Grants help fund summer activities for all participants

Thanks to the generosity of The Maria Grazia Panaro Foundation, the Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust, and Wireless Zone, Eden students and adult participants can enjoy fun in the sun regardless of their financial ability. These generous grantors donated a total of $20,000 to ensure that individuals who attend Eden’s programs and have limited funding are able to attend activities and excursions through our new Recreation and Leisure Fund.

“Recreation and leisure activities are as important for individuals with autism as they are for typical children and adults…maybe more important,” said Melinda Gorny McAleer, Chief Development Officer. “We are moved by the generosity of these three organizations who are helping to make especially meaningful differences in the lives of the individuals Eden supports.”

Eden Autism Services provides a wide range of year-round activities for the children and adults enrolled in its programs, including summer camp-like experiences and vacations, excursions to sites like the Philadelphia Zoo, Baltimore Aquarium, bowling alleys, and water parks. Unfortunately, funding does not cover many of these activities. While many parents or adults are able to pay out-of-pocket to participate in these special opportunities, other families and individuals cannot afford the cost.

The Recreation and Leisure Fund will cover fees and related expenses for Eden participants and their staff. This includes the Eden summer residential program for students located at a camp in Hunterdon County, summer vacation for adults, and other outings and trips for individuals who qualify.