Stratford Rotary Club to award $60,000 to community

The Stratford Rotary Club is celebrating 60 years of community service in 2018 with a special gift to the community: $60,000 in grant money will be distributed to nonprofit organizations serving the town. Each year the club contributes more than $20,000 to support programs and organizations.

Jeff Krause, this year’s club president, announced that the club voted unanimously to provide one time grants to other groups and organizations that address the needs of the community. A Community Impact Fund has been created to add an additional $45,000 from its foundation and operations to be awarded to successful applicants.

Grant applications are available online at stratfordrotaryclub.org (Community Impact Fund). Applications may also be received by emailing [email protected]. The grants are restricted to Stratford organizations.

A subcommittee of club members will review applications and determine which groups or organizations will receive the awards, ranging from $3,000 to $10,000. The awards will be presented at a special dinner in the spring celebrating the club’s 60 years of giving back to the community.

Among the many projects over the years, the Rotary Club helped start the EMS program, the Community Fund, built a house through Habitat for Humanity, participated in Greensweep, and provided funding for the school system’s mobile dental clinic operated by the Town’s Health Department. The club continues to give two high school seniors a four-year scholarship, purchases turkeys for Sterling House that are distributed at Thanksgiving, donates backpacks to the public schools, provides third graders with dictionaries and fifth graders with thesauruses, and supports other organizations such as the Perry House, EMERGE, Access Independence, and the Stratford Police K-9 program. The club hosts the yearly Main Street Festival that replaced Stratford Day, and has also contributed to program activities at the Baldwin Center, including sponsoring events for veterans.

In addition to local projects, the club has contributed to the international project of eradicating polio, provided medical equipment for a clinic in Kenya, and is assisting several local clubs with a clean water project for a magnet school in Nambale, Kenya.

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