Today, the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation announced that $10,000 is being awarded to EnCompass: Resources for Learning, Inc. to bring joy to kids in the greater Rochester area, solidifying the Foundation’s commitment to bringing the simple joys of childhood to kids battling hunger or illness. With this grant, EnCompass will provide free, year-round programming to eliminate food insecurity for 2,400 students and families in Rochester.
EnCompass: Resources for Learning was developed in 2004 by parents, educators and community leaders to address challenges Rochester students face. Today, EnCompass serves 2,400 students and their families within an innovative, holistic, cradle-to-career pathway of academic and wraparound services. EnCompass’s whole-family and whole-child concept sets students on paths to academic achievement, graduation and lifelong success.
“We are thrilled to be able to provide grants to amazing nonprofits that share the same vision of the Joy in Childhood Foundation: to bring joy to kids where they need it most,” said Dunkin’ Field Marketing Manager Levi Pascher. “The Dunkin’ franchisees are committed to giving back to the communities we serve, and it is an honor to be able to support children at EnCompass and make their days a little brighter.”
Grant funding from the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation will help charities expand their impact. Nationally, these grants will fuel a variety of programs for kids battling hunger including weekend backpack programs, mobile and school pantry programs, as well as after school meals so that kids have access to food outside of school. Funds will also support programming for kids battling illness including specialized camps, sensory rooms, and art and music therapy, among other initiatives. These programs provide joyful experiences and environments for pediatric patients and their families.
These grants are part of a commitment by the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation, Dunkin’ and its franchisees to bring the simple joys of childhood to kids facing hunger or illness. Since its inception in 2006, the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation has granted more than $45 million to national and local nonprofits.