Volunteers at Evanston School Children’s Clothing Association, located in the Joseph Hill Education Center. In a typical year, more than 600 District 65 (K-8) children are referred to ESCCA by a school health clerk. Each child receives a week’s worth of school-appropriate clothing at no cost.

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The Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club (ELRC) provided a grant of $1,000 to the Evanston School Children Clothing Association (ESCCA) through their Community Service Committee. This was matched by the Rotary District 6440 with an additional $1,000 for a total of $2,000. ELRC has been a proud sponsor of the all-volunteer organization for the past several years.

The theme of this year’s grant is to support local organizations and programs that help create, improve, and enhance an ideal quality of life for those Evanston residents most in need. This theme fits perfectly ESCCA’s mission that “No child should miss a day of school for need of warm study clothing.”

In addition to providing the $2,000 grant, the Lighthouse Club Rotarians participated in one of the ESCCA “serves” on Oct. 20, where several children were fitted with warm coats, sweaters, footwear etc. It was a unique experience and a joy to see the children carefully and considerately select the clothing they wanted to try and ultimately make their choices.

With the support from the community, the Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club expects to continue supporting ESCCA in the years to come.