WARWICK, RI — The Anthony F. Cordeiro Charitable Foundation has granted $5,000 to A Wish Come True in Warwick for gas vouchers and parking passes for families traveling to and from area hospitals and specialists.
Founded in 1982, A Wish Come True, 1010 Warwick Ave., is the oldest wish granting organization in RI and MA. Our Mission is to grant children suffering with a life threatening illness a magical wish. The organization began granting one wish, and now provide 30 a year. At first, wishes were often a “final wish.” Today, wishes are more of an opportunity to provide a needed break for the families, according to the non-profit’s website.
The spike in gas prices has added to the stress many families are under as they struggle to get their sick child to treatment each week, and sometimes daily. A Wish Come True has a hardship fund, but those payments are for bills, food and other living-related expenses and do not cover gas or parking. More than 105 gas vouchers and parking passes will be distributed to families through the Cordeiro Charitable Foundation grant .
The grant for A Wish Come True is one of three totaling $12,000 awarded to area nonprofits for activities supporting the organization’s mission and addressing unmet needs in Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Since its inception four years ago, the Foundation has awarded more than $190,000 to local nonprofit organizations.
The other two grants are for organizations in South Dartmouth and Fall River:
The Bridge: A Center for Hope and Healing (South Dartmouth) – $5,000 will help lower the barriers to mental health services and youth counseling by supporting social engagement and activities in at-risk neighborhoods. Funding will be used to purchase food for meetings and group counseling sessions to help combat food insecurity; provide personal healthcare and sanitation supplies, clothing, socks, personal hygiene items and transportation passes; and order program supplies for the sessions including but not limited to white boards, paper, pens, markers, journals, watercolor sets, crayons and other drawing supplies.
On Stage Theatrical Productions (Fall River) – $2,000 will support scholarships for its performing arts programming including dance, music, theater and drama. Students learn, grow and develop as a result of these programs and master the art of discipline and boost their self-esteem in the process.
The Foundation’s grants are awarded through individual donations and proceeds raised from its two signature events – an annual gala and golf tournament. The 17th annual Anthony F. Cordeiro Foundation Golf Classic will be held on Tuesday, August 30th at Lake of Isles Country Club at Foxwoods Resort in Connecticut.
“I want to personally thank our Founders’ Circle members, local business owners, friends and neighbors who continue to support our mission to help individuals and families in need of services that many of us take for granted like food, healthcare and shelter,” noted Anthony F. Cordeiro, Founder of the nonprofit organization.
The Foundation is now accepting grant applications for its second round of funding for 2022.
Applications from area nonprofit organizations in Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island whose programs align with The Cordeiro Foundation’s mission are invited to apply. Full guidelines and application materials can be downloaded here. Applications are due on or before December 31, 2022. Any pre-proposal questions can be directed to Melanie Cordeiro at [email protected]
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