Hall to support global nonprofit

first_imgRyan Hall will host a 5-on-5 wheelchair basketball tournament tomorrow afternoon to support the Wheelchair Foundation, an international nonprofit which distributes wheelchairs to those in need across the globe. Freshman Emily Voorde helped coordinate the event with Bookstore Basketball, SAO and other halls. Voorde, who uses a wheelchair, has played wheelchair basketball with a local team and helped sponsor a similar wheelchair basketball tournament at her high school. “I thought it would be a good event to raise awareness and funds for a good cause,” she said. Voorde said the rules for regular basketball still apply for the tournament. The hoops, courts and balls are the same size. The only rule change applies to dribbling, she said. Each player must dribble once for every two pushes of the chair. Voorde said people may need time to adjust to the game and will have a very different experience in this tournament than they have in others. “People have a lot of questions because it is not something they are familiar with,” Voorde said. Alick’s Home Medical donated 30 wheelchairs for the tournament. Voorde said she worked with the South Bend medical supply store when planning her high school’s wheelchair basketball tournament. Ryan president sophomore Alison Quinn said though the team first hoped to work with a local organization, many South Bend charities focusing on wheelchair distribution already had sponsors. Quinn said they were then drawn to the international mission of the Wheelchair Foundation. Quinn said she hopes to raise enough money to purchase at least one wheelchair, which costs $150. She also said she hopes the tournament encourages solidarity and deeper understanding among students. “It’s fun because you get to play basketball in a wheelchair, but it’s also demonstrative of what some people go through every day,” Quinn said. Students can enjoy free food and winners will receive prizes at the event, she said. Quinn said she hopes for a high level of student involvement and wants to make the tournament an annual event. “Given it’s our first year, we hope to get enough involvement [to continue the event] in future years,” Quinn said. Voorde said students should register to support the charity and have fun with friends. “It’s the same game, same ball, same rules, just on wheels. It’s really fun, and I think it will be a great experience,” Voorde said. To register for the tournament, visit www.nd.edu/~ryan and click on the wheelchair basketball logo. Registration is also available through the group’s Facebook page.last_img read more

Champlain Housing Trust Receives Grant from TD Charitable Foundation

first_imgChamplain Housing Trust Receives Grant from TD Charitable FoundationOctober 29, 2008 – Burlington, VT – On the opening day of the Champlain Housing Trust’s annual Community Campaign, the organization and the TD Charitable Foundation announced a $15,000 grant award. Now in its third year, the “Housing for Everyone” grant competition made a total of $1.5 million in donations to 48 affordable housing groups from Maine to Florida, including three grants in Vermont.”We are thrilled to make this contribution to the Champlain Housing Trust,” said Phil Daniels, President, TD Banknorth in Vermont. “They are an invaluable asset to the communities of northwestern Vermont, and provide programs and services that are as needed now as ever.”The gift comes at the outset of the Housing Trust’s Community Campaign, in which volunteers make 6,000 phone calls to households in the region to build membership, raise awareness, and seek donations in support of affordable housing production and stewardship in Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle Counties. The Campaign’s goal is $50,000.”TD Banknorth’s leadership is greatly appreciated,” added Brenda Torpy, CEO of the Champlain Housing Trust. “This gift is a real inspiration to our efforts to engage the community in our work.”To join in the Campaign, people may contact Julia Curry (660-3710 x23) to volunteer or may make a donation online at: https://www.champlainhousingtrust.org/donate(link is external).The Champlain Housing Trust is a community land trust that supports strong, vital communities in northwest Vermont through the development and stewardship of permanently affordable homes and community assets. Over 2,100 families and individuals live in Housing Trust homes.About the TD Charitable FoundationThe TD Charitable Foundation is the charitable giving arm of TD Bank N.A., which operates under the trade names TD Banknorth and Commerce Bank and is one of the 20 largest commercial banking organizations in the United States. The Foundation’s mission is to serve the individuals, families and businesses in all the communities where TD Banknorth and Commerce Bank operate, having made nearly $38 million in charitable donations since its inception in 2002. The efforts of the Foundation are coordinated locally through TD Banknorth’s and Commerce Bank’s community relations departments and are focused on the areas of economic empowerment, youth development and community support. More information on the TD Charitable Foundation including an online grant application is available at www.TDBanknorth.com(link is external) or at www.commerceonline.com(link is external).###last_img read more