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Bridgestone donates $47,015
Bridgestone donated $47,015 to several organizations during its annual luncheon. Pictured is Childrens Advocacy Center director Martha Phillips accepting a check for $7,000 from Bridgestone plant manager John Stewart.

Bridgestone Warren Plant distributed $47,015 in donations to local nonprofits at its annual luncheon last Wednesday at Bridgestone Learning Center.
Bridgestone plant manager John Stewart made the presentations, saying Bridgestone is pleased to provide funding so these organizations can continue much-needed services to local residents.
“We want to welcome you and thank you for what you do in the community,” said Stewart. “This is to show our appreciation for what you guys do. Thank you. We really appreciate it.”
Bridgestone local donations:
• West Elementary School was given $2,015. The school requested assistance to expand its student one-to-one technology. By exposing students to more technology opportunities, the school hopes to show gains in state test scores. The school will be purchasing Promethean ActiveBoards with the donation.
• Kids of the Community was given $6,000. In the fall of 2000, organization leadership embarked upon an adventure that has proven to be beneficial to thousands of underserved area youth. Their efforts toward redirecting young lives in our community have made a tremendous impact. During 2015, Kids of the Community planned and conducted 176 events.
• Children’s Advocacy Center was given $7,000. Last year, there were 683 reports of child maltreatment within the 31st Judicial District. Of those, 120 cases were classified as severe child abuse or neglect which then culminated in the completion of 243 individual counseling sessions.
• Families in Crisis was given $7,000. During the last fiscal year, FIC provided shelter for 98 survivors of domestic violence for a total of 1,332 bed nights and provided non-shelter services such as court advocacy, housing assistance, transportation, medical financial assistance, and counseling to an additional 432 victims of domestic violence.  Last year, FIC answered over 2,200 crisis calls through its 24-hour crisis line.
• Warren County Senior Center was given $7,000. Services delivered by the Senior Center range from basic to comprehensive.
• Meals on Wheels was given $8,000. The organization provided nutritious meals that are hand-delivered to elderly and disabled by dedicated volunteers to 204 different individuals for a total of 47,109 meals in fiscal year 2015 -2016.
• Foundation for Educational Progress in Warren County was given $10,000. The funds will be earmarked for the proposed Advanced Robotics Training program at Warren County High School.
Founded in 1952, the Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund supports a wide variety of important charities and civic organizations in the United States, particularly in those markets it calls home.