Friday, March 13, 2015

Good News Friday!

The Virginia W. Hill Foundation recently awarded Imagine! a $10,000 grant for Community Calendar Activities for kids enrolled in Imagine!’s Dayspring program. This is the Foundation's fourth grant to Imagine! in as many years, bringing the total to $28,000.

The Virginia W. Hill Foundation, managed by Wells Fargo, was established by the late Virginia Hill, a noted Denver philanthropist. Mrs. Hill was known in her lifetime for her charitable giving to better the lives of people living in the American West. She was, for example, a major donor in the early 1960's to the restoration of Ft. Laramie. In recent years, Mrs. Hill's Foundation has contributed significantly to improving the health—especially the mental health—of people living in the Denver Metropolitan area.

Imagine!’s Dayspring Educational and Therapeutic Services offer occupational, physical, and speech/language therapies to babies and toddlers with developmental delays and disabilities in their homes.

Dayspring’s Community Calendar Activities (CCA) program – now in its 15th year – is a valuable expansion of the early intervention therapies provided by the division. CCA brings children aged birth to three with developmental delays into a variety of recreational, educational, and fitness activities, free of charge. Dayspring’s Pediatric Occupational Therapist, Early Childhood Special Educator, Speech Therapist, and/or Mental Health Therapist work with the children and their parents to encourage motor, sensory, social/emotional, cognitive, and/or speech/language development.

CCA helps parents overcome the emotional and financial obstacles that might prevent them from accessing the variety of environments and activities so important to their children’s development during this crucial time. In addition, it provides important opportunities for parents to meet, interact with, and support one another.

This very special program is completely funded with donations -- from individuals, foundations, and local service organizations, which is why we are so thankful to the Virginia Hill Foundation and all of the supporters of CCA.

Below are some scenes from CCA’s “Messy Play Day,” an annual favorite featuring sensory fun for the entire family.

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