The Georgetown-Millsboro Rotary presented its 2020 community grant awards Feb. 25 at Mulligan's Pointe Golf and Country Club in Georgetown.
The club shared $12,198 with seven nonprofit agencies doing community work that reflects the ideals of Rotary.
The grants included $2,700 for the ARK of Refuge Mission-Shelter Inc. The funds will be used to renew the table and chairs, and serving equipment at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church for the meals the ARK provides to the homeless in the greater Millsboro community.
La Esperanza in Georgetown received $2,500 to support its immigration department staff and citizenship trainers as they assist those in the community seeking advice and counsel on their immigration status, filling out documentation to complete residency and the citizenship process.
Primeros Pasos, also in Georgetown, received $2,500 to help create an interactive music program for underserved children that focuses on fun and creative learning.
Kody’s Kids received $1,500 to help develop DVDs for the Reading with Kody O’Bear outreach program, which helps enhance the Kody’s Kids reading program provided to Title 1 schools and programs.
Barbara K. Brooks Transition House Inc. received $1,498 to provide a commercial washing machine and dryer. The home offers a place to live for women in various stages of recovery from life-controlling addictions. The new machines will be energy and environmentally friendly, supporting another area of Rotary ideals.
Boy Scout Troop 95 received $1,000 to help provide camper scholarships to Boy Scout summer camp.
The Shepherd’s Office in Georgetown received $500 to help support its program that provides meals to the homeless and hungry in the greater Georgetown area.
Earlier this year, the Georgetown-Millsboro Rotary Club shared more than $13,000 with other area nonprofits including: the Harry K Foundation, Clothing Our Kids, Sussex County Code Purple Shelters, First State Community Action Agency Thanksgiving Dinner, The Christian Storehouse, and eight scholarships to send students from Sussex Tech, Sussex Academy and Delmarva Christian High School to the Rotary Youth Leadership Award event held over President’s Day weekend in Ocean City, Md. So far this year, the club has donated more than $25,000 back into the community.
The funds for these grants came from the Flags for Heroes project that places flags in Georgetown and Millsboro on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Veterans Day. Last year, 505 flags were sponsored, raising more than $25,000.
For more information, to donate or support these community efforts, contact any Georgetown-Millsboro Rotary Club member or go to www.georgetownmillsbororotaryclub.org/flags_for_heroes.