The Westport Sunrise Rotary Club's Charitable Giving Committee is now accepting applications for 2017. Last year the Club awarded grants to 31 non-profit organizations directly supporting individuals residing in Westport and surrounding communities from Norwalk to Bridgeport. Rotary members were actively involved in the programs and activities of each recipient.
"Our members offer their talent, time and resources to assist local social services organizations here and in countries around the world," said Gene Cederbaum, Chair of the Committee and a local attorney.
"Recipients last year included organizations serving children and young adults, providing housing for the homeless, meeting the transportation needs of seniors, assisting those with learning disabilities, coping with chronic illnesses, recovering from cancer or in recovery following surgery, and those in need of fuel assistance," Cederbaum continued. Grants ranging from $500 to $2,500 are awarded primarily for program needs rather than administrative or overhead expenses.
Cederbaum added that “increasingly, year after year, non-profits are called upon to assist in so many areas that the need for funding continues to grow. In this environment Sunrise Rotary is, unfortunately, unable to meet the needs of some very deserving organizations.“