PROVIDENCE - The philanthropic arm of the Rotary Club of Providence has distributed a total of $49,682 in grants to 22 local nonprofits. The grants varied in size from $1,000 to $4,800, and the organizations chosen support their communities in efforts ranging from scholarship assistance to workforce training for at-risk young adults.
Chairman of the Providence Rotary Charities Foundation’s board of trustees, T. Bryan Cook, said in prepared remarks, “This is what Providence Rotarians work all year for. … The special events our members spend countless hours organizing and individual donations combine to allow us to make this positive impact on the community. In Rotary, it’s known by the motto of Service Above Self.”
Blessings in a Backpack, a group working to provide 60 San Miguel School students with food necessities each weekend of the school year, received the largest grant of $4,800. Other groups receiving grant included the following:
Adoption Rhode Island - $2,000, to assist in building a dedicated “Emergency Fund” to help young adults who have “aged out” of foster care.
Camp JORI - $2,000, to provide scholarship assistance for low-income, disadvantaged children.
Camp Ruggles - $2,000, to support partial camperships for children ages 6 to 12 who have emotional and behavioral disabilities.
Camp Surefire - $2,000, to support a week-long resident campership for two children.
Community Preparatory School - $2,500, to fund two summer programs for children in second through eighth grade.
Girl Scouts of Rhode Island - $2,000, to support outreach efforts allowing urban girls to participate in programs designed to build courage, confidence and character.
HeadsUp - $1,000, to support the Summer Jam youth program targeting up to 15 youths, ages 10-13.
Highlander Charter School - $2,500, to support the Intensive Summer Enrichment Program for at-risk urban youth.
J. Arthur Trudeau Memorial Center - $2,000, a matching grant with the East Greenwich and Warwick Rotary clubs for the expansion of the Center’s therapeutic horseback program for children with developmental disabilities.
Pari Independent Living Center - $2,500, to help support independence of disabled individuals.
Providence ¡CityArts for Youth! - $1,000, to fund after-school art classes.
ResilientKids™ - $2,500, to support one year of yoga instruction for 56 students in the Carl Lauro Elementary School.
Shakespeare on the Mount - $1,000, supporting theater students from across the state.
Sophia Academy - $3,215, to support a class that looks at how our culture defines what it means to be a girl and a woman.
Southside Community Land Trust - $1,000, to help support youth education programs at of the Children’s Garden.
Step Up Center International - $2,000, to support Glory Days Day Camp, which is staffed by children who have participated in past years.
The Fund for UCAP - $3,000, to support “Outside Bound” summer programs for the 2013-2014 school year.
The Samaritans - $3,000, to support 12 28-day bus shelter poster locations where Providence school children take public transportation.
The Steel Yard - $2,167, to support one trainee in a workforce training program 18 to 22 years old.
Whitmarsh House - $3,500, to support 100 hours of case management services to help young men aged 18 to 21.
YWCA Rhode Island - $2,000, to support Rosie’s Girls, a summer day camp program for young women.