2018 GRANT RECIPIENTS

ARTS & CULTURE: BALDWIN COUNTY YOUTH ORCHESTRA

Baldwin Strings Academy

Grant funding will pay for additional string instruments that will allow for the expansion of the Baldwin County Youth Orchestra after-school strings program.  Children in elementary schools in Elberta, Foley and Summerdale will now have access to this musical enrichment.  A brand-new program for middle school students in Robertsdale is included in this project. Grant funds will also be used to cover instructor fees at all schools.

EDUCATION: FAIRHOPE POINT CLEAR ROTARY YOUTH PROGRAMS, INC.

Creating a Healthier Academic Environment

Grant funding will be used to restore, enhance and improve the Rotary Youth Club gymnasium, which houses a library, tech classroom and teen room. The enhancements will help them meet current safety standards, be energy efficient and made usable for the needs of children pre-K through high school, as well as the community.

ENVIRONMENT, PRESERVATION & RECREATION:
THE MIRACLE LEAGUE OF COASTAL ALABAMA, INC.

Miracle League All Inclusive Recreational Park

This grant will provide special playground equipment for the new all-inclusive park in Summerdale, designed to enable persons with special needs to play side-by-side with their family and friends. The special equipment being purchased will include a sensory/music station, a “ZipKrooz” zip line with a chair, spinners, a wheelchair glider and swing set, ramps and more.

FAMILY: VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA SOUTHEAST/LIGHT OF THE CITY

Light the Way Family Initiative 

Grant funds will provide for improvements and upgrades to the former Douglasville High School Campus, including construction of a 24’ x 24’ event and community gathering pavilion, resurfacing the gymnasium floor, creation of a 1/10-mile walking track, and the development of a community garden area.

HEALTH & WELLNESS: BIG FISH MINISTRIES

Facilitating Change, Championing Freedom, Fostering Hope

This grant will expand Big Fish Ministries’ residential treatment program to include women, allowing them to purchase the property currently housing the men’s program and convert it to a much- needed women’s facility.

I like the careful granting process that ensures my donation is used effectively.

Yolanda Johnson, member since 2013