaged families enroll their children in programming offered through the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department. Almost 1, 900 children utilized this program in 2010. For example, 382 children were able to access swimming lessons, 17 children were able to join swim/dive league, 1,064 children utilized free or reduced fee pool admissions, 5 children utilized scholarships for summer, day or after school programs at the Rec Centers, and 460 kids and adults were able to participate in the developmental play program at Ager Indoor Play Center. Belmont’s Before/After School & Kids Day Off programs are among the many opportunities for Lincoln children supported in part by Parker Pals scholarships.
“State Farm actively supports efforts to give children access to activities that will help them achieve their greatest potential,” said Vice President of Operations Dean Van Loon. “Helping Lincoln’s school age children take part in programs where they will thrive ultimately builds a more vibrant community.”
“Participation in quality programming such as that offered by the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department helps young people develop mentally and physically and achieve greater success at school and at home,” said Liz Lange, Board President of the Lincoln Parks Foundation.
“We are grateful to State Farm and its employees for this significant donation. This donation will ensure many more Lincoln families can access quality before and after school programs during tough economic times. We have received countless reports that many families would not otherwise be able to use these programs without these scholarship funds which make a real difference in many Lincoln kids lives,” said Lynn Johnson, Director Lincoln Parks & Recreation Department.
Ann Avery, Lincoln Operations Center, State Farm Insurance, (402) 327-4551.
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Established in 1992, the Lincoln Parks Foundation secures and manages time, treasure, and talent resources for the betterment of Lincoln's parks and recreation facilities and programs. As a private 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization we work in partnership with the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department. Successful campaigns include the $1.7 million Sunken Gardens Renovation, $350,000 Hamann Rose Garden Renovation, $4.75 million Union Plaza campaign and other land acquisitions and program support. For more information please visit www.lincolnparks.org