The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley approved a $5000 grant to Celebrate Differences to support the organization’s social enterprise, A Pinch of Happiness Spice Shop.
A Pinch of Happiness is owned by Celebrate Differences and operated by our volunteers. In addition to selling spices, oils, teas, and coffee, the shop provides job skills to adults with disabilities. The goal is to teach them the skills they need to obtain employment. At the shop, they learn about job etiquette, interviewing skills, customer interaction and are involved in every aspect of the business.
“We wanted to make our job training program as accessible and inclusive as possible.”,said founder Rebecca Christiansen. The funds received enabled Celebrate Differences to purchase talking scales, large iPads, sifters, grinders, and a wheelchair accessible table. The new equipment makes learning skills more accessible to all of the adults who work at the shop.
At this time, the adults in the program cycle through a twelve-week training program. “Our program is unique because it allows our participants to be immersed in a real business and practice all aspects of a job. They really enjoy working in this type of fun, inclusive, and educational environment,” founder and president of Celebrate Differences, Rebecca Christiansen, said.
Celebrate Differences is committed to creating a place for families of children with disabilities to feel a part of a larger, accepting community. Celebrate Differences is an all-inclusive Disability Awareness Center, welcoming all children and their families regardless of age or disability. We offer services – such as informative monthly workshops, sib shops, annual summer and holiday party, book club, playgroups, social support groups and much more! We connect families through our outreach projects, our social activities, and social networking. We are proud of all we have accomplished thus far and cannot wait to expand our program in the future. If you would like to learn more about us, please visit our website: celebratedifferences.org or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/APinchofHappinessSpice/ and www.facebook.com/Celebrate- Differences.
About the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley
The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley is a non-profit, tax-exempt, philanthropic organization that administers individual charitable funds from which grants and scholarships are distributed to benefit the citizens of the Greater Aurora Area, the TriCities and Kendall County, Illinois.
Founded in 1948, the Foundation provides a simple and powerful approach to charitable giving. Individuals, families, businesses, and organizations have the opportunity to custom design their own named funds that reflect their charitable goals and interests. Since its inception, the Community Foundation has grown to more than $80 million in assets and has awarded more than $63 million in grants and scholarships.
For more information on the Foundation, visit www. CommunityFoundationFRV.org.