FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – MARCH 12, 2015 – ANN ARBOR, MICH. -- The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum recently received a $1700 grant from the Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor that will underwrite visits to the Museum from families of patients at C.S. Mott Children’s & Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital (Mott). The program, “Helping Mott Families”, helps families of children as they deal with the stress and challenges of having a patient in the hospital.
The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum offers free admission to families of patients at Mott Children’s Hospital as well as to families staying at Ronald McDonald House. Annually, more than 2000 Mott and Ronald McDonald House families receive free admission to the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.
“The Museum is a refuge for families with children in the hospital; parents, grandparents, and siblings benefit from time away from the hospital in an environment where they can relax,” said Mel Drumm, executive director, Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. “We are grateful to the Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor for supporting our ‘Helping Mott Families’ program, and for the opportunity to draw attention to not only the program itself, but the need for continued support for it.”
In addition to “Helping Mott Families”, the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum offers “Healing Through Hands-On Science” in partnership with the Department of Child and Family Life at Mott. This program delivers science and health-based activities at Mott and the Museum.
The Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor has been providing grants to local nonprofit organizations for more than 90 years. It is part of Kiwanis International, a worldwide service organization whose mission is, “Serving the Children of the World.” Locally the Ann Arbor Kiwanis Club, which raises funds through its weekly “Thrift Sale” and “Warehouse Sale,” will distribute well over $200,000 this year to assist local nonprofit groups in improving opportunities for the children and youth of the greater Ann Arbor Community.
About the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
Offering more than 250 interactive exhibits, the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum attracts over 280,000 visitors annually who discover the wonder of science, technology, engineering, art, and math. In addition to exhibits and public programming, the Museum offers award-winning distance learning and outreach programming to schools, libraries, and community centers statewide and around the world. Visit www.aahom.org or call 734.995.5439 for more information.