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Park Lawn gets $2,500 grant

Park Lawn, an Oak Lawn-based nonprofit that provides services to developmentally disabled individuals, has been awarded a $2,500 grant from the Community Giving Fund, which is celebrating its second year of community giving by awarding grants to nonprofits nationwide.

ProSight Specialty Insurance and Tangram Insurance Services established the Community Giving Fund in 2012 to enable both insurance companies, in partnership with their agents, to provide additional support to nonprofits to further their missions.

Park Lawn was one of 97 organizations selected to receive funding.

“Park Lawn truly appreciates the generous support of the Community Giving Fund and the community-minded initiative of ProSight Specialty Insurance and Tangram Insurance Services,” Park Lawn executive director Jim Weise said in a press release. “These funds will support Park Lawn’s Building Bridges to the Future Program to assist individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families transition from special education to a full range of individualized adult living services that will continue to benefit them throughout their lives.”

Park Lawn’s mission is to provide services that promote independence, choice and access to community living for people with developmental disabilities. Founded in 1955 by a small group of parents who recognized the untapped potential in their children, these parents were determined to provide opportunities to help their children lead active and productive lives, according to the organization. Today, Park Lawn provides adult developmental training, vocational services, supported employment, residential opportunities and recreational activities, the release said.

Community Giving Fund grants will support a wide array of unique programs and services directly impacting their communities with funding awarded to nonprofits that demonstrated an immediate and specific need, the release said. For a complete list of recipients, visit www.ProsightSpecialty.com/CommunityGivingFund.

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