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Meet the Local Foundation Grant Recipients

September 18, 2011

Recipients of Sunrise Charitable Funds Report Results

At the September 14, 2011 club meeting, representatives from many of the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara Sunrise Charitable Foundation grantees came to share what the dollars can do. Here is a recap.

Joanne explained that the club donated more than usual locally. Part of the criteria is that the money be used for projects that are concrete, long-lasting and serve a wide spectrum of the community.

1. Camp Whittier: $750. The club donated $750 and then teamed up with other clubs in the region and in Korea to develop a matching grant for $21,000 to remodel the camp’s kitchen and buy the necessary equipment . The camp was at risk of shutting down if it could not update its kitchen. The camp, run by the United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County, offers outdoor activities and team building for youth and adult groups. Learn more about Camp Whittier.

2. Girls Inc.: $2,500. The club sponsored Girls Inc.’s You Grow Girl program. Learn more about Girls Inc. 

3. Storyteller Children’s Center: $2,500. Storyteller Children’s Center was created in 1988 when a group realized that homeless children didn’t have somewhere to go during the day while their parents worked. As of 2007, Storyteller has two pre-schools serving about 70 children from 7:30 AM until 5 PM. Storyteller provides food, basic medical care, counseling and support for the families. One of the pre-schools is based in a 100-year-old building, so the kitchen needed remodeling. Rotary’s money helped purchase and install a dishwasher. Learn more about Storyteller Children’s Center.

4. Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital Junior Wheelchair Sports Camp: $1,000. The camp is held for children ages 6 to 19 for one week at UC Santa Barbara every year. Campers come from the area between Simi Valley and San Luis Obispo. Nearly 40 campers learn basketball, rugby, tennis, climbing and other skills from about 70 volunteers. Rotary’s grant paid for lunch for the friends and family day dinner at which every camper receives an award. Learn more about the Junior Wheelchair Sports Camp. 

5. Child Abuse Listening and Mediation (CALM): $2,000. CALM began 41 years ago in Santa Barbara when a compassionate woman put another phone line in her house that parents could call when they couldn’t cope. She received 40 calls in the first month. She took action after a 19-year-old man killed his baby. “I didn’t want to hurt my baby; I just didn’t know where to turn,” he said. CALM gives parents somewhere to turn. Professionals now help more than 2,400 families a year, working toward a world without child abuse. Rotary’s grant funded new toys for the counseling rooms, including a play kitchen, baby dolls and dollhouses. Learn more about CALM. 

Click to read more about Camp Wheez, the wading pool and IV Youth Projects. 6. Sansum Clinic’s Camp Wheez: $3,200. Camp Wheez is a day camp for kids with asthma. They participate in typical camp activities like crafts, drama and sports, but they also have programs like Lung Lab and Lung Class to learn how to manage their own asthma. Campers come from grades 1 through 6. Rotary’s grant enabled them to purchase two canopies (with the Rotary logo on them) to provide shade and, at times, cover from rain. Learn more about Camp Wheez.

7. Isla Vista Youth Projects: $1,200. Isla Vista Youth Projects was founded in 1971 to provide after-school programs to young children in Isla Vista. The program runs on the campus of I.V. School and with the help of about 20,000 volunteer hours per year from college students. This year, the Goleta Union School District discontinued summer school programs, so IV Youth Projects quickly set up a program to serve about 70 kids through the summer. Rotary’s grant enabled the group to purchase curriculum for the summer school classes of math, science and physical education. The courses will be used in future summers. Learn more about Isla Vista Youth Projects.

9. Guardian Scholarship Program. In addition to the mentorship program that the club has started for emancipated foster youth students at Santa Barbara City College, the club purchased necessary school supplies for the students. The students received items like backpacks and thumb drives.

10. City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation’s West Beach Wading Pool: $2,500. The Wading Pool serves children from toddlers to age 7 so that they can get experience with water in a safe environment. Because the wading pool is next door to the Los Banos Pool, it’s well positioned for families to all go have an aquatic afternoon together. The pool served 1,700 kids in six weeks. Rotary’s grant paid for lifeguarding and was ultimately responsible for the pool being able to be open at all. With Rotary’s gift, other organizations joined in to raise the balance needed to run the pool.

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