The Rotary Club of Winnetka-Northfield Makes Annual Grants to Local and International Charities

April 1, 2010 (Winnetka, IL)  The Rotary Club of Winnetka-Northfield continues its 86 year tradition of supporting the good works of organizations locally and throughout the world with its annual presentation of charitable grants.  Joan Evanich, President of the Winnetka-Northfield Rotary Charitable Foundation, and Rich Lalley, Club President, presided over the presentations at the club's weekly lunch meeting at the Winnetka Community House.


"Rotary is all about "Service Above Self", said Ms. Evanich.  "With these grants we are helping to provide physical and spiritual wellness , shelter and educational assistance to those in need, on the North Shore, in Chicago and in faraway places like Sri Lanka and Senegal."


"These annual grants, made possible through the various fund raising activities by our club, are but one way in which the Rotarians in our club serve.", said Mr. Lalley.  "This past year, our club provided over 750 new winter coats to at-risk children in Chicago, donated dictionaries to all Winnetka and Northfield public school 3rd graders, continued our work with a Montessori school in Uganda, and donated five ShelterBoxes to the post earthquake relief efforts in Haiti and Chile.  Our club also made donations to Rotary International's Polio One campaign working to complete the job of eradicating polio from the world."


Grants were made today to the following organizations:


BEHIV (Better Existence with HIV)  A Chicago based nonprofit organization providing support to people afflicted with HIV and AIDS.  The grant will support direct care and prevention education programs.


Between Friends  A Chicago based nonprofit agency dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence and abuse by providing education, support, counseling, and advocacy services.  The grant will support therapeutic programs for victims of domestic violence.


Holy Family Ministries  A Chicago based nonprofit organization providing safe havens where children and adults learn, grow spiritually, find hope, and broaden life skills.  The grant will support and after school and summer martial arts program which increases self esteem and children's ability to make positive life choices.


Interfaith House Inc.  A Chicago based nonprofit organization providing a healing environment and resources to help ill and injured homeless adults restore their health, rebuild their lives and regain self sufficiency.  The grant will support residential life services for homeless adults.


Interfaith Housing Center of the Northern Suburbs  A Winnetka based nonprofit organization fostering a housing market open to all people.  The grant will support the highly successful "homesharing" program.


  Links- North Shore Youth Health Services  A Northfield based nonprofit organization empowering young people to make informed, responsible decisions about their health, well-being and sexuality.  The grant will underwrite printing of a "Relationship Readiness" brochure.


Literature for All of Us   A Chicago based nonprofit organization that brings the rewards of reading and writing through book group discussions to teen mothers and other young people in underserved neighborhoods.  The grant will support the Parenting Reading program.


Midwest Palliative & Hospice Care Center  A Glenview based nonprofit organization providing end of life care and family grief counseling.  The grant will support a child and teen grief counseling program.


Oakton Community College Educational Foundation  Des Plaines based Oakton Community College's charitable foundation that supports thousands of students, faculty, and staff by supporting compelling College initiatives not met by public funds.  The grant will support the ASSIST program which provides support to students with disabilities with the purchase of Kurzweil 3000 software, a reading, study skill, and writing program that educators use to meet the needs of struggling learners, including ELL students and students with special needs.


RightStart4Kids   A Chicago based nonprofit organization supporting childhood wellness and educational initiatives in the U.S. and Southeast Asia.  The grant will provide 4 netbook computers and e-learning software for a pilot project with Children's Memorial Hospital supporting children requiring extended hospital stays.


Trinity United Methodist Church  A Wilmette parish.  The grant will support the churches work in Senegal to train community health workers.


The Father Paul Foundation  A Wilmette based charitable foundation supporting counseling and life training programs for post tsunami and civil war victims in Sri Lanka.  The grant will support vocational training.


The Josselyn Center  A Northfield based community mental health center providing high quality interdisciplinary mental health, substance abuse and related services for children, adolescents, adults and families without regard to their ability to pay.  The grant will support the center's clinical programming.