Representatives of groups receiving grants from Rotary Club of Montecito Foundation. (Courtesy photo)

The Rotary Club of Montecito Foundation has awarded a total of $11,000 to support the work of 11 Santa Barbara-area nonprofit organizations.

The funds, awarded under the foundation’s annual Community Grants Program, were $1,000 each and go to organizations benefitting a range of constituents, including children, seniors, low-income families, and animals. All grants are funded by bequests and ongoing contributions from Rotary Club members.

This year’s grant recipients are: C.A.R.E.4Paws, Friendship House, Little Village Foundation, Hospice of Santa Barbara, Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County, Choral Society, Montecito Trails Foundation, Mission Scholars, Teacher’s Fund, South Coast Youth Orchestra, and Nuclear Peace Foundation.

“Rotary Club members are committed to raising funds for good causes, and supporting activities and projects that make our communities stronger,” said Bruce McRoy, Montecito Rotary Club Foundation president.

“These grants allow us to support a wide variety of services to our community, and are a great example of the cooperative spirit that’s an essential part of Rotary’s work,” he said.

The Community Grants Program is an annual initiative by the Rotary Club of Montecito Foundation to support worthy, community-oriented causes. Local nonprofit organizations are encouraged to apply. Since the program’s inception, the foundation has awarded more than $60,000 in assistance to the Santa Barbara community.
Rotary Club is the nation’s oldest global service organization. Founded in 1905 in Chicago, the organization today has 1.2 million members connected to each other by a network of 33,000 clubs in more than 200 countries. There are nine Rotary Clubs in Carpinteria, Goleta and Santa Barbara.

The Rotary Club of Montecito started in 1953. Members are business and professional leaders who come together to develop friendships, raise funds, and support local and international volunteer projects. International projects have included bringing solar lights to Morelia, Mexico, supporting teacher training in Sri Lanka, building a water system and providing school and hospital supplies in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and supporting immunization campaigns.

At the local level, Rotary Club of Montecito members volunteer at area organizations, including Santa Barbara Food Bank, Salvation Army and Unity Shoppe, participate in beach clean-up events, and provide annual scholarships to Santa Barbara Community College students.   

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