Harris donates $50,000 to charities helping kids, adults with disabilities

Mason, OH - Apr 01, 2015 :

The Harris Products Group recently announced two donations of $25,000 each to organizations that assist children and adults with disabilities. The company has supported Abilities First of Middletown, Ohio, and Challenged Child and Friends, of Gainesville, Ga., with large corporate donations for the last several years.

Both organizations assist families in their communities through inclusive education, therapies, awareness programs and other services.

“We proudly support Abilities First and Challenged Child and Friends because we understand how important it is for non-profits to have reliable corporate partners to support their programs,” said David J. Nangle, president of the Harris Products Group, which has its international headquarters in Mason, Ohio. “We believe in consolidating our contributions to a critical cause so that we can have a real impact on organizations. We continue this long tradition of giving to support deserving charities in our local communities.”

Harris President David Nangle with Amy Gates and Cindy Wilson of Challenged Child and FriendsChallenged Child and Friends, Inc., operates an early intervention center serving children who have developmental delays as well as their typically developing peers. Located in Northeast Georgia, with a school across the street from The Harris Products Group’s Gainesville plant, the non-profit serves more than 250 children and families each year from 11 counties. The organization partners with public school systems and other organizations to ensure a unique, interdisciplinary approach to pediatric therapeutic services.

Two representatives from Challenged Child & Friends, Amy Gates, executive director, and Cindy Wilson, director of development, recently visited the facility in Georgia for a plant-wide meeting with all employees to receive the donation check.

“The Harris Products Group has been an incredible neighbor for us,” Gates said. “The company’s support is instrumental in making sure we’re able to offer services to families with special needs in our community. CCAF believes in never turning away a child for services due to the family’s inability to pay, therefore assistance to families is one of our largest expenses each year. So, we greatly appreciate everything Harris does for us and for our families.”

Abilities First started in 1958 with eight children and today serves more than 800 clients, both children and adults, in multiple counties. The organization offers an inclusive day care and preschool to welcome and educate children with both special and traditional needs side-by-side. Abilities First offers pediatric therapy services and awareness programs. The organization also has an autism learning center, residential care for adults with disabilities, an adult day program and employment services.

Harris President David Nangle with Robin Usalis of Abilities FirstTwo leaders from Abilities First also attended a plant-wide meeting to receive the donation check, Robin Usalis, executive director, and Betsy Baugh, director of marketing and development.

“The Harris Products Group’s contribution and support of our annual Golf Classic is vital to our mission,” Usalis said. “The financial support is important for us to be able to fund our summer programming. So many children lose their group contact in the summer between the school years, and there simply isn’t enough funding for summer programs. This donation makes it possible for us to support families year-round.”

Abilities First hosts its 11th Annual Golf Classic on May 1 at Browns Run Country Club. The deadline for registration is April 30. More details are available at http://abilitiesfirst.org/11th-annual-golf-classic.

About Challenged Child and Friends, Inc.
Founded in 1985, Challenged Child and Friends is located in Gainesville, Ga., on a 15-acre campus. In 2000, Challenged Child and Friends was selected by Leadership Georgia as a model children’s program. Today, it continues to be one of the most efficient and effective non-profits in the region, partnering with public school systems and other organizations to ensure a unique, inter-disciplinary approach to pediatric therapeutic services, serving more than 250 children and families annually. For more information, visit www.challengedchild.org or call (770) 535-8372.

About Abilities First
Founded in 1958, Abilities First is a non-profit organization located in Middletown, Ohio that helps children and adults with a wide range of disabilities achieve their unique potential. Its autism learning center provides children with the tools they need to be successful in school and an inclusive child care center provides a positive opportunity for children with special needs to learn alongside their typically developing peers. Through the delivery of outpatient physical, speech and occupational therapy services, Abilities First improves function in all activities of daily living, and individualized job placement services help people achieve greater financial self-sufficiency through satisfying employment. For those whose developmental disability necessitates 24 hour residential care, the organization operates two intermediate care facilities as well as individualized daytime programming and recreational activities. Abilities First serves more than 800 children and adults with disabilities per year in seven Ohio counties. For more information, visit www.abilitiesfirst.org or call (513) 423-9496.

About Harris Products Group
The Harris Products Group, a Lincoln Electric Company, is a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of cutting, welding, brazing and soldering equipment and consumables and gas distribution systems. Harris Products Group products are sold and used in more than 90 countries. The company’s international corporate headquarters are located in Mason, Ohio, north of Cincinnati. For more information about the Harris Products Group and its products and services, please visit the company’s website at www.harrisproductsgroup.com or call (513) 754-2000.