The Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club distributed over $14,000 in grants to ten local agencies Tuesday during a meeting at Rotary International headquarters in Evanston.

The club’s community service committee chose the winning groups from over 40 grant applicants.

The group sought to focus on local issues related to homelessness, hunger, employment and education in making the grants.

The grant recipients include:

  • Child Care Center of Evanston, Inc. for the Family Child Care Connections Scholarship Program.
  • Connections for the Homeless.
  • Evanston School Children’s Clothing Association for the purchase of winter boots
  • ETHS District 202 Educational Foundation to supply basic school needs for homeless students.
  • Hillside Food Pantry for cold storage expansion.
  • Interfaith Action of Evanston for sleeping mats for hospitality and warming centers.
  • James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy to support the Ask A Lawyer program.
  • Justin Wynn Fund for five soup kitchens manned by members of the Justin Wynn Leadership Academy.
  • Kingsley Green Acres, a large edible garden project at Twiggs Park.
  • Pankey Institute Dental Access Days serving adults and children regardless of their ability to pay.

Funds for the grants, which ranged from $300 to $2500, were raised by club members through sales of poinsettias and other florals, hams, citrus, and nuts at holiday time as well as donations from members and other supporters.

The club has a membership of more than 75 business, professional and community men and women who meet weekly and support community, educational and international projects and organizations.

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