Schaumburg A.M. Rotary awards grants to area organizations

In keeping with its club motto of "Caring About Kids & Community" the Rotary Club of Schaumburg A.M. culminated its current year of giving at its June 15 Community Grant Awards Breakfast.

Schaumburg A.M. Rotary has donated more than $20,000 throughout the 2021-2022 year and more than $485,000 during its 32-year history of service to the community.

Five grants totaling $8,000 were awarded at the June 15 meeting to the following organizations:

• WINGS Program Inc. (Women in Need Growing Stronger);

• Boy Scouts-Pathway to Adventure Council;

• Children's Advocacy Center of North & Northwest Cook County;

• Schaumburg Township Food Pantry;

• Feed My Starving Children.

During the year, the club and its members also donated more than $12,000 that funded need-based vocational scholarship assistance for local high school students pursuing technical training; an entry level set of professional grade automotive tools, making it possible for a student studying automotive technology, and demonstrating financial need, to pursue postsecondary education and launch a career in this field; more than 100 new winter coats to students from low-income, high-risk families who utilize subsidized child care and education services provided by the Marletta Darnall Schaumburg Child + Family Center; more than 70 pairs of new athletic gym shoes to students from low-income families who attend School District 54's Lakeview Elementary School; more than two dozen backpacks filled with school supplies donated to children affected by domestic violence residing in WINGS transitional housing; two dozen holiday gift bags donated to shut-in senior citizens filled with items to brighten their day; Ukraine humanitarian relief efforts; and Rotary International's polio eradication initiative.

Schaumburg A.M. Rotary conducts multiple fundraising activities each year, including Trivia for a Cause and a Souper Bowl of Soups Cook-Off tasting event featuring soups donated by area restaurants.

Club fundraisers and service projects offer participants an opportunity to connect and come together for the good of their community and have fun at the same time.

Schaumburg A.M. Rotary meets for breakfast most Wednesdays from 7:15-8:30 a.m. at Schaumburg's Egg Harbor Café, 1310 American Lane. Membership is open to service-oriented residents and workers in the area wanting to give back to their community and take action that improves the lives of others.

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