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The Arc of Somerset County awarded $15,000 grant from the Toys"R"Us Children's Fund

The Arc of Somerset County awarded $15,000 grant from the Toys"R"Us Children's Fund

The Arc of Somerset County has been awarded a $15,000 grant from the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund through its 2011 New Jersey grant initiative. The one-time grants were given by the Fund to alleviate economic challenges and sustain organizations that favorably impact children across New Jersey. The Arc of Somerset County was one of 54 organizations selected from a pool of more than 500 proposals from charities requesting funding from across the state.

“A subsidized tuition program for therapeutic groups and childcare allows families that do not have the financial resources to pay for these services and ensures that their children with developmental disabilities/delays are receiving the necessary support and services to encourage optimal growth and development,” said Executive Director Lauren Panarella.

The Arc of Somerset County has been providing programs and services for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities for nearly forty years. The agency now serves more than 250 children and their families through early intervention, developmental daycare, family support programs, and various therapeutic and respite groups at the Jerry Davis Center for Children and Families in Manville, New Jersey.

“Of the many proposals we received, The Arc of Somerset County demonstrated a distinctive commitment to supporting children in New Jersey,” said Kathleen Waugh, Chairman, Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund. “With additional support from the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund this year, we hope that the impact of its meaningful work will be even greater to further our collective efforts in our state to keep kids safe and help them in times of need.”

Grants will support a wide array of unique programs and services aligned with the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund mission of keeping children safe and helping them in times of need. Funding was awarded to nonprofit organizations that demonstrated an immediate and specific need and directly impacted children in the state. Kids in each of New Jersey’s 21 counties will benefit from the impact of the grant initiative through community-based and statewide charities. The $15,000 grant for The Arc of Somerset County was earmarked to support the Jerry Davis Center for Children and Families Subsidized Tuition Program. The funding will be used to provide need-based subsidized tuition for daycare and therapeutic groups for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Somerset County. To view the complete list of recipients, please visit: Toysrusinc.com/charitable-giving/2011NJGrants

Toys“R”Us, Inc. has a long history of giving back to the communities it serves by keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. The company and the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund together have given hundreds of thousands of dollars in product donations and monetary grants annually to a wide range of nonprofit organizations in New Jersey. For 38 years, Toys“R”Us, Inc. has been based in New Jersey with more than 4,500 employees across more than 45 stores, regional offices, the corporate headquarters and the company’s largest retail distribution center in the country. For more information about Toys“R”Us, Inc. charitable giving and the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund, please visit Toysrusinc.com/charitable-giving.