Coon Rapids Rotary Foundation awards $14,100 in grants

On Monday, Feb. 24, the Coon Rapids Rotary Club invited all of their 2014 Community Grant recipients to the club’s weekly meeting where President Jeff Athmann handed out checks and gave each organization’s representative a chance to introduce themselves and their mission.

Each year the Coon Rapids Club through its foundation distributes the proceeds of its fundraising efforts to community groups that enhance the quality of life in the Coon Rapids Area.  This year the Rotary Club handed out $14,100 to 18 organizations. Representatives from 15 of the organizations that received grants attended to accept their grant.

Howard Helgen, president of the Coon Rapids Scholarship Association, accepts a $1,500 Coon Rapids Rotary Foundation grant from Coon Rapids Rotary President Jeff Athmann. Submitted photo

Howard Helgen, president of the Coon Rapids Scholarship Association, accepts a $1,500 Coon Rapids Rotary Foundation grant from Coon Rapids Rotary President Jeff Athmann. Submitted photo

• Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Anoka Technical College and the Coon Rapids Community Scholarship Association received grants for student scholarship programs.

• Alexandra House, Emma B. Howe YMCA and North Metro Pediatrics will use grant proceeds to provide services to disadvantaged youth.

• The Mercy & Unity Hospitals Foundation is working with Anoka-Hennepin District 11 to provide free student health screening as part of the District’s health instruction program.

• Free2B! and Medical Teams International are using their awards to fix cars and teeth.

• Lyric Arts and Coon Rapids Snowflake Days will produce a children’s play and fund a Valentine’s Dance with Rotary’s help.

• The Coon Rapids Crime Prevention Association and the Heart Safe Coon Rapids initiative will use their awards to help fund a Citizen’s Academy and produce a video to train bystanders in using CPR during sudden cardiac arrest emergencies.

• Stepping Stone Emergency Housing plans to build secure racks for clients who rely on bicycles for transportation.

• Mediation Services is dedicating its award to its Peaceful Alternatives program for court referred youth.

• Northwest Passage High School will apply its grant to help pay the cost of students traveling to China.

Much of the money comes from the club’s annual wine tasting event held each year in October.

Along with their Community Grant program, the club participates in the Anoka-Hennepin District 11 Third Grade Dictionary Project led by the Anoka Rotary club. They also sponsor an international student exchange program, contribute to Rotary International’s Polio Eradication Project, hold an Anoka-Hennepin Districtwide Elementary School Reading Contest and cleanup East River twice each year.

The club meets Mondays at 12:15 p.m. at the Harvest Grill located at Bunker Hills Golf Course. Visitors are welcome to attend the luncheon meeting. For more information about the club, visit www.coonrapidsrotary.org.

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