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Lighthouse Rotary awards $13,500 in grants

The Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club presented $13,500 in grants to 13 Evanston organizations this morning at its weekly meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Grants were awarded to the following organizations:

The Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club presented $13,500 in grants to 13 Evanston organizations this morning at its weekly meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Grants were awarded to the following organizations:

  • Child Care Center of Evanston, Inc. for its Family Child Care Connections Scholarship Program ($1,000)
  • Connections for the Homeless for the Getting Started program ($1,000)
  • Cub Scout Pack 929 for a Scholarship Fund ($900)
  • Evanston Community Development Corporation Second Chance Produce Phase II ($700)
  • Evanston School Children’s Clothing Association (ESCCA) to purchase 45 pairs of gym shoes ($1,000)
  • ETHS District 202 Education Foundation’s Basics for Homeless Students ($1,000)
  • Family Focus Evanston’s Food Haven Community Food Aid Project ($1,500)
  • Justin Wynn Fund Soup Kitchen Project for 2010-2011 ($750)
  • Kingsley Green Acres for seeds to grow food for area soup kitchens ($250)
  • North Shore Senior Center to provide nutritional support for grandfamilies ($1,400)
  • Streetwise for Quality Assurance Team Outreach in Evanston ($1,000)
  • Youth Job Center of Evanston, Inc. Summer Tutors Program ($1,000)
  • Youth Organizations Umbrella (Y.O.U.) for The Rainy Day Fund ($2,000)

Awards were given to organizations whose projects most closely supported the club’s mission statement for the 2009-2010 Rotary year: Support local area organizations and programs that focus on the effect of the economic crisis in the Evanston community.

Poverty issues related to homelessness and hunger, jobs, and education were the group’s main concern and received priority consideration for funding. The club received grant applications from 38 Evanston organizations.

In addition to these grants, the club donated $40,000 to renovate the kitchen at Mary Lou’s Place, a domestic violence shelter for women and their children.

The club has also supported the following community projects during the past year: Golf Road Cleanup (Adopt a Highway), Evanston community Picnic, Lighthouse Beach Cleanup (Alliance for the Great Lakes) and the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Holiday Party.

The funds for these and other club programs, scholarships and exchanges were raised through the holiday sales of plants, nuts, citrus and hams by club members, member donations and other fund-raising efforts.

The club was chartered on June 13, 1985. Its 80 members meet at 7:15 a.m. on Tuesdays at the Hilton Garden Inn.

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