Community Grants Announced
Congratulations to 826Michigan, Alpha House, Ann Arbor Symphony, Ann Arbor YMCA, Children’s Literacy Network, Community Music School, Family Learning Institute, Food Gatherers, Leslie Science and Nature Center, Ozone House, Peace Neighborhood Center, and Washtenaw Literacy and Washtenaw Success by 6 who shared $61,374 awarded by the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor during the 2016-2016 fiscal year.
This year, fifteen Community Allocations Committee members read 32 applications requesting funding totaling $141.236. In addition to those mentioned above, agencies seeking financial help included The Agrarian Adventure, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor Hands on Museum, Arts Alliance and Artrain, Avalon Housing, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washtenaw County, Blessings in a Backpack, Boy Scouts-Southern Shore Council, CivCity Initiative, Dispute Resolution Center, Ele's Place, Friends in Deed, Hands Across the Water, The Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan, Jewish Family Services, North Star Reach, SOS Community Services, Summer Camp Scholarships, and Washtenaw Camp Placement.
The description of the funded applications follows:
826Michigan: $5,000 for their 2016-2017 Publishing Program, which places volunteers in classrooms and community centers in underserved communities in Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor, and Detroit to assist hundreds of students, aged 6-18, to prepare high-quality publications.
IHN at Alpha House: $5,000 for enhancement of its Children’s Services Program, mainly by improving the downstairs play area and tutoring.
Ann Arbor Symphony: $5,000 to support its program of KinderConcerts in partnership with Washtenaw County schools and libraries for the 2016-2017 season.
Ann Arbor YMCA: $2,990 to provide scholarships for needy children to participate in their 2016 Summer Camp Program.
Children’s Literacy Network: $3,000 to support their summer reading program which provides books to socioeconomic disadvantaged students.
Community Music School of Ann Arbor: $5,000 to support the Cooperative Outreach Music Program, a partnership between the Community Music School of Ann Arbor and the Ann Arbor Public Schools supporting at-risk youth in music studies.
Family Learning Institute: $4,884 to support their Saturday Math Tutoring Program for at-risk elementary school students.
Food Gatherers: $5,000 to expand coverage of their Healthy School Pantry Program for the next academic year. This program provides food for needy families through programs in the public schools.
Leslie Science and Nature Center: $5,000 to support the “Wellness Through Nature” program at C. S. Mott Children’s Hospital providing educational materials that bring nature into the hospital setting.
Ozone House: $5,000 to enhance the experiences available for youth at their “Drop-In” center, where youth ages 13-20 may “drop in” during after school hours to participate in creative expression programs.
Peace Neighborhood Center: $3,000 to support the Leadership Development Camp at which teaches youth the tools necessary to be a positive role model to their younger peers and siblings.
- Washtenaw Literacy: $5,000 to support The Self-Determined Parent Project to improve the basic skills of low-literate parents of children in grades 2 - 5 who are enrolled in interventional tutoring.
In August 2015, a special grant of $7,500, including matching funds from Rotary District 6380, was awarded to Washtenaw Success By 6 Great Start Collaborative to help provide an Imagination Library book each month, for one year, to 200 low-income children in Ypsilanti in support of their early literacy program.
Congratulations to Food Gatherers, SafeHouse Center, 826Michigan, Girls Group, Arbor Hospice, Friends in Deed, Washtenaw Elementary Science Olympiad, Corner Health Center, Community Action Network, Peace Neighborhood Center, ENL (En Nuestra Lengua), and Washtenaw Success by Six, who shared $56,500 awarded by the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor during the 2014-2015 fiscal year.
This year, fourteen Community Allocations Committee members read 37 applications requesting funding totalling $164,496. In addition to those mentioned above, agencies seeking financial help included Ann Arbor Women's Group, Ann Arbor Youth Chorale, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washtenaw County, Boy Scouts-Southern Shore Council, Child Care Network, Children's Literacy Network, Community Music School of Ann Arbor, Dispute Resolution Center, Ele's Place, FLY Children's Art Center, Foundations-Preschool of Washtenaw County, Girls on the Run, Habitat for Humanity, IHN at Alpha House, Leslie Science & Nature Center, Michigan Abilities Center, Neutral Zone, Ozone House, People Dancing & Dance in the Mitten, Performance Network, Schola Atrium, SOS Community Services, Summer Camp Scholarships, Sweet Dreamzzz, Washtenaw Camp Placement.
The description of the funded applications follows:
Food Gatherers: to expand coverage of their Healthy School Pantry Program from five to 10 schools for the current academic year. This program provides food for needy families through programs in the public schools.
SafeHouse Center: to support the Children's Advocate position in SafeHouse Center's emergency shelter.
826Michigan: for their 2015-2016 Publishing program, which places volunteers in classrooms and community centers in underserved communities in Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor, and Detroit to assist hundreds of students, aged 6-18, to prepare high-quality publications.
Girls Group: to assist with the expansion of their in-school programming which provides motivation, role models, academic support, anger and stress management, and self-advocacy skills to girls in middle school and follows them through high school and college.
Arbor Hospice: to support their pediatric grief support services.
Friends in Deed: to support their bed drive program that places new cribs and beds in the homes of needy families.
Washtenaw Elementary Science Olympiad: to support this year's Elementary Science Olympiad, to be held on Saturday, May 30 at Pioneer High School.
Corner Health Center: to support emergency patient assistance; to provide a flexible source of discretionary support for use by clinicians to address urgent unmet needs of CHC patients that prevent them from taking proper care of themselves or their children.
Community Action Network: to assist in integrating a new literacy program into the Community Action Network's after school and summer programs beginning this summer. The program is currently used in the Ann Arbor Public Schools that CAN students attend and it has been recommended by the AAPS literacy coordinator and teachers.
Peace Neighborhood Center: toward the costs of its Leadership Development Camp (LDC), an age-specific program for middle school students that runs each summer as a part of Peace Neighborhood Center’s integrated Summer Youth Services (SYS).
ENL (En Nuestra Lengua): to support operations of their Saturday literacy program for at-risk English-learning students.
Washtenaw Success By Six: to help provide an Imagination Library book each month, for one year, to 200 low-income children in Ypsilanti in support of their Focus on Early Literacy program.
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