CHRISTOPHER & DANA REEVE FOUNDATION GRANT RECEIVED

SPINA BIFIDA ASSOCIATION OF GREATER NEW ENGLAND RECEIVES
$19,500 QUALITY OF LIFE GRANT FROM CHRISTOPHER & DANA REEVE FOUNDATION FOR SOCIAL PROGRAMMING ADDRESSING ISOLATION

MILFORD, MA – FEBRUARY 8, 2021 – The Spina Bifida Association of Greater New England is proud to announce that it has been awarded $19,500 as part of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation National Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) 2020 COVID-19: Addressing Social Isolation Quality of Life grants. Eleven grants totaling $314,200 were awarded. The Quality of Life Grants Program supports nonprofit organizations that empower individuals living with paralysis. Since the Quality of Life Grants Program’s inception, more than 3,300 grants totaling over $32 million have been awarded. Funding for this new pilot program was made possible through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL grant #90PRRC0002-03-00).

The Reeve Foundation National Paralysis Resource Center has several grants under the Quality of Life program awarding grants in different category areas, varying in different amounts. The COVID-19: Addressing Social Isolation Quality of Life grants program funds one-year grants of up to $50,000 to nonprofits programs that address social isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic with the goal of enhancing connectedness of people living with paralysis and their caregivers to their communities and preventing adverse health outcomes.

“Much of the research indicates that social isolation has had the number one negative impact on the lives of people living with disabilities relative to the COVID-19 pandemic and shows that social isolation and loneliness are linked to many physical and mental health problems,” said Mark Bogosian, Director, Quality of Life Grants Program, Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. “The Reeve Foundation believes that this is a pioneering program and was impressed – if not downright awestruck – by the innovative and creative responses that these organizations presented in their awarded projects. These projects will truly make a considerable difference in the lives of people living with paralysis, their families, and their caretakers.”

The Spina Bifida Association of Greater New England will use the grant for social programming designed to maintain connections between members during the remainder of the COVID-19 pandemic. Programming will include a virtual fashion show, a month-long virtual wellness challenge, virtual valentines parties, weekly virtual hangouts, and partnerships with other disability support organizations committed to keeping people physically and mentally healthy.

It is a great honor for the Spina Bifida Association of Greater New England to receive this award. The programming supported by this grant will provide critical connections and establish new relationships across our membership at a time when in person gathering is impossible.

About the Reeve Foundation:

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research and improving the quality of life for individuals and families impacted by paralysis. By uniting the brightest minds in the field, we are working tirelessly to accelerate scientific discovery across the field of spinal cord research by investing in labs across the globe. Additionally, through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living, the Reeve Foundation’s national Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) promotes the health, well-being, and independence of people living with paralysis, providing comprehensive information, resources, and referral services assisting over 100,000 individuals and families since its launch in 2002. The Reeve Foundation is committed to elevating our community’s voices and needs to achieve greater representation and independence. We meet all 20 of the Better Business Bureau’s standards for charity accountability and hold the BBB’s Charity Seal. For more information, please visit our website at www.ChristopherReeve.org or call 800-225-0292.

About the Spina Bifida Association of Greater New England:

The Spina Bifida Association of Greater New England is a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to build a better and brighter future for all those impacted by Spina Bifida. Based in Massachusetts, we serve the Spina Bifida community in all 6 New England states. We provide social, educational, financial, and advocacy resources for our community

Contact
Jean Bertschmann
Executive Director
Spina Bifida Association of Greater New England
JBertschmann@SBAGreaterNE.org
888.479.1900
www.sbagreaterne.org

Rita Gentles
(973) 379-2690 ext. 7123
media@ChristopherReeve.org