Just 4 Us Foundation is a 501 (C) that provides free recreational wellness resources for children with disabilities and social economic challenges in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. In August, VisComm partnered with J4U in an effort to provide research, grant writing, and marketing support.
VisComm’s efforts resulted in an award of $2500 from the CVS Caremark Community Grant Program. The contribution is from a category that focuses on disabilities-inclusive extracurricular programs with an emphasis on arts and culture.
J4U plans to use the allocated funds to introduce the Wheelchair Dance Program. This community effort will improve the morale of children with special needs in an uplifting environment, encourage improved physical fitness, and increase self-esteem through skill building and peer engagement.
The unique and specifically designed program will include five 6-week dance and fitness sessions for wheelchair bound participants. Dancers will learn therapeutic techniques within styles that include ballroom, cha cha, tango, jazz, and hip hop.
Wheel chair dance sessions will be facilitated by a team of sensitivity trained volunteers that includes family members, friends, participants in the J4U At-Risk Youth Program, and students from local high schools and colleges.
Executive Director, Andree Harris is currently enrolled in a certification program for wheel chair dance instructors. J4U plans to offer the first 6-week program in Spring of 2013.
Ms. Harris is ecstatic about the CVS recognition and says, “This is our first grant after 3 years. Talk about hopeful. I want to thank [VisComm] so much.”
Our pleasure Ms. Harris. Here’s to the future.