The Rotary Club of Ithaca donates to nonprofit organizations


This year’s Rotary Club of Ithaca grant recipients will use the funds for a range of projects, including purchasing equipment, starting a theater residency and supporting learning opportunities. The Rotary Club donated nearly $15,000 to 15 different nonprofit organizations. (Photo credit: /Rotary Club of Ithaca)

ITHACA, NY — The Rotary Club of Ithaca has awarded nearly $15,000 in grants to 15 community nonprofit organizations. Funding comes from $10,000 members donated at weekly club meetings as well as a $5,000 donation from an anonymous donor.

“These grants help our local agencies fulfill their missions,” Rotary member Kelly Buck, who co-chaired the program, said in a press release. “And we try to spread Rotary grant money across a range of needs.”

The annual program offers grants of up to $1,000 to community organizations assessed by a six-member committee.

The 2022 scholarship recipients are:

  • Alcohol and Drug Council of Tompkins County, $995 to purchase 1,000 fentanyl test strips
  • Catholic Charities, $1,000 to buy new shoes for 30 children
  • Civic Ensemble, $1,000 to partner with Sciencenter to organize a theatrical residency
  • Communitas ALC, $1,000 for supplies for the Tompkins Magical Carts Youth Collective
  • Ithaca Downtown Children’s Center, $793 for building upgrades
  • Family Reading Partnership, $1,000 to buy children’s books
  • Finger Lakes Independence Center, $1,000 for a modular aluminum ramp for the home of a person with disabilities
  • Habitat for Humanity, $1,000 to purchase ladders, a saw and work platforms to equip construction sites
  • Hospice & Palliative Care Services of TC, $1,000 to create food wish fund
  • Ithaca Murals and Southside Community Center, $1,000 to support black artists working on the Underground Railroad mural on Green Street
  • Mental Health Association of Tompkins County, $1,000 towards the purchase of a Meeting Owl virtual meeting technology device
  • Southworth Library Association, $725 for the Breakfast and Learning Workshop Series
  • Stablework Corporation, $1,000 to purchase materials to train residents in animal care and create products to sell at the Ithaca Farmers’ Market
  • Sustainable Finger Lakes, Inc., $995 to buy video camera, tripod and editing software
  • Varna Community Association, Inc., $1,000 to create and install signage for a new trail system

The grants are intended to promote quality of life in Tompkins County and the greater Ithaca area and to support organizations with special projects or needs that are not funded through general funding sources.


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