Rotary Club of Baltimore Charitable Giving
Fiscal year 2015-16
The Baltimore Rotary Club supports humanitarian works in Baltimore and around the world, with an emphasis on youth services and community organizations in Baltimore City. Last year our foundation dispersed more than $100,000 to the following causes:
College Scholarships – “Service Above Self”
Rotary awarded four partial college scholarships to Baltimore City public high school seniors based on their community service, academic performance and extra-curricular activities.
Inner Harbor Project
Our grant provided IHP‘s teen Peace Ambassadors are taught professional skills to engage with other teens after negative interactions with authorities in public places and then act as damage control to gain better relations between youth and authorities.
McKim Center After School Programs
We helped fund McKim's Coaches Club program (impacting more than 20 youngsters), an intensive after-school program including both academic enrichment and athletics. The McKim Center creates a positive environment of discipline, love, mentoring, tutoring and coaching. League for People with Disabilities Camperships Our grant to the League's Camp Greentop provided tuition assistance to seven youth from the Baltimore Metro area to attend. Camp Greentop provides youth with disabilities the opportunity to be successful, develop skills and build their confidence.
Camp Dudley Summer Camperships
Rotary enabled five boys and girls from Baltimore City Public Schools to attend the Dudley Camps for four weeks. Dudley Camps develop moral, personal, physical and leadership skills in the spirit of fellowship and fun enabling boys and girls to lead lives characterized by devotion to others.
Middle Grades Partnerships
Our grant provided opportunities for academically promising Baltimore City public school students through public and private school partnerships. Its summer program focuses on halting critical summer learning loss and its school year program builds relationships between public and private school students.
American Flag Foundation
Rotary supported three Living American Flag programs in Baltimore Schools, presentations on the meaning of the flag, an essay contest (with winners recognized at an on-field pregame ceremony at Oriole Park) and the making of Living American Flags.
Baltimore Museum of Industry
Our grant offered (a) hands-on educational programs to approximately 500 disadvantaged Baltimore City school children from 14 different schools and taught by museum educators as part of the Maryland school curriculum for social studies, math, science and language, and also (b) provided transportation from several schools to the museum.
Clifton Park Municipal Golf Course
The Youth Golf Program serves children ages 2 to 18. Our grant was used to fund the purchase of a golf cart to transport children off of the golf course. The children are taught age appropriate skills to play the game of golf.
Girl Scouts of Central Maryland Camperships
Rotary enabled a day of outdoor summer camp activities for 70 girls attending Title I schools. Camp activities included archery, rock wall climbing and active games that developed skills in communication, team-building, physical endurance developing a strong sense of self-confidence and self-esteem.
Boy Scouts Camperships
Our award supported a one-week summer camp in Leakin Park in West Baltimore. The camp provided a summer day camp experience to 20 children from Baltimore City neighborhoods.
Baltimore Philharmonic Orchestra
Our grant funded the cost of performing a concert for children in Baltimore City. Audience members experienced the sounds of a variety of instruments as well as the opportunity to touch and hold instruments.
Friends of Patterson Park
FPP offers free tennis clinics to the neighborhoods surrounding Patterson Park. Rotary funds helped pay for instructors to teach children tennis basics, skills and general fitness for one six-week clinic for 30 children.
Light Health & Wellness Comprehensive Services
Our grant supported this program promoting the care and safety of children before, during and after school. The services encompass: a) child care; b) psychosocial services; c) client advocacy; d) cultural and recreational activities for families; e) community outreach; and f) education and prevention services.
St. Vincent DePaul of Baltimore
Rotary's grant supported the Sarah's Hope Mount Street shelter serving homeless families in Baltimore City. It offers family centered support services designed to stabilize families and include meals, youth activities, tutoring, adult education and assist in permanent housing placement.
We helped fund the purchase of nutritional food to benefit people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-threatening illnesses by preparing and delivering meals and groceries, providing nutritional counseling and other services.
Vehicles for Change
Our club granted funds for the Vehicles for Change prison reentry automotive internship program that empowers families to achieve economic and personal independence through car ownership and technical training.
Healing Hands Foundation
Our grant supported volunteer doctors, who traveled to Guatemala to correct cleft palates of needy children. HHF is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that provides high quality care to patients in areas lacking medical resources and surgical expertise.
Rotary’s grant supported Kudvumisa's new health clinic in Swaziland. The Foundation is dedicated to meeting the health care needs of impoverished and marginalized people in Africa.
Disaster Aid USA
This is a Rotary International sanctioned aid organization. Our grant was used by its Rotary partners: Australia Disaster Aid, New Zealand Disaster Aid, UK/Ireland Disaster Aid and Malaysia Disaster Aid.
Foundation to Aid the Philippines
This Foundation’s mission is to work to diminish poverty in the Philippines and foster self- sufficiency in its citizens. Our grant, in partnership with the Rotary Club of the Philippines, helped fund the construction of a new library.
Sundi's Gift funds the construction and maintenance of water wells, clean fishing ponds, drilling wells and pumps to produce clean drinking water from polluted streams and rivers. Our grant was dedicated to such projects in Nairobi, Kenya.
Student Scholarship Fund
Our affiliate, the SSF, awarded 14 partial scholarships to students at Johns Hopkins University, Goucher College, Loyola University Maryland, Maryland Institute College of Art, Notre Dame of Maryland University and Stevenson University.
Operation Warm and Rotary International
In partnership with Light Health & Wellness, The Family Tree and Robert L. Coleman Elementary School, we provided over 700 coats to needy children in Baltimore City and in addition made a contribution to Rotary International.