Ashland's rotary club community support foundation touches lives

The Rotary Club of Ashland's Community Support Foundation has just announced grants that have been delivered to 25 community organizations, with grants totaling over $23,000 this year. The Foundation and the affiliated Rotary Club of Ashland raise the funds that the Foundation distributes in grants by late Spring/Summer.

The Rotary Club holds various creative fundraising activities during the course of the Rotary year which has just ended in early July 2008.

"This past Spring, as you can imagine in harder economic times, we received a 50 percent increase in applications for our grants it was humbling to choose who would get what," said foundation president Bob Kuenzel. "We are very proud of the organizations selected to receive these grants: each serves critical needs in our town and our Rogue Valley community. Each is an example of our community spirit at its best."

Several major gifts are directed to serve the needs of young people in our community. Here are the award recipients:


162; Ashland Schools Foundation received a $4,000 gift to support its broad based programs to facilitate quality education in the Ashland public schools.


162; Children's Advocacy Center received a $1500 grant, which will help pay for much-needed medical exams and treatment for victims of child abuse, as part of the Center's broader services to those victims.


162; Ashland Family YMCA was awarded $2000 to support its Scholarship Campaign for Kids, to make critical childcare and activities available to less fortunate members of the community. "&

162; ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum received a $1500 gift to provide scholarships for free field science education field trips to children from underserved organizations such as the Boys and Girls Clubs, Kids Unlimited, and Head Start programs.


162; Konaway Nilla Tillicum Native American Youth Academy at Southern Oregon University was awarded $1600 to fully fund two scholarships to the Academy for young Native Americans from the region.

In addition, the Community Support Foundation awarded $1000 grants to the Ashland Emergency Food Bank and the grass-roots Food for People organization, both of which supply much-needed food to the needy. Other $1000 grants were made to the Children's Musical Theatre of Oregon to support its work with young people, the Jackson County Sexual Assault Response Team to help publicize its important work to local victims of sexual assault, the Rogue Valley Symphony in support of its educational visits to the Ashland public schools, and the SOU Raiders Club towards scholarships for student-athletes.

Grants for $500 each went to the Ashland Community Hospital Foundation, scholarships for the Talent and Phoenix clubs of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Rogue Valley, the Disabilities Recreation Project to help fund disabled-accessible outdoor parks facilities, the Jackson County Fuel Committee to provide firewood, fuel subsidies, and warm clothing for needy families, the Magdalene Home for its homeless parenting and pregnant teen facilities, Mobility Unlimited to help pay for equipment allowing disabled persons to live independently and maintain employment, the Northwest Seasonal Workers Association for food, clothing, medical and other assistance to its needy client populations, the Rogue Valley Habitat for Humanity towards the costs of houses now under construction in Ashland, the back-to-school shopping program the Southern Oregon KidSpree provides to disadvantaged children, Special Olympics Oregon, the Welcome Home Project for Iraq veterans, the grief support and education work of the WinterSpring Center, and scholarship assistance for students in the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon. A $250 grant to assist the educational programs of the Klamath Bird Observatory rounded out this year's list of awards.

The Foundation, affiliated with The Rotary Club of Ashland is by common club membership, was incorporated in 2004, and is an IRS 501(c)(3) corporation. The Rotary Club of Ashland was founded in 1941, and is a chartered club of Rotary International, emphasizing world-wide and community service, as well as high ethical standards. The Ashland Club and Foundation have over 140 members from a wide range of business and professional disciplines.

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