Debbie Hillman of The Talking Farm accepts a ,000 grant from John Searles (right) Community Service chair of the Rotary Club of Evanston Lighthouse.

The Rotary Club of Evanston Lighthouse distributed grants totally $14,000 to a dozen local organizations at its June 9 Club meeting.

John Searles, chairman of the Club’s Community Service Committee, announced the recipients of this year’s annual grants and presented each of the 12 organizations with a check. 

Recipients were chosen by the committee from among 29 applicants based on the committee’s mission to support local organizations and programs that focus on child development, especially those with a relevance to environmental issues.

This year’s recipients include Y.O.U., Total Child Preschool & Childcare Center, Kingsley Elementary School PTA, The Talking Farm, The Shanti Foundation for Peace, Puerta Abierta Preschool, Evanston Community Foundation, Evanston Public Library, Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, Reba Early Learning Center, Evanston Arts Center, and the McGaw YMCA.

Each organization is requested to provide the Club with periodic reports throughout the year on the progress of its programs.