The Rotary Club of Evanston Lighthouse handed out checks totaling $15,000 Tuesday to 10 local charities that serve Evanston’s most vulnerable residents.

It was the 25-year-old club’s annual Community Grant Awards, in which the club distributes some of the profits from its December holiday sale of fruit, flowers, hams, and other holiday-related foodstuffs.

The club chose as its theme this year to “support local organizations and programs that help build a strong community by meeting the needs of Evanston’s most vulnerable residents, including youth, seniors, the unemployed, and the under-employed.”

At its regular Tuesday morning breakfast meeting, Community Service Chair Steve Goranson presented checks to the following organizations:

Child Care Center of Evanston, Inc., for its Family Child Care Connections scholarship program.
Childcare Network of Evanston, to support low-income working parents who cannot pay the full cost for quality day care and early education.

Fellowship of Afro-American Men (FAAM) for its youth tutoring program.

Family Promise Chicago North Shore to provide emergency shelter, food, and supportive services to homeless families.

Infant Welfare Society of Evanston to provide early interventions to infants and toddlers at risk for developmental delays, social challenges, and future academic struggles.

Interfaith Action of Evanston for funds to pay for transportation to job interviews for homeless members of the Evanston community as they pursue employment opportunities.

Justin Wynn Fund in its program to aid several local soup kitchens.

Kingsley Green Acres-Kingsley Elementary School PTA to support the Kingsley Shares Garden that last year grew and donated about 300 pounds of fresh produce for a local food pantry.

North Shore Senior Center for nutritional support for its program of low-income grandparents raising grandchildren.

The LD Pankey Institute to support its Pankey Dental Access Days that treats low-income patients in need of dental treatment, particularly residents of the YWCA’s battered women shelter.

The Rotary Club of Evanston Lighthouse is one of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs throughout the world. Some of the funds it raises also goes for international projects, such as Rotary’s program for eradicating polio worldwide.

Top: Representatives of the groups receiving the grants gathered at this morning’s Rotary meeting.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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