The Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club distributed $16,000 in grants to eight local organizations today during its morning meeting in Evanston.

The Club’s Community Service Committee chose the winning groups from more than 40 grant applicants.

The group supports local organizations and programs that help create, improve, and enhance an ideal quality of life for  Evanston residents most in need.  Issues related to education, hunger, homelessness, employment and health were  the priority concerns for funding consideration. 

The 2013 grant recipients are:

  • Evanston Scholars for conducting a leadership retreat, an intense college readiness and support program for low-income and first-generation students.
  • Fellowship of Afro-American Men (FAAM) Youth Basketball Tutoring Program providing the support and assistance needed to be better students.
  • Justin Wynn Fund for six soup kitchen events manned by members of the Justin Wynn Leadership Academy.
  • Evanston150 “Learn To Work & Work To Learn” Task Force for an action summit conference to create educational and career opportunities for at-risk youth.
  • JJ’s List for a disability awareness training program for leaders of Evanston civic organizations and business organizations.
  • Nurture for providing a family program which promotes healthy diets to low-income families.
  • The Giving Hand Foundation Dental Access Days serving adults and children regardless of their ability to pay.
  • YWCA Evanston/North Shore for teaching Evanston children to swim through partnerships with District 65 and Evanston-based aquatics programs and pools.

Funds for  grant requests, which ranged from $500 to $3000, 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 Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club has a membership of more than 85 business, professional and community men and women who meet weekly and support community, educational and international projects and organizations.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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