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This document is dated December 14, 2010. It may not be accurate after such date and LNC does not undertake to update or keep it accurate after such date.
   
 

Lincoln Financial Foundation Grants Support Human Services
Focus on Disadvantaged Individuals and Families in Crisis

Fort Wayne, IN, December 14, 2010 — Lincoln Financial Foundation grants are helping local Fort Wayne nonprofit agencies help individuals with disabilities, families struggling with caregiver responsibilities, and families vulnerable to homelessness, domestic violence and substance abuse. Among the grant recipients, Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home (VNHH) has received $45,000 to continue funding its Financial Assistance Program for Hospice and Palliative Care.

With this help from Lincoln Foundation, VNHH will provide the cost of caregiver support, equipment, supplies, social workers and chaplains to ease the financial burden on patients and their families who qualify for the program. The assistance from VNHH allows families and caregivers who otherwise could not afford such help to spend valuable time with their loved ones in their final days. Without this aid, patients' family members often quit working to become full-time caregivers, which cuts off necessary income and health benefits.

The award to VNHH is part of $664,400 in human services grants that the Lincoln Foundation recently made to 23 Fort Wayne nonprofits.

Other human services grants awarded include:

  • $100,000 to Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana for the Healthy Families Initiative, which includes the Farm Wagon, Community Cupboard, Crisis Assistance and Holiday Food programs.
  • $75,000 to YWCA Northeast Indiana for Domestic Violence Services, which provide crisis sheltering, outreach services, education and supportive services for victims of domestic violence.
  • $49,000 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.
  • $43,000 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.
  • $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 2011.
  • $35,000 to Easter Seals ARC of Northeast Indiana to support the Adult Day Center Program, which teaches daily living skills and social skills designed to enhance the quality of life for low-functioning adults with severe disabilities who cannot live independently.
  • $30,000 to Community Transportation Network to fund medical transportation services for low-income seniors and people with disabilities.
  • $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 League for the Blind and Disabled to support the Information and Referral Program that helps people with severe disabilities and the community at large access disability information and referral assistance.
  • $30,000 to SCAN for Family Restoration Programs that help court-referred families establish stability and learn how to end the cycle of violence in their lives.
  • $25,000 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.
  • $25,000 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.
  • $23,000 to Hope House for intensive case management and supportive services to assist homeless, chemically dependent women in recovery.
  • $19,400 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 Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Fort Wayne to provide emergency shelter, meals and case management services for homeless families.
  • $15,000 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.
  • $14,000 to Homebound Meals to provide client subsidies for individuals who cannot afford to pay for meals, as well as gas reimbursement for the volunteer drivers.
  • $12,000 to Children's Hope to support the pediatric hospitality house for families caring for hospitalized children.
  • $10,000 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.
  • $10,000 to Mustard Seed Furniture Bank of Fort Wayne for furniture and household items to families who are suffering through homelessness, divorce, abuse, health problems, poverty or have suffered a catastrophic loss due to a fire or natural disaster.
  • $10,000 to Volunteer Lawyer Program of Northeast Indiana to provide trained volunteer guardians for seniors and incapacitated adults and legal advice to low-income individuals and families in need of services.
  • $5,000 to Child Advocacy Center of Allen County to support forensic interviews for children suspected of having been sexually abused.

About Lincoln Financial Group
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 more than $2.6 million to support nonprofits in the greater Fort Wayne area in 2009. Since 1962, the Lincoln Foundation has contributed nearly $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 $150 billion as of September 30, 2010. Through its affiliated companies, Lincoln Financial Group offers: annuities; life, group life and disability insurance; 401(k) and 403(b) plans; savings plans; and comprehensive financial planning and advisory services. 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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