The international program, which aims to keep “at-risk” individuals from going missing, is one of dozens of programs to be supported by the Mylander Foundation this year.
The private foundation recently doled out its 2013 grants, distributing almost $130,000 to more than 30 local nonprofit and governmental organizations.
The Sandusky Lions Club will use a $3,700 award to purchase Project Lifesaver bracelets wired with transmitter devices, which “at-risk” people wear at all times. If they go missing, each bracelet has its own trackable frequency, which local law enforcement agencies can use to find them.
The club’s nonprofit group partnered with the Erie County Sheriff’s Office to pursue the project, said Pam Straziuso, club secretary. Almost 20 people have already signed up family members to receive bracelets, which should be distributed in January.
The program is particularly geared toward individuals with dementia or autism.
This past week, for example, a man with Alzheimer’s disease went missing in Perkins Township for several hours, Straziuso said.
With Project Lifesaver, most searches take 30 minutes or less.
“We’re so appreciative the foundation had the foresight to see this new program is needed and it’s going to be worthwhile,” Straziuso said. “We couldn’t do what we’re doing without them”
More than half of this year’s Mylander Foundation funds went toward large “mandatory grants” distributed each year, which include:
• Bowling Green State University Foundation: $6,420 for area student scholarships.
• City of Sandusky: $6,420 to be used for structural improvements or tree or plant purchases in city parks or recreation areas or Oakland Cemetery.
• Firelands Regional Medical Center: $19,260.
• Grace Episcopal Church: $6,420.
• Sandusky Schools: $6,420 for operation of elementary schools.
• United Way of Erie County: $32,100.
The foundation’s distribution committee then divided the remaining funds and distributed the Project Lifesaver award and 27 other smaller grants:
• American Red Cross: $600 for flood clean-up kits.
• BGSU Foundation (Caryl Crane Youth Theatre): $1,250 for play production costs and artist-in-residence program.
• BGSU Foundation (James H. McBride Arboretum): $1,500 for website development and printing promotional materials.
• Boys and Girls Club of Erie County: $2,500 for Kid’s College software.
• Cancer Services of Erie County: $2,700 for supplies.
• Care and Share: $2,500 for food.
• City of Vermilion: $2,000 for public land purchase.
• Erie County CASA program: $1,000 for clothing, toiletries and school supplies for children.
• Erie County Health Department: $1,780 for dental equipment for mobile health vehicle.
• Erie County Special Olympics: $750 for javelin equipment and transportation costs.
• Firelands Habitat for Humanity: $1,000 for computer and phone network installation.
• Firelands Symphony Orchestra and School of the Arts: $2,000 for tickets to “Patriotic Pops” concert for veterans and their families.
• Goodwill Industries of Erie, Huron, Ottawa and Sandusky Counties: $1,250 for laptops.
• Grace’s Kitchen: $1,000 for kitchen equipment.
• Huron Public Library Children’s Department: $1,000 for summer reading programs.
• New Day Family Resource Center: $1,700 for laptops.
• Project Share of Margaretta Township: $2,500 for food and clothing gift certificates for needy people.
• Sandusky Area YMCA: $1,500 to install pool ladder rail.
• Sandusky Career Center: $2,000 for pediatric simulator.
• Sandusky Concert Association: $750 for transportation costs to attend Solaris Wind Quintet.
• Sandusky/Erie County Community Foundation: $1,500 for Youth Council grants.
• Sandusky Imagination Library: $2,000 for books for 80 children.
• Sandusky Library: $2,000 for laminator.
• Sandusky Lions Club Fund for the Blind of Erie County: $2,500 for eye-related medical treatment for needy people.
• Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio: $2,000 for food.
• Serving Our Seniors: $5,000 for metal ramps for senior citizens.
• St. Mary Central Catholic High School: $1,400 for art department’s visiting artist program.