The Madison Foundation is pleased to announce grant awards totaling $5,000 for three local organizations promoting health and wellness: Madison Little League, SARAH, Inc., and the Madison Arts Barn. In a time when children are feeling isolated, spending more time connected to devices, and less time engaging in physical exercise, these vital groups are offering activities that challenge the mind as well as the body.
Founded in 1967, Madison Little League (MLL) offers boys and girls aged 5 to 12 the year-round opportunity to learn and play baseball and softball in a fun, nurturing environment. The Madison Foundation provided funding for need-based waivers to families who were unable to pay the registration fee. This grant award allowed six children to participate in the program. Visit the MLL website at www.madisonctbaseball.com to sign a child up to play, volunteer, make a donation, or learn more about league operations and the community sponsors that help make youth athletics available to Madison children.
SARAH, Inc., a Westbrook-based nonprofit serving people of all ages and differing abilities, is launching an adaptive virtual fitness class for its Madison Day program members. The foundation funded a weekly fitness program led by trainers experienced working with individuals with disabilities. Set to begin in early April, the recorded training sessions will give differently abled people the tools to make healthy choices and live more independently. The fitness videos will be archived and used to benefit all members of the SARAH community.
The Madison Arts Barn has been encouraging young people to pursue their creative passions since 1997. In early 2021, the group launched New Year, New You, a program promoting health and wellness through a variety of fun activities. Nearly one hundred adult and student participants met weekly via Zoom to exercise, learn, and support one another during this unprecedented period of social isolation. A blog detailing the program’s weekly workshops can be found on its website at www.madisonartsbarn.org.
The Madison Foundation provides grant funding to local nonprofit organizations working to improve the lives of town residents. Grant applications can be found on the foundation’s website www.themadisonfoundation.org.