Grainger Foundation donates to IJAMS

The Grainger Foundation has donated $5,000 to Ijams Nature Center, Inc. in support of its new adaptive programming series for people with physical and developmental disabilities.

“This gift will help launch our new adaptive paddling program on the Mead’s Quarry Lake and Tennessee River,” said Paul James, Executive Director of Ijams. “We will be able to open up opportunities for people of all ability levels to experience the outdoors in ways that have not been possible before at Ijams. We are grateful to The Grainger Foundation for its generosity.”

The donation will support the purchase of seats, braces, and paddles, as well as provide funding for staff training. In the future, Ijams hopes to expand adaptive recreational programming to include hiking, rock climbing, and more.

This donation was recommended by Russell Rumpp, Market Manager of W.W. Grainger, Inc.’s, Knoxville region. Grainger has been a part of the Knoxville business community for nearly 60 years as the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair, and operating products. “We are proud to support the adaptive programs offered by Ijams Nature Center,” says Rumpp. “We understand the need for everyone in our community to have the opportunity to experience the natural world around them.”

The Grainger Foundation, an independent, private foundation based in Lake Forest, Illinois, was established in 1949 by William W. Grainger, founder of W.W. Grainger, Inc.

Ijams Nature Center is a 300-acre urban greenspace encouraging stewardship of the natural world by providing engaging outdoor experiences for people of all ages.

Grainger check presentation
Grainger Market Manager Russell Rumpp presents check to Ijams Executive Director Paul James. Also pictured: Benjy Darnell, local climber, and Laura Jones, adaptive paddling volunteer. Photo submitted.