WESTPORT — Newman’s Own Foundation has awarded the Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service with a $35,000 grant.

The funding provided through this grant is expected to be used to help the Westport EMS save lives and educate others within the community. There are nearly 120 volunteer EMS providers involved in the non-profit organization. As a volunteer organization, it relies heavily on grants and donations.

“We are thankful for this life-saving grant and proud to say it will serve our community with every 911 call that we respond to, with every class that we teach, and with every life that we save,” said Yves Cantin, EMT Crew Chief and Westport volunteer EMS president.

The Newman’s Own Foundation is an independent foundation that was created by the late actor and philanthropist, Paul Newman. The grant is a part of the foundation’s celebration of 35 years since Paul Newman began the company.

“We are privileged to continue his extraordinary mission through our support for Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service and other organizations doing important work,” said Bob Forrester, President and CEO of Newman’s Own Foundation and Executive Chairman of Newman’s Own.

The Westport EMS organization is not the only non-profit to receive a $35,000 grant. Fifteen organizations in total received the grant.