SUNAPEE, NH - The Illinois-based Forest Preserve Friends Foundation has won the July All Terrain Cares Grant Campaign for its Homer Lake Playscape Project and will receive a $1,000 grant from All Terrain to be used to build a natural playscape designed for children to play on while connecting them with nature.
The Forest Preserve Friends Foundation was the runaway winner in the All Terrain Cares July Grant Campaign. Competing against 20 other organizations, the Foundation rallied their organization and received an overwhelming 43 percent of the 160,000 votes that were cast during the month of July.
The Playscape being built at Homer Lake will be made with materials found in nature including boulders, logs, hills, sand, plants and water. The organization believes that playing in natural surroundings is critical to a child's physical, cognitive, and emotional health. It also leads to the development of lifelong conservation values.
All Terrain launched the All Terrain Cares Grant Campaign to support organizations that either provide opportunities for youth to stay active or promote and preserve open spaces.
â€œAll of the organizations that took part in our July campaign truly embody the spirit of this campaign and we couldn't be more proud to support all three of these worthy organizations that won our three July grants,â€ said David Kulow, president of All Terrain.
In second place, winning $500 was the Crotched Mountain Accessible Recreation and Sports Program which provides affordable adaptive sports lessons, coaching and assistance for children and adults with multiple disabilities.
The grant will be used to maintain the 2.5 miles of accessible trails, the longest stretch of trails in a mountain environment in the country. People of all abilities are able to safely enjoy Crotched Mountains accessible trails as part of the Crotched to Temple Conservation Corridor participate in adaptive skiing and snowboarding, canoeing and kayaking and hiking and cycling.
Chicago Adventure Therapy, which works with clinically and socio-economically â€œat riskâ€ youths, finished in third place and will receive a grant of $250 that will be used to support programming at CAT.
The organization uses a sliding scale pricing model allowing its youth organization partners to access CAT services regardless of their ability to pay. In some cases, organizations only pay 1% of the cost of the program.
Voting is now underway for the August All Terrain Cares Grant Campaign with 18 non-profit organizations vying for the grand prize. To learn more about these organizations and to cast your vote please visit www.allterraincares.com
About All Terrain
Headquartered in Sunapee, New Hampshire, All Terrain sells natural, effective products for people who lead active lives, including DEET- free insect repellents, sunscreens, first aid, soaps, sanitizers, and products created especially for kids and pets. All Terrain continues to develop, test and introduce quality performance products to help people enjoy the outdoors naturally. For more information visit: www.allterrainco.com.