CRIS Radio Receives $15,000 Grant from Hartford Foundation
CRIS Radio, a 34-year-nonprofit and the state's only radio-reading service providing audio access to newspapers, magazines and printed information for people who are blind or print-handicapped, recently received a $15,000 grant from the Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.
CRIS operates with the dedication of nearly 350 volunteers who record articles featured in more than 70 newspapers and magazines. The CRIS mission is to provide access to information most people take for granted, including grocery store circulars and local obituaries. The Hartford Foundation grant will help CRIS continue its broadcast operation at its broadcast center in Windsor and four satellite studios located in Danbury, Norwich, Trumbull and West Haven.
CRIS programs can be heard several ways, including on a special CRIS radio, the CRIS Telephone Reader, online at www.crisradio.org  for streaming live or on-demand recordings, or with any mobile device, including tablets or smartphones.
CRIS is expanding its service to fill the unmet needs of those who are unable to read printed information due to visual, learning, physical, intellectual, or emotional disabilities. Among the new programs are CRISKids(tm), audio recordings of award-winning children's magazines, and CRISKids(tm) For Schools, providing educators with customized recordings for their special needs students.
The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, established in 1925, is the community foundation for 29 cities and towns in Greater Hartford. Dedicated to improving the quality of life for area residents, it receives gifts from thousands of generous individuals and families and awards grants to a broad range of area nonprofit organizations. For more information about Hartford Foundation, visit www.hfpg.org  or call 860-548-1888.
Information about CRIS is available at www.crisradio.org  or by telephoning CRIS at 860-527-8000.