By: Seth Johnson

BarnRaisers of Indiana board members pose for a photo at a recent bingo event. Most of the board members pictured are wearing bright green shirts, and shamrock decorations are seen behind them, suggesting the event was St. Patrick’s Day-themed.

Last month, the Indiana Blind Children’s Foundation (IBCF) was excited to learn that BarnRaisers of Indiana will pledge funds raised from their September golf outing towards the construction of the first adaptive kitchen for youth who are blind or have low vision in the state of Indiana.

After receiving a presentation from IBCF executive director Laura Alvarado and IBCF board president Michael Parent, BarnRaisers of Indiana recognized the lasting impact that this adaptive kitchen will have on youth who are blind or have low vision, thus choosing IBCF as one of three nonprofits to be supported through their upcoming golf outing. Established in 2012, BarnRaisers of Indiana is an organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness to improve the lives of children locally and globally.

“BarnRaisers is excited to partner with IBCF to provide funds toward the construction of the new adaptive kitchen that will be built to help ISBVI students gain additional independence,” says BarnRaisers of Indiana board president Brian Case. “The BarnRaisers board was very impressed with Laura and Michael’s presentation when they met with us to share the background and project scope for the adaptive kitchen. The board voted unanimously to support this important and impactful initiative. We look forward to hearing more about how the kitchen will impact the children’s lives once it is completed.”

IBCF is currently in the process of raising additional funds for this state-of-the-art adaptive kitchen, which will be housed at IPS School 94 where ISBVI will temporarily move while construction on the school’s new co-located campus with Indiana School for the Deaf is completed. The build of this kitchen will also coincide with the birth of a brand-new culinary arts program at ISBVI, giving students the opportunity to gain confidence in the kitchen while growing all the more independent.




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