Community grants program funds five worthy local causes

 The Ithaca Rotary Club is pleased to announce the awardees for its 2012 round of community grants. The five grantee organizations will be honored at a check presentation during Rotary’s lunch meeting on Wednesday, September 19 and recognized on stage at the Little Apple Fall Follies event on September 28 at the State Theatre. The public is invited to attend.

The 2012 grant recipients are:


FOODNET/Meals on Wheels                                    $1,000

  • to increase the nutritional quality and variety of foods to the 500 clients who receive meals daily. Will include more nutrient-dense choices once per week for 50 weeks.


Better Housing for Tompkins County          $1,000

  • to help four elders with an average of $250 worth of home repair materials, which may include replacing flooring; fixing steps, stairs, and hand railings; installing grab bars, hot water tanks, and new toilets.


Challenge Industries                                      $1,200

  • to purchase a Power Slide scanner for Challenge’s Digital Imaging social business, creating job opportunities for individuals with disabilities and increasing production capacity and efficiency.


Southern Tier AIDS Program                                    $750

  • to provide basic hygiene products for people living with HIV/AIDS through “Robbie’s Pantry,” which supplies items that food stamps don’t cover: toilet paper, shampoo, laundry detergent, toothpaste, etc.


Cornell Cooperative Extension - Caroline Youth Services              $750

  •  to offer Caroline youth the opportunity to develop important life skills through cooking. Partially funds food and recipes for 8-week cooking program with community chefs.


Ithaca Rotary’s community grants are intended to promote the quality of life in Tompkins County and the greater Ithaca area. These grants support organizations in the community that have special projects or needs which are not funded by general funding sources. Grants are usually awarded within the range of $200 to $1,000.

Contributions to Rotary’s Community Grants program are gratefully accepted at any time. Donation checks may be made payable to Ithaca Rotary Club and mailed to P.O. Box 306, Ithaca, NY 14851. Please note “Community grants” on the memo line.