Opus Awards $45,000 Grant to Nationwide Childrens Hospital Foundation

January 16, 2009

The Opus Foundation recently awarded a $45,000 grant to Nationwide Childrens Hospital Foundation to provide support for the hospitals Reach Out and Read program.

Reach Out and Read is a pediatric literacy program dedicated to encouraging family literacy activities prior to a childs entrance into the school system. Its goal is to increase the school-readiness skills of low income preschool children. As the program has expanded, so have its funding needs. This grant establishes a volunteer coordinator position vital to sustaining the structure of the volunteer program, and fosters new relationships with community, volunteer and school organizations.

Andy Weeks, vice president of Business Development for Opus and president of Nationwide Childrens Hospitals Development Board, is pleased Opus and Nationwide Childrens have collaborated to promote the awareness and importance of pediatric literacy. Reach Out and Read is a terrific program, and Opus is honored to be part of this community effort.

Opus Group is a $2.2 billion national real estate development company with nearly 2,000 employees in 26 offices throughout North America. Opus continually shows its agility to diversify by developing a wide array of projects, from industry-leading corporate campuses to complex lifestyle/mixed-use developments that incorporate upscale retail, multifamily, office and municipal buildings in growing communities across the country.

Since Opus was founded in 1953, philanthropy has been at the core of the organization. Opus has contributed 10 percent of its pretax profits to community and nonprofit organizations. The tradition that started more than 50 years ago continues to guide their work today.

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.5 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at NationwideChildrens.org.