The Rite Aid Foundation announced today a $15,000 grant to Voices Together, which is based in Chapel Hill, N.C., and uses specialized music therapy to help children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The grant will be used to expand the nonprofit organization’s programming to three more classrooms, helping between 35 and 40 more students in the Orange County public school system for one year.
The Rite Aid Foundation previously awarded $10,000 to Voices Together in 2008 and again in 2010.
“The Rite Aid Foundation has been a long-time supporter of Voices Together because we believe they have demonstrated how music can bring children with autism and other disabilities out of psychological isolation and get them engaged in the world,” said Gayle Rife, Manager of The Rite Aid Foundation. “We hope the grant will allow even more North Carolina children to benefit from this unique therapeutic offering.”
Since 2006, Voices Together has been using its proprietary Vocal Interactive Communication Strategies (VOICS™) to develop speech and communication skills in children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The program has been employed in six school districts in the Triangle and Triad regions of North Carolina and in two community college systems.
“For children with developmental and intellectual disabilities such as autism, their inability to fully communicate can leave them a world away from the rest of society. But with music and specialized verbal and interactive techniques that define our program, the results can be life-changing as they begin to find their unique and valuable voice,” said Yasmine White, CEO and Founder of the non-profit organization, Voices Together. “We are very grateful to The Rite Aid Foundation for their continued support, and we think Orange County children will directly benefit as a result.”
Rite Aid operates approximately 225 stores across North Carolina.
The Rite Aid Foundation, founded in July 2001, is a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to helping children’s health and well-being. Since its inception, The Rite Aid Foundation has awarded grants totaling more than $15 million to more than 1,300 organizations nationwide. For more information on The Rite Aid Foundation, visit www.riteaid.com.
Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with more than 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2013 annual revenues of $25.4 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.