FirstEnergy Gives $15,000 for DSAIA Scholarships

Fri, April 27, 2018 10:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

DSAIA is delighted to announce a landmark donation by FirstEnergy, Corp., one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, serving more than 6 million customers in the Midwest and mid-Atlantic regions. The gift of $15,000 will fund membership and conference scholarships for DSAs located in FirstEnergy's service areas.

Down syndrome organizations that support individuals, families, and communities impacted by Down syndrome located within the FirstEnergy service areas of Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, and New Jersey are each eligible to receive a grant of up to $1,000 that can be used to pay for DSAIA membership and/or leadership conference registrations.

"We are incredibly grateful to FirstEnergy and the FirstEnergy Foundation for their extremely generous grant," said Deanna Tharpe, executive director of DSAIA. "This funding is like a rocket booster for burgeoning nonprofits serving Down syndrome communities, helping these groups get fired up about taking their cause to the next level. At the end of the day, all the benefit goes to children and adults with Down syndrome and their families."

DSAIA member organizations have access to many benefits and experiences, including an online library of more than 1,000 templates, documents, samples and how-to’s; monthly professional development webinars and archive of past webinars; discounts on popular products and services; mentoring; accreditation check lists; and much more.

DSAIA will accept grant applications starting May 1. Organizations can apply at

Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action is a nonprofit trade association serving Down syndrome associations. DSAIA represents more than 1,000 leaders in the Down syndrome community from over 80 organizations. Our members range from brand new start-ups to 40-year veteran organizations in the U.S. and abroad. DSAIA's mission is to increase member organization’s organizational capacity through collaboration, resource sharing, and networking.

FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE) is dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, FirstEnergy includes one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, more than 24,000 miles of transmission lines that connect the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions, and a diverse generating fleet with a total capacity of more than 16,000 megawatts.

I want to tell you what WONDERFUL time I had at the conference. I learned so much and came away with lots of ideas for our organization. -Barb Waddle, The Upside of Downs of Northeast Ohio


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