AUSTIN, December 4, 2013 – Settlement Club, an organization committed to providing care and support for abused and neglected children, announced today that it has been awarded a $5,000.00 grant from the eBay Foundation Corporate Advised Fund at Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The grant was recommended by eBay Foundation’s employee-volunteer led GIVE Team. Funds will be used to implement a Sensory Tool Packs program for newly admitted children.
The Sensory Tool Packs program is a resource for the children admitted into the Residential Treatment Center and Group Home Program. At admission, each child will select a sensory tool pack where they can personally select identified items, such as eye masks, bubble bath, play dough, stress balls, etc. Therapists help the children find ways to cope safely and avoid unsafe behaviors when in distress.
“This program is critical to the healing process that our children are going through. These tool packs will allow them the chance to have safe and effective tools to use as they grow and heal from past abuse, neglect and emotional trauma,” said Darcie DeShazo, Executive Director of The Settlement Home for Children.
The Sensory Tool Packs program was made possible in part through eBay Foundation’s GIVE Team program, which empowers employees of eBay Inc. to support their communities through volunteerism and employee-sponsored grants. In 2012 alone, GIVE Teams worldwide recommended 200 nonprofits to receive grants totaling more than $863,000.
“eBay Foundation was established to reach beyond the boundaries of eBay’s virtual village to develop strong communities that bring people together,” said Lauren Moore, President of eBay Foundation. “Through our GIVE Teams, we’ve been able to identify and support a wide variety of outstanding programs, that feed families in the San Francisco Bay Area, educate children in India, assist seniors in Germany, mentor at-risk youth in Omaha, and serve the homeless in Austin—to name only a few. We couldn’t be happier to add to our list of beneficiaries by supporting Settlement Club in its efforts to provide healing and nurturing to children through the Sensory Tool Packs program.
ABOUT The Settlement Home for Children
Established as the Girls’ Settlement Club in 1916, The Settlement Home for Children is owned and operated by The Settlement Club. The Settlement Home provides a Residential Treatment Center, Group Home Program, Transitional Living Program and a Foster and Adoption Program for abused and neglected children. Our mission is to provide healing and growth to children, young adults and families by providing a continuum of care, support and resources. More information is available at www.settlementhome.org.
ABOUT EBAY FOUNDATION
eBay Foundation was established by eBay, Inc. in 1998 and, reflecting eBay innovation, was the first corporate foundation to be endowed with pre-IPO stock. Since inception, the Foundation has contributed more than $23 million to nonprofit organizations worldwide. The Foundation engages eBay Inc. employees and supports their pursuit of charitable giving and volunteerism through its GIVE Team program. In addition, using a unique combination of foundation funding, employee volunteerism, and other resources, eBay Foundation has created The Opportunity Project to extend the company’s commitment to global citizenship. By scaling social innovations that create economic opportunity, The Opportunity Project gives people in need the chance to participate in the global economy, provide for their families, and build stronger communities. For more information: www.theopportunityproject.org. eBay Foundation GIVE Team grants are awarded by the eBay Foundation Corporate Advised Fund at Silicon Valley Community Foundation.