The Rotary Club of Salem recently awarded close to $11,000 to eight local non-profits as a result of their 2017 Spring Small Grant Applications. Requests totaling more than $30,000 were received from 25 applicants. After much deliberation, the following projects were selected.
- United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley – The Smile Drive Dental Kits: funds will be used to complete 1,152 dental kits for young children
- Northwest Human Services – HOST Youth Program: driver’s education training for 5 homeless youth working towards stability and independence.
- Salem Free Clinics – Medications for low-income patients
- Salem Public Library Foundation – Purchase up to 18 titles of Playaway Launchpads that contain educational games
- Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency – for Marion County Mental Health Court participants: appropriate medications for young, childless adults without insurance, as well as incentive reward gift cards to reward treatment plan compliance and sobriety
- Boys & Girls Club of Salem – 180 backpacks with school supplies to be given at their annual health fair
- CASA of Marion County – purchase of specialized case management software for training and monitoring of CASA volunteers
- Center for Hope and Safety – Purchase of five Fire Kids Edition Tablets with over-ear headphones to wear during parent interviews
In announcing the grants, Rotary Club President Steve Ickes said, “The Rotary Club of Salem is known as the club that gets things done, and we are thrilled to be able to present these organizations with funds to get more things done.”