The Westmoreland Intermediate Unit Foundation, Inc., (WIUF) is a 501(c)(3) organization that seeks to enrich the educational experience for K-12 students, in particular those with special needs, in schools throughout Westmoreland County. Incorporated in 2003, the volunteer-driven foundation strives to cultivate the opportunities available to students with special needs and to enhance teachers' efficiency.
The Westmoreland Intermediate Unit Foundation, Inc. supports communication, encourages interaction, and allocates resources from the community and/or private sector for the purpose of promoting and enhancing educational opportunities for students and educators throughout Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.
The WIU Foundation strives to generate revenue, increase community awareness, and develop resources in order to fulfill its mission. Overseeing the Foundation's operation is an eleven-member board of directors.
MAKING AN IMPACT
Primary among the WIU Foundation's activities is the awarding of Impact Grants of up to $1,000 to teachers/professionals in special education classrooms. Proposals are welcomed from WIU or district educators who are seeking to develop innovative projects or creative teaching methods to either improve the students’ capacities to learn or upgrade their own effectiveness in teaching.
Educators interested in submitting a future grant can review the 2015-16 cover letter and grant guidelines which are still available in the "Forms for 2016-17 Impact Grant" section of this website.
A summary of the grant awards for the 2014-15 school year is available on this website at "2015-16 Impact Grant Awards." Over the years, our grants have helped to establish, among other programs:
Additionally, the Foundation helped to secure donations creating an assistive technology library that is expected to eventually be able to loan needed assistive devices and equipment to students and schools throughout the county. Assistance was also rendered in acquiring therapeutic equipment, known as Quadricisers, that help students who have difficulty with physical movements.
Other projects have also been conducted at Clairview School, the Westmoreland Intermediate Unit-operated school that educates approximately 200 children with special needs from throughout the county. A large gazebo was built to provide an outdoor classroom as well as shade for students in wheelchairs or with sensitivity to the sun. A recreation area was significantly improved with fencing, play equipment, a wheelchair swing, and storage shed. Landscaping was enhanced. This past year, major improvements were made to the recreation area, including the addition of various interactive pieces of playground equipment. Clairview staff and the WIU Foundation are presently working together to further improve the school's recreation area by raising funds to purchase and install additional playground equipment and possibly a large sunshade.
In the community, the Foundation has partnered with Stage Right! Productions to present performances of the children’s holiday classic, “Madeline’s Christmas.” Our involvement helped to open a new cultural opportunity to local students, their families, and friends of the WIU Foundation.
CHAMPIONING YOUNG ARTISTS
For the past two years, the WIU Foundation has served as financial sponsor for the annual Champions of the Arts program, highlighting the artistic talents of students in special education classrooms throughout Westmoreland County. The program is currently a collaboration with the Latrobe Art Center (LAC). The downtown Latrobe art center serves as the venue for two exhibits -- a secondary-level show in the fall and an elementary-age exhibit in the spring. An awards night/open reception is held to kick off each of the two exhibits. For details of the current exhibit, click on the following link, http://www.wiu.k12.pa.us/Page/795, or connect via the link at left.
Financial support is derived through grants and gifts from area foundations and businesses; individual contributions from WIU staff and the community; and fundraising events. Donations
A volunteer Awareness Committee oversees the fundraising activities
, usually consisting of three primary events each year.
If you would like more information about the WIU Foundation or wish to get involved in some manner, please contact the Community Relations Secretary, Christine Constable, by calling 724.836.2460, extension 2336 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org