Non-profits get boost from Rotary
On Tuesday, 15 Park City organizations got a piece of a $16,000 pot.
The Rotary Club awarded grants that ranged between $500 and $1,500 to various non-profit organizations, said Mike Andrews, the co-chair of the grants community for the Rotary Club.
Every year, he said, there seems to be a theme about who gets a grant, depending on the mix of advocates and perceived needs in the community.
"This year’s grants tend to focus on programs for children," Andrews said. "Many of the programs this year are supporting young people and education in nature."
Andrews said the committee was looking at programs that "head off" potential problems and provide children with constructive opportunities.
"These opportunities might not be available without our support," Andrews said. "If you are assisting young people, you are assisting those students and children but also helping to create a more solid future for our community."
One of those opportunites is the Park City Jazz Foundation’s student music program, especially during the Jazz Festival.
"Thanks to the Rotary Club, we can continue to offer festival day education where visiting world-class artists mentor Park City students," said Julie Hooker, the Park City Jazz Foundation’s development director.
The organizations receiving grants included Arts-kids, for their first film camp and other scholarships; Holy Cross Ministries, for its reading intervention program; Park City High School Parent Teacher Student Organization, Another Way Montessori School, the National Ability Center’s program for the Jump-In leadership training for high school students; and a Park City education program for at-risk kindergarteners.
The Rotary Club also gave out matching grants to the Park City Extreme Soccer Club, Friends of Animals summer camp for at-risk students and Rosey’s Car Seats for Kids.
Sydney Reed, of the Park City Historical Society, said the money her organization will receive will "ensure that all children in Park City will be able to know the history of the town and heritage and understand the spirit of Park City."
Aside from children’s programs, the Rotary Club also allotted grants for the People’s Health Clinic for diabetic medicine, Habitat for Humanity and to Utah Recycling to make a documentary on recycling and waste disposal.
"Park City Recycling and the People’s Health Clinic are programs that have been long in existence and have demonstrated an impact in the community over the years, those programs always need assistance, the need for assistance never goes away," Andrews said.
Andrew Sipherd, the executive director of the People’s Health Clinic, said the money is crucial for the well-being of many patients.
"The money we receive will go to helping diabetic and hypertensive patients receive medications and supplies they wouldn’t otherwise receive," Sipherd said.
"We tend to provide support for programs that do have a community-wide impact for health care and the uninsured," Andrews added.
Greta Andreini, of Recycle Utah, said their grant will help them create a recycling documentary directed at the Hispanic community.
"It will be good for kids and all of the workforce to be educated about recycling," Andreini said.
"Taking care of waste in this town is high on the list," Andrews said. "They have a long-standing record of good contribution for our community and, also, the Friends of Animals’ reach is beyond the immediate organization."
Habitat for Humanity received a grant that will "enable us to pay for counter tops and installations at a home in Kamas," said Julie Bernhard, executive director for Habitat for Humanity. "Habitat does more than just build houses; it builds homes and enriches lives."
Andrews said there were about eight organizations that applied but were denied grants.
"There were a couple requests that were not in the areas we felt the Rotary Club should be involved with," Andrews said. "Basically, we thought that the programs that we supported have a direct impact on quality of life and affect a significant number of residents in our community."
Questions they faced when deciding what organization should receive a grant were, "Does this program have an impact on our community directly and how does it serve them in short and long term?" Andrews said.
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