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Roseville Calif. – A Touch of Understanding (ATOU) is proud to announce that they are the recipient of the Citizens Benefit Fund in the amount of $10,000.

“Thanks to this grant we’re able to help more schoolchildren, including children with disabilities and those who seem different for any reason, be welcomed and included in social circles” said Executive Director Leslie DeDora. “The culture on Roseville school campuses is healthier and safer because students learn to appreciate, rather than fear differences.” stated DeDora.

About A Touch of Understanding

A Touch of Understanding (ATOU) provides disability awareness programs designed to educate a new generation to understand the challenges associated with disabilities and to accept and respect all individuals. ATOU is a 501 (c) 3 tax exempt nonprofit organization comprised of dedicated individuals, some with disabilities and some without, who come together to form a strong team working to help students look beyond the disability, the wheelchair or the braces, and see the person.

City of Roseville Citizens Benefit Fund

This is the 23rd year the city has awarded grants from the Citizens Benefit Fund. Funds generated from interest earned on the invested proceeds from the sale of the former Roseville Community Hospital. Since 1993, the City of Roseville has awarded $14.9 million to local non-profit agencies. Funds were also distributed from money donated by City of Roseville employees and retirees to the Roseville Employees Annual Charitable Hearts (R.E.A.C.H.) Fund, founded in 2003. “It took incredible foresight on the part of the Roseville City Council at that time to set aside – and not spend – the proceeds from the hospital sale in order to create an ongoing source of funding to meet many needs in our community for years to come,” said Mayor Carol Garcia. “We make this investment in our community to enhance the quality of life for Roseville residents.”

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