CLEMSON — Community service organizations in Pickens and Oconee Counties recently received Rotary grants to support local programs.
Grant funds were generated by the Clemson Rotary club’s public fund-raising events: an oyster roast in October and a beer and wine tasting in February. Meetings are held Mondays at noon at Occasions at Wedgefield; visitors and prospective members are welcome.
“We appreciate the community participation in Rotary events that generate our grant funds,” said outgoing Clemson Rotary president Donna McCubbin. “We also are very pleased to support local organizations that provide services needed by children and families in our area.”
McCubbin presented the grants on June 23 as the last official act of her yearlong term as president; Keith Ray was installed on June 30 as president for 2014-15.
Grants and their purpose are:
• Clemson Child Development Center to provide scholarships for early childhood education
• Clemson Community Care to assist with utility bill payments for limited resource families
• Clemson Free Clinic to provide oral inhalers for patients with asthma or other respiratory conditions
• Clemson University Rotaract to support the Rotary-affiliated student organization’s community service projects such as Relay for Life
• Collins Children’s Home to meet educational, emotional and medical needs of children who are unable to live with their families due to neglect or abuse
• Emerson Rose Heart Foundation to assist Upstate families who have children with a congenital heart defect
• Family Promise of Pickens County to assist homeless families while they work to overcome their situation
• Foothills Area YMCA to provide scholarships for children’s summer day camp
• Girl Scouts to assist girls’ participation in local programs such as career exploration and outdoor activities
• Oconee Hospice of the Foothills to provide a therapeutic camp for children who have lost a loved one
• Ripple of One to empower families to move beyond government assistance through one-on-one mentoring
• Safe Harbor to provide safe shelter and support services for victims of domestic violence
• Safe Kids Upstate to prevent drowning deaths by teaching water safety to kindergarten children
• Students With A Goal (SWAG) Afterschool Club to provide neighborhood-based programs for academic support and character development for children in grades K-5
• Upstate Center for the Arts to provide scholarships for children’s after school and summer art programs