News From Terre Haute, Indiana

November 15, 2011

Vigo groups gain $7K in grants from Rotary Foundation

The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Vigo County non-profit organizations that provide medical services, youth programs, eye glasses for the uninsured and support to education are among 10 groups that received donations totaling $7,000 recently from the Terre Haute Rotary Club Foundation.

The check presentations took place during the Rotary club’s weekly meeting at the Holiday Inn.

• The Rotary Foundation presented a $1,155 donation to Catholic Charities of Terre Haute for its Ryves Youth Center to purchase educational and recreational supplies.

• Donations of $1,000 each were given to St. Ann Clinic to purchase eye glasses for the uninsured; to the League of Terre Haute for its clothes closet and dental education projects; and to the Crossroads of America Boy Scouts Council for its Reaching for Tomorrow Character Education program.

• The Vigo County Education Foundation received a $600 check to support  Reading Recovery, a summer reading and writing program for elementary students.

• The Union Hospital Foundation, Terre Haute Women’s Club and Hamilton Center each received $500 donations.

The Union Hospital Foundation will use the donation for its mammogram assistance program.

The contribution to the Women’s Club will help support the Shoe Bus project to provide new shoes to underprivileged children.

A therapeutic preschool visit to the Terre Haute Children’s Museum will be made possible by the Rotary Foundation’s donation to Hamilton Center.

• The Vigo County CASA Kids program was presented a $450 donation to support its activities and services for children.

• The summer youth art program at the Sheldon Swope Art Museum received a $300 check.

The grants are part of the local Rotary Foundation's allocation of $11,000 annually to benefit the local community.

Other Foundation funds create scholarships for Terre Haute North Vigo High School students, and give other local students the opportunity to benefit from Rotary youth leadership programs.

The Terre Haute Rotary Club also donates funds each year to support worldwide programs through the Rotary International Foundation.

The Terre Haute Rotary Club has received district awards for its community service to assist many organizations ranging from the sponsorship of its annual Goodwill Drive to providing volunteers for the Salvation Army, and Rotary Reads program.   

The Terre Haute Rotary Club is the 84th oldest among 33,000 Rotary clubs worldwide and is the second oldest Rotary Club in Indiana.