Bello Machre was recently presented with a $10,000 grant from the PNC Foundation to enhance its services. The grant from the PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC), will be used to help people with developmental disabilities who are in crisis and need immediate services. These services may include emergency respite care or permanent placement in a Bello Machre home.
“We are honored to be included in their giving mission,” said Dr. Robert T. Ireland, President and CEO of Bello Machre, a non-profit organization in Anne Arundel County, Maryland that provides homes and support to children, teens, adults, and seniors with developmental disabilities. “The funds from this grant will help us reach out to our most vulnerable individuals who are in desperate need of services.”
Through its Support Services Programs, Bello Machre provides help and support to more than 150 individuals and families in their own homes. The Ray of Hope Program helps individuals and families obtain, physical therapy, specialized equipment, in-home supports, and respite care. Respite care service provides residential support during family hospitalizations, emergencies, and vacations—24-hours a day, seven-days a week. Bello Machre serves children and adults without regard to race, religion, gender, or national origin.
“This is a great opportunity to help support an organization so meaningful to the community,” said William Backstrom, PNC vice president and Community Development Banking market manager, who spoke on behalf of the PNC Foundation. “The work Bello Machre is doing will help individuals with developmental disabilities live a productive life in the community where they reside.”
The PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., actively supports organizations that provide services for the benefit of communities in which it has a significant presence. The foundation focuses its philanthropic mission on early childhood education and community and economic development, which includes the arts and culture. Through Grow Up Great, its signature cause that began in 2004, PNC has created a $350 million, multi-year initiative to help prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life.