The Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club distributed $16,000 in grants to eight local organizations earlier this summer. 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 the quality of life for Evanston residents most in need. Issues related to education, hunger, homelessness, employment and health were the primary concerns for funding consideration.
The 2013 grant recipients include Evanston Scholars for conducting a leadership retreat and an intense college readiness and support program for low-income and first-generation students; Fellowship of Afro-American Men (FAAM) Youth Basketball Tutoring Program for 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.
Club members raised money for these grants, which ranged from $500 to $3000, through sales of poinsettias and other florals, hams, citrus and nuts at holiday time as well as donations from members and other supporters.