Howard Young Foundation Donates $5,000 to People First Wisconsin

January 6, 2009

The Howard Young Foundation recently presented a laptop and in-focus machine, totaling $5,000, to People First Wisconsin.

People First Wisconsin is a statewide self-advocacy organization for people with disabilities that are dedicated to enabling people with disabilities to have their voices heard. With the donation of the laptop and in-focus machine, People First Wisconsin can utilize self-advocates that live and work in the community to meet with guardians and parents who are afraid of their son or daughter moving out of an institution or moving out of their elderly parents home.

“This laptop from the Howard Young Foundation will help us in our outreach efforts to educate people in northern Wisconsin, through PowerPoint presentations, on the rights of challenged individuals, and how they can speak out for themselves and be heard,” said Lisa Gilson, People First Wisconsin President.

“The Howard Young Foundation is pleased to fund this request, as we know it will help individuals and local self-advocacy groups get to know each other, learn from each other, and work together to better assist people with disabilities to learn about their options and rights,” said John Lund, Howard Young Foundation Executive Director.

People First Wisconsin is a membership organization that is run by regional representatives who make up the board of directors, that works to share information about the organization with local members and groups, and to bring the views of local members and groups to the organization locally.

The Howard Young Foundation, Inc. is a philanthropic, not for profit, corporation. Established in 1985, the sole purpose of the Foundation is to actively build and sustain support for the health and wellness initiatives of the communities served by Howard Young Medical Center, Eagle River Memorial Hospital and Dr. Kate Home Health and Hospice.

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