Washington County Association for the Mentally Handicapped Legacy Fund established at Central Kentucky Community Foundation

Washington County Association for the Mentally Handicapped Legacy Fund established at Central Kentucky Community Foundation

August 11, 2017 – For over forty-five years, the Washington County Association for the Mentally Handicapped has supported the needs of the intellectually disabled in Washington County, Kentucky. At the heart of each project the Association has supported, is a firm commitment to improve the lives of the mentally handicapped in Washington County. With this in mind, the Association has established a Legacy Fund through Central Kentucky Community Foundation to ensure they can provide funding for these needs forever.

The Association has served its community for the past 45 years, and through its efforts built and continued support of four staffed residences, purchased multiple vehicles to provide transportation and supported Washington County Industries for employment opportunities, all of which have given long lasting experiences to many people. “The primary objective of the Washington County Association for the Mentally Handicapped has always been to create meaningful opportunities within this community for disabled individuals so they can meet their full potential and live productive lives,” said Paula Spaulding Brewer, Secretary/Treasurer of the Washington County Association for the Mentally Handicapped.  For example, the association is most recently partnering with Springfield’s Central Kentucky Community Theater to provide specialized viewing and workshop opportunities for the handicapped adults the association serves.

In 1970, no educational services existed in Washington County for the intellectually disabled, as schools were not required to educate children with special needs. After noticing this need, a group of parents of special needs children formed what was then known as the Washington County Association for the Mentally Retarded. This group partnered with the Springfield Women’s Club to establish the Washington County School for Exceptional Children on September 13, 1971. When the public-school system began educating special needs children in the mid-1970’s, the Association responded to changing needs and stepped into the void for adults with mental disabilities.

Now into its 5th decade of existence, the Washington County Association is thankful for all the support the community has given the association throughout its existence.  “This community has shown nothing but love toward the mentally handicapped in their community and has always generously supported our endeavors,” said Eunice Nally, President of the Washington County Association for the Mentally Handicapped.  “For their years of support, we express our sincere gratitude.”

Because of the association’s desire to honor the generosity of its supporters and to also continue helping mentally handicapped adults in their community far into the future, the Association is transitioning from an operating nonprofit organization to an endowment fund with Central Kentucky Community Foundation.  The Washington County Association for the Mentally Handicapped Endowment Fund will preserve the assets for the benefit of handicapped people in Washington County forever.

“The endowment is a great legacy to the work of many people in the community for the Association, but more importantly to the individuals whose lives have been touched by the caring Washington County community,” said Davette B. Swiney, President/CEO of Central Kentucky Community Foundation.

About Central Kentucky Community Foundation

Central Kentucky Community Foundation is the philanthropic focal point in the region, serving as a resource, leader and catalyst to people who wish to improve life in their community. For more about CKCF visit www.ckcf4people.org.

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