Philadelphia Rotary Making A Difference For The Better!

The Rotary Foundation of Philadelphia, the charity arm of the Rotary Club of Philadelphia, has just completed distribution of its annual grant awards for fiscal year, 2018-2019.

More than $32,000.00 has been distributed among 20 different needy organizations in the Philadelphia community and beyond.

“Our outreach via small grant awards is a meaningful way to positively touch lives,” said Rotary Foundation of Philadelphia President, Joseph Batory. “Rotary is all about caring and then doing.  The Philadelphia Rotary is The Little Engine that cares and then does!”

The Rotary Club of Philadelphia, the 19th oldest Rotary club in the world, is one of 34,000 Rotary Clubs worldwide making good things happen in their communities and beyond. Additionally, Philadelphia Rotary members have been involved with  a myriad of “hands-on” volunteer “service projects” during 2018-2019.

Here are the recipients of Rotary Foundation of Philadelphia grants this year:

  1. $2500.00   Ekenywa Water Well Project to provide a new clean water well in Kenya
  2.   $1500.00   Beat The Streets…city organization that mentors and supports high     school age students through athletic participation and academic support.

3.  $2000.00   Musicopia …city organization dedicated to restoring and invigorating music in city schools….currently building Drumline student participation in schools.

4. 2000.00   St. Christopher’s Hospital Thanksgiving Project/Share Project, Inc.  (to support packaged Thanksgiving Dinners for more than 350+ patient families.

5. $1000.00 Gituri School in Kenya to improve sanitation facilities.

6. $2500.00   Liguori Academy Student Scholarship to Naadiyah Allen-Vereen…Liguori is an independent high school serving needy students from Lower Kensington.

7. $590.00   Rotary Leadership Weekend at the Valley Forge Freedom’s Foundation in February for two Liguori Academy students to participate.

8. $500.00   Rotary High School Exchange Student Stipend to Eduard Skolnik from the Czech Republic who is attending Cheltenham High School in 2018-2019

9. $3000.00    Philadelphia READS to create “Little   READS Libraries” for daycare and pre-k classrooms in Philadelphia designed to spark a love of reading in students at an early age and encourage parents to take an active role in their child’s education….. These libraries will serve as a resource for in-class learning, as well as a source for building “home libraries” and in-home reading.

10. $2500.00     Broad Street Ministry for the funding of a dinner for 500+ homeless individuals.

11. $2500.00     Summer Search Philadelphia…A program to motivate and encourage inner city youth to pursue higher education following high school.

12. $2500.00   Philadelphia McDonald House for families staying in Philadelphia while their children receive pediatric care/treatment at Children’s Hospital.

13. $1200.00    2019 Philly Peace Day activities set for this coming September.  Our Foundation has been an annual supporter of Peace Day Philly for the past few years.

14. $644.46    Wheelchairs4kids to purchase an adaptive stroller for a Philadelphia 12-year-old with cerebral palsy. This will insure she can safely ride the bus to school.

15. $1800.00  Rotaplast to fund three surgical operations for cleft palates and serious burns on an upcoming mission overseas.

16. $750.00   Creescenz VA Local Center (Philadelphia) to fund personal needs, activities and food at the Center’s Behavioral Health Unit which are sponsored by the Independence Hall Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

17. $1500.00  Community Integrated Services of Philadelphia which serves 1500 residents with intellectual, physical and mental disabilities, helping them to gain employment and become productive citizens.

18. $750.00   VA Medical Regional Center in Coatesville to fund personal care needs for veterans from the tri State areas of Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware.

19. $1000.00  Hosts for Hospitals program to provide housing for families of hospitalized persons.

20. $1000.00  Wyck Association Community Engagement and Outreach programs from this historic house and gardens.






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