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Brain Injury Support program receives Grainger Foundation grant!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - 12:10

 Kenneth Johnson, Branch Manager of W.W. Grainger Inc's Raleigh location and other members of Grainger's Raleigh team, pose with Laurie Stickney, COO of Community Partnerships, Inc. The Grainger Foundation made the donation in memory of Rick Raube, a former employee at the Raleigh branch, who passed away due to a brain injury.


THE GRAINGER FOUNDATION SUPPORTS COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS, INC.

Raleigh, NC, December 2016 - The Grainger Foundation, an independent, private foundation located in Lake Forest, Illinois, has donated $5,000 to Community Partnerships, Inc. (CPI), in support of its Brain Injury Support Services Program.

“This donation was made in the memory of Rick Raube, a former employee at Grainger’s Raleigh branch,” said Nikki Smith, Director of Communications and Donor Relations for CPI.  “Rick recently passed away as a result of a suspected seizure disorder.  This donation is a beautiful way to honor Rick’s memory, and to support the work we do for those with brain injuries every day across North Carolina.  We are grateful to The Grainger Foundation for its generosity.”

Nearly 200,000 North Carolinians live with brain injuries.  The Brain Injury Support Services Program at CPI focuses on helping injury survivors re-enter the workforce in jobs that pay competitive wages.  To do this, the program offers one-on-one and group services that help participants explore career options, build resumes, complete job applications, and have successful job interviews.  Once participants find jobs that match individual career goals, the program provides on-the-job training and long-term follow-up services.

The donation was recommended by Kenneth Johnson, Branch Manager of W.W. Grainger, Inc.’s, Raleigh location.  Grainger has been a part of the North Carolina business community for more than 40 years as the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair, and operating products.  “I am very pleased and proud to present this check to CPI’s Brain Injury Support Services Program on behalf of The Grainger Foundation and in memory of Rick Raube,” said Johnson.  “Rick would be very pleased to know how the Brain Injury Support Services Program provides for people in need.

The Grainger Foundation, an independent, private foundation based in Lake Forest, Illinois, was established in 1949 by William W. Grainger, founder of W.W. Grainger, Inc.

Community Partnerships, Inc., is a private, nonprofit organization that provides employment services, and helps people with intellectual/developmental disabilities, substance abuse disorders, mental illnesses, brain injuries, and at risk youth go to work in rewarding careers.  CPI also offers early intervention, education, and support services to young children with disabilities.  In fiscal year 2015-2016, CPI served more than 1,300 people across its North Carolina locations.  To learn more, please visit www.communitypartnerships.org.

For further information about Grainger contact:
Joseph Micucci, Director, Media Relations at joseph.micucci@grainger.com

For further information about Community Partnerships, Inc., contact:
Nikki Smith, Director of Communications and Donor Relations at nsmith@communitypartnerships.org

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