Grant awards Work-Out Buddy Program
The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism awarded the Springfield JCC $12,960 to launch a work-out buddies program. The funds will be used to develop the program, train staff, recruit buddies (train them) and their special needs peers and partially outfit these teens and adults. The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation awards grants on an annual basis to non-profit organizations and schools that provide services, education and advocacy for children with autism spectrum disorder. The priorities of the foundation are to (1) assist financially disadvantaged families who need assistance in caring for their children with autism spectrum disorder (through nonprofit autism organizations), (2) fund education and advocacy for individuals with autism and (3) support therapeutic, recreational and social skills programs.
The Springfield JCC was one of 36 organizations that recieved a grant in 2012. The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation received 168 grant applicants for its 2012 cycle and stated that ”we received proposals from many exceptional organizations, making our decision a very difficult one”. The Springfield Jewish Community Center was one of 15 organizations in Massacusetts to receive this prestigious grant. The goal of the work-out buddy program is to foster physical fitness, friendships and a healthy lifestyle for persons with ASD.