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Rotary Club gives $23,000 to local nonprofits

Apr 23, 2021

Camden — The Camden Rotary Club has selected six local nonprofit organizations to receive a total of $23,000 in grants for community services in Knox County and Lincolnville.

New Hope for Women will receive $10,000 to continue providing emergency shelter and food for victims of domestic violence. The need for emergency housing has soared during the pandemic, and demand remains high.

Coastal Opportunities’ $5,000 grant will fund the purchase of five computer systems with remote audio and visual capabilities. The systems are part of a technology project designed to counteract social isolation and the lack of face-to-face contact during the pandemic. Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities will be able to connect more freely with friends, family members and colleagues. Isolation during the pandemic has made face-to-face contact more difficult for the residents.

Another $5,000 will support Cooking for Community’s Hunger and Economic Relief Project. This collaboration among four local restaurants and five local social service agencies will provide 7,800 healthy meals to individuals and families in need. It also will boost local employment by adding 2,080 working hours for restaurant employees. This initiative addresses rising levels of homelessness, unemployment, and hunger resulting from the COVID-19 crisis.

The Club also announced three $1,000 small grants.

St. George Community Development Corporation’s Community Cupboard will use its grant to provide gluten-free and dairy-free foods for clients with special dietary needs. The recipients, who have been financially impacted by the pandemic, cannot afford the high costs of these products.

Another small grant will cover tuition costs for five middle school students participating in the Mid-coast Outdoor Leadership Initiative of Sundog Outdoor Expeditions. The leadership program provides character education based on the core values of resiliency, integrity, confidence, and craftsmanship through wilderness experiences.

Bay Chamber Music School will use these funds to help finance a virtual performance program involving more than 100 students and faculty.

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