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This document is dated January 6, 2010. It may not be accurate after such date and LNC does not undertake to update or keep it accurate after such date.
   
 

Disabled Kids Become Self-Reliant With Help from Lincoln Financial Foundation

26 Fort Wayne Nonprofits Receive Grants

FORT WAYNE, Ind., January 6, 2010 — Children with severe disabilities are receiving the tools and encouragement they need to become active members of society thanks to programming provided by the League for the Blind and Disabled and underwritten by Lincoln Financial Foundation. The League's Youth Services Program works with 150 local children through community involvement activities, educational advocacy support, and personal asset building activities.

"The Youth Services Program primarily serves young people from low-income families who aren't able to help pay for the services they receive," said David Nelson, president and chief executive officer of the League for the Blind and Disabled." Lincoln Financial Foundation is literally stepping in on behalf of these families to make sure their children get the help they need to be productive members of the community. Without Lincoln Foundation's support, these services wouldn't be there for the kids who need them the most."

According to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2004 American Community Survey, Allen County has the highest percentage of young people with disabilities in the country. The Youth Services Program, funded by a $45,000 Lincoln Foundation grant, will provide a range of activities that allow special needs children to integrate and interact with other children in community settings, will provide educational advocates for the children and their families to help them chart a successful course in school, and will create activities for parents and children that will help develop each child's skills.

"Our investment in these children today will pay dividends to them, their families, and our community in the future," said Jean Vrabel, the Lincoln Foundation's Fort Wayne program officer.

Other human service grants awarded include:

  • $108,905 to Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana for the Healthy Families Initiative which includes the Farm Wagon Program, Community Cupboard Program, Crisis Assistance Program, and Holiday Food Program.
  • $100,000 to YWCA of Fort Wayne for Domestic Violence Services that provide crisis sheltering, outreach services, education, and supportive services for victims of domestic violence.
  • $75,000 to Vincent Village for Vincent House Transitional Shelter which moves homeless families from emergency shelters to a level of self-sufficiency where families are able to maintain stable, permanent housing.
  • $70,000 to Easter Seals ARC of Northeast Indiana to support the Adult Day Center Program and the Raise the Roof project.
  • $49,000 to Allen County Council on Aging for in-home services for senior citizens including HandyChore, TeleCare, and Home Assistance programs.
  • $49,000 to Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana for the Client Advocate Program that helps cancer patients access community resources, support groups, medical equipment, transportation, and personal appearance items.
  • $45,000 to Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home to support the Charity Assistance Program that financially assists patients who need visiting nurse and hospice services but do not have insurance coverage or other financial resources to pay for them.
  • $40,000 to Community Transportation Network to fund medical transportation services for low-income seniors and people with disabilities.
  • $40,000 to SCAN for Family Restoration Services that help families referred by the courts establish stability and learn how to end the cycle of violence in their lives.
  • $39,000 to Fort Wayne Habitat for Humanity to support Energy Star, a program that increases the energy efficiency in 13 new homes to be built in 2010.
  • $35,000 to Community Action of Northeast Indiana for the Family Development Program, a family-focused general case management program that provides supportive services to help families in crisis.
  • $31,000 to Hope House for intensive case management and supportive services to assist homeless, chemically dependent women in recovery.
  • $30,000 to Erin's House for Grieving Children to fund age-appropriate peer support groups and programs for children, teens, and young adults who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or loved one.
  • $30,000 to Family & Children's Services to provide outpatient counseling for individuals who have behavioral health needs or who are at risk of involvement with alcohol or drugs, and their families.
  • $25,000 to Aging and In-Home Services for the Family Caregiver Program which provides counseling, support groups, caregiver training, information, assistance in accessing services, and respite care to families caring for older family members.
  • $25,000 to Whitington Homes & Services for Children and Families to provide housing, childcare, and training classes to young women and teen moms who are victims of abuse and neglect.
  • $23,400 to Cedars Hope for affordable, permanent supportive housing for women with mental illness.
  • $18,000 to Center for Nonviolence for nonviolence education programs for men, women, and youth.
  • $17,000 to Homebound Meals to provide client subsidies for individuals who cannot afford to pay for meals, and gas reimbursement for volunteer drivers.
  • $17,000 to Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Fort Wayne to provide emergency shelter, meals, and case management services for homeless families.
  • $15,000 to Children's Hope to support the pediatric hospitality house for families caring for hospitalized children.
  • $15,000 to Mustard Seed Furniture Bank of Fort Wayne for furniture and household items to families who are suffering through homelessness, divorce, abuse, health problems, or poverty or have suffered a catastrophic loss due to a fire or flood.
  • $15,000 to Volunteer Lawyer Program of Northeast Indiana to provide trained volunteer guardians for seniors and incapacitated adults.
  • $12,000 to Healthier Moms and Babies to improve the outcome of pregnancy and reduce infant mortality by providing health education and case management services to low-income, at-risk families.
  • $5,000 to Allen County CASA Coalition for the Court Appointed Special Advocate Volunteer Program that provides trained volunteers to help abused or neglected children.

About Lincoln Financial Foundation
The Lincoln Financial Foundation, established in 1962, is the charitable giving arm of Lincoln Financial Group. Under Lincoln Foundation guidelines, grants are made in the areas of arts, education, human services, and workforce/economic development. Lincoln Financial sets aside up to 2% of its pre-tax earnings for charitable causes that support philanthropic endeavors in the communities where its employees work. The Lincoln Foundation allocated $2.6 million to support nonprofits in the greater Fort Wayne area in 2009. Since 1962, the Lincoln Foundation has contributed more than $85 million to Fort Wayne nonprofits.

About Lincoln Financial Group
Lincoln Financial Group is the marketing name for Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC) and its affiliates. With headquarters in the Philadelphia region, the companies of Lincoln Financial Group had assets under management of $137 billion as of September 30, 2009. Through its affiliated companies, Lincoln Financial Group offers: annuities; life, group life and disability insurance; 401(k) and 403(b) plans; savings plans; mutual funds; managed accounts; institutional investments; and comprehensive financial planning and advisory services. Affiliates also include: Delaware Investments, the marketing name for Delaware Management Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries. For more information, including a copy of our most recent SEC reports containing our balance sheets, please visit www.LincolnFinancial.com.

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