The Rotary Club of Avon-Canton gave $1,500 to the Town of Canton’s Special Needs Fund at its Dec. 28 breakfast meeting. The check was presented to Claire Cote, Coordinator of Canton’s Seniors & Social Services Department. The money will be used to supplement the Town’s assistance to needy families and individuals struggling to pay utility bills, make rent or mortgage payments, to prevent foreclosures or eviction and for emergency medical assistance, unexpected car repairs, etc.
Earlier this year the Rotary Club of Avon-Canton gave $2,000 to the Canton and Avon Fuel Banks and $1,000 to Gifts for Canton, which provides food and gifts to needy families during the winter holidays. The local Rotary Club, in a joint effort with the Simsbury-Granby and Farmington Rotary Clubs, recently raised $14,152 for storm Sandy relief on Staten Island. The Rotarians delivered the check to Staten Island, along with two trucks full of donated cleanup and construction materials, a few weeks ago.
The Rotary Club of Avon-Canton gives approximately $30,000 each year to worthwhile causes, primarily in Avon and Canton. The funds are raised through Rotarian’s volunteer projects and the Club’s annual golf tournament and wine tasting events. Many of the Club’s members rang bells at Wal-Mart for six days prior to the December holidays and collected $9,015 for the Salvation Army.
Avon and Canton non-profit organizations are encouraged to submit grant requests for worthy causes to the Rotary Club of Avon-Canton’s Community Service Committee. The grant request forms may be downloaded from the Club’s website.