Lake in the Hills Rotary Club awards $40,000 to local nonprofits

The Rotary Club of Lake in the Hills recently awarded over $40,000 to local nonprofit organizations. The funds were obtained during this year's Rockin' Rotary Ribfest from the sponsors as well as all of those who attended.

The criteria for the grants center around programs that help improve the quality of life for Lake in the Hills and McHenry County most vulnerable residents.

The club, one of the more than 34,000 worldwide Rotary clubs, has supported community nonprofit organizations through fundraising and subsequent grants for the past 13 years. The grants are broken down to five categories: Team Grants (more than one nonprofit working together); Animal Rescues; Kids and Teens; Seniors and Veterans; and Major Difference Makers.

The following is a list of the nonprofits, their programs and award amounts:

Team Grants ($5,000)

• McHenry County Conservation District, Youth and Family Center of McHenry County, and McHenry County Conservation Foundation for a nature immersion program.

• Sandy's Stockings in Carpentersville and Go With the Flow in Elgin for Mrs. Claus bags for girls.

Animal Rescues

• Main Stay Therapeutic Farm in Richmond ($2,000) for purchasing a horse.

• Hoof, Woof & Meow Animal Rescue ($2,000) for updating the website, marketing material and medical costs.

• On Angels' Wings Pet Rescue & Resale Store in Crystal Lake ($2,125) for adding PVC paneling to the animal play area.

Kids & Teens

• Algonquin-based Community Unit District 300 Food Pantry ($3,000) for the summer snacks food program.

• Big Brothers Big Sisters ($3,000) for congratulations baskets for major life victories.

• Youth and Family Center of McHenry County ($1,500) for the troubled youth service program.

• Sandy's Stockings ($1,500) for kids' Christmas stockings.

Seniors & Veterans ($3,000)

• Independence Health & Therapy in Woodstock for adult day health program.

• Prairie State Legal Services for community outreach program.

Major Difference

• Turning Point Inc. of McHenry County ($3,000) for vehicle usage

• CASA of McHenry County ($3,000) for recruiting, training and monitoring volunteers.

• Environmental Defenders of McHenry County ($1,500) for waste management program.

• Senior Care Volunteer Network ($1,500) for volunteer training and education.

An awards ceremony will be held in September to honor all these organizations. It will be open to the public.

The club members are an enthusiastic, diverse group of business and professional leaders who enjoy working with others and taking an active role in the community. Since the Lake in the Hills Rotary Club chartered in 2004, they have been supporting and assisting area organizations and international efforts.

The club meets at noon on the second Wednesday of the month at the Boulder Ridge Country Club, 350 Boulder Drive, Lake in the Hills.

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