Monica Baer, 262-522-9687
Nonprofit Plans June 1 Opening in Waukesha
Brookfield (April 25, 2016) – Diversified Insurance Solutions has awarded its first 2016 SPARK Grant to Wisconsin Independent Learning College (WILC) to help the nonprofit remodel its new location at 1936 MacArthur Rd. in Waukesha. WILC provides individualized education and support services to young adults with autism to help them become independent and productive members of society.
The $5,000 SPARK Grant will be used to renovate two existing bathrooms, one of which will be ADA compliant, and add a third restroom. The bathroom project is one of the most expensive elements in the new building since it requires the construction of walls and doorways, extensive plumbing and electrical and the purchase of ADA-compliant fixtures and safety accessories.
WILC is moving its campus from Waterford to a space that’s nearly triple the size and plans to start its summer session on June 1. The organization currently works with 10 young adults who are 18 to 30 years old and during the next year will gradually expand to serve more students who are currently on its waiting list.
“The SPARK Grant allows us to tackle a significant and costly element of our renovation and smooths the way for our move to Waukesha,” says Terri-Lynn Johnson, M.S. Ed., executive director of WILC. “Our new, more central location will allow us to partner with area nonprofits and companies to provide more educational and vocational opportunities so our students can master important daily living and work skills.”
WILC is a private, nonprofit college that provides individualized curriculum, personal training and therapy programs for young adults who are on the autism spectrum. The school works with students on everything from effective communication to stress management to financial planning and job coaching.
“Once young adults with autism turn 18, the opportunities for ongoing education and development dwindle significantly,” says Jim McCormack, co-founder and chairman of Diversified Insurance Solutions. “WILC is meeting an important need by helping those with autism grow and realize their full potential.”
Throughout 2016, Diversified Insurance Solutions will award a total of $30,000 in SPARK Grants to nonprofits to positively impact the community and people they serve. The company is interested in supporting specific initiatives, events or actions that can be accomplished with a $5,000 grant or in conjunction with other funds.
Tax exempt, nonprofit organizations can submit a 2016 SPARK Grant request at www.DiversifiedSPARK.com now through October 25.
Diversified Insurance Solutions is one of Wisconsin’s largest, full-service insurance brokers, providing employee benefits, risk management and business insurance to area companies. For more information, visit www.div-ins.com.