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Foundation awards grant to RCIL to improve access, parking at Osage City office

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Resource Center for Independent Living Inc. recently received a grant in the amount of $29,572.00 from the Sunderland Foundation, to install new sidewalks and renovate deteriorated asphalt parking at the main office at 1137 Laing St., Osage City, Kan.

“This grant is an incredible opportunity for RCIL,” said Deone Wilson, RCIL executive director. “Our sidewalks and parking were so badly worn and broken, it was becoming a safety and drainage problem. Now our visitors and staff will be able to safely and comfortably come and go from our building. RCIL’s board of directors and staff wish to thank the Sunderland Foundation for their incredible generosity and support.”

The Sunderland Foundation was established in 1945 by Lester T. Sunderland, who served as president of the Ash Grove Cement Company for 33 years, and was a respected leader in his industry. After more than seven decades, the foundation continues to be led by Sunderland’s descendants. It has focused on supporting brick and mortar projects, awarding grants to nonprofits in the Kansas City region and other areas.

RCIL opened in 1984 in Carbondale, Kan., led by its first director Bill Reyer. Since then RCIL has grown to provide a wide array of programs and services for individuals with disabilities, and currently has offices in Osage City, Emporia, El Dorado, Iola and Topeka. RCIL is a non-profit organization governed by an all-volunteer board of directors, which include: Loren DeBaun, Dr. Carrie Hagemann, Kraig Kettler, Dana Pinkston and Carrie Sunday.

For more information, contact RCIL’s Osage City office at 785-528-3105.

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