Rotary club spreads grants to non-profits

Recipients of grants at Rotary breakfast (Photo by John Searles)

The Rotary Club of Evanston Lighthouse distributed $17,500 in community service grants today to 16 not-for-profit organizations serving the hungry, the needy, the young, and the old.

Most of the funds came from sale of flowers, fruits, and hams during the holiday season each year, as well as the annual Taste of Evanston benefit that the club held Sunday.

The 31-year-old club is the second oldest in Evanston and is affiliated with the more than 35,000 clubs worldwide that belong to Evanston-based Rotary International. Its weekly breakfast meetings are held Tuesdays at the Hilton Garden Inn Evanston.

Once a year, the club’s Community Services Committee reviews grant proposals from dozens of Evanston non-profits. The theme for this year’s grants was the support of “organizations and programs that help improve the quality of life for Evanston residents most in need,” with priority given to those in the areas of education, hunger, homelessness, employment, and health.

Following is a list of this year’s recipients:

Books & Breakfast, a daily before-school program offering a nutritious breakfast and academic assistance to students in need of additional support.

Bundled Blessings, a diaper pantry whose mission is to supply diapers to families in need through partnerships with local service agencies.

Connections for the Homeless, to provide people who have no shelter with more access both to case management and to basic necessities.

Dental Access Days, two-day clinics staffed by local dental professionals to provide free services to the most vulnerable citizens in Evanston.

EatPlayLearn, a group that builds critical life skills through youths’ love of sports. The grant will help provide a healthy breakfast every day of camp.

Evanston School Children’s Clothing Association, an organization that provides clothing and shoes for dozens of homeless and otherwise needy children in Evanston.

Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse, a workforce training program.

Friends of Evanston Farmers Markets, for supplements to government Link cards (food stamps) that help needy families purchase fresh, locally grown food at Evanston’s farmers markets.

Josselyn Center, for mental health care services for low-income clients.

James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy, for legal, social work, and psychological services to low-income Evanston children with special needs and their families.

North Shore Senior Center for services that help grandparents below the poverty line who are raising their grandchildren.

PEER Services, for addiction treatment for young adults.

Services for Adults Staying in Their Homes (SASI), for specialized caregiver training in caring for adults with Alzheimer’s disease.

Search, Inc., an organization that empowers individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The Floured Apron, a nonprofit bakery job training and mentoring program for women from underserved communities.

YWCA Evanston/North Shore, to provide desktop computers and a printer for use by women who will reside in long-term supportive housing for survivors of domestic violence.

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