EPIC-Every Person Influences Children and Parent Network of WNY Awarded $100,000 Mother Cabrini Grant

BUFFALO, NY – EPIC- Every Person Influences Children and Parent Network of Western New York (PNWNY) have received a joint grant in the amount of $100,000 from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation. Both non-profits were part of the first round of the $150 million grants, selected due to their work to improve the health and well-being of New York’s most under-served communities.  

Mother Cabrini Health Foundation provides support for low income individuals and families as well as persons with special needs in New York State, which directly aligns with the mission of both EPIC and PNWNY. EPIC is celebrating its 40​th anniversary this year and has received national award-winning recognition for its expertise in parent leadership, family engagement, youth services and professional development. Similarly, PNWNY has provided support and resources on disabilities and special education for more than 30 years.

“We are honored to support such a wide range of organizations doing critically important work to improve the health and well-being of New York’s most vulnerable communities,” says Alfred F. Kelly Jr., Chief Executive Officer of Visa and Chair of the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation Board.  

Working together as vital partners for more than two decades, both EPIC and PNWNY were awarded the Mother Cabrini grant due to their evidence-informed leadership prowess and their focus on urban and rural parents whose personal experiences have prepared them to serve as parent leaders. Tara N. Burgess and Susan Barlow, who serve as Executive Directors of  EPIC and PNWNY respectively, will oversee the initiative. The two non-profits will use the Mother Cabrini grant to cultivate parent leaders in the community. 

“We want to be capable of representing the needs of individuals with disabilities – particularly those from disadvantaged, under-served and isolated backgrounds,” says Barlow. “Recruitment efforts will focus on minority parents from Buffalo Public Schools who live in Buffalo with socioeconomic barriers.” 

“We are so grateful to the Mother Cabrini Foundation for this grant,” adds Burgess, “as it will allow us to extend our reach in Western New York and truly increase the number of both parents and children that are engaged, responsible and successful.” 

For more information regarding the grant and the work of both non-profits, visit www.epicforchildren.org and  www.parentnetworkwny.org​​.  

EPIC- Every Person Influences Children is a non-profit agency with the mission of helping families, schools, and communities raise children to become responsible and successful adults. EPIC workshops and trainings carry out founder Robert Wilson’s vision by involving the entire community in helping children make responsible decisions, understand and respect authority, develop positive self-esteem, plan for the future, and succeed in life. 

Parent Network of WNY is a non-profit agency with the mission of supporting families and professionals to empower individuals with disabilities to reach their full potential. They provide 1-on-1 support and education through resources, workshops and support groups to assist families of individuals with disabilities to understand their disability and navigate the support service system.