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Rotary announces community grand recipients

Posted January 12, 2015 in Des Moines West, Downtown, Community Web Exclusives, West Des Moines

The Rotary Club of Des Moines (RCDM) is proud to announce the recipients of the club’s second annual community grants.  The 2014-2015 Rotary year was the second year that $25,000 was set aside for Des Moines metro area non-profits.  There were 37 applicants who were all very deserving with projects and programs that benefit our community in many ways.

Children and Families of Iowa was the recipient of a $10,000 grant from Rotary Club of Des Moines.

Children and Families of Iowa was the recipient of a $10,000 grant from Rotary Club of Des Moines.

The four recipients  for the Rotary 2014-15 year were announced Thursday, December 11th:  Beacon of Life $5,000; Central Iowa Shelter and Services, receiving $5000; Children & Families of Iowa receiving $10,000 and Orchard Place, receiving $5000. 

Beacon of Life provides a safe haven for homeless women that provide transitional housing with supportive services.

The $5,000 will purchase a new boiler that exploded in October.  The funds will also help upgrade related heating elements, such as new thermostats and zoned heating and cooling.

Central Iowa Shelter and Services helps 2,000 men and women receive emergency shelter and supportive services to help them move beyond homelessness.  The $5000 grant will help CISS expand their workforce training through Mulberry Farms & Foods- a retail food cart and food production center.


Children and Families of Iowa has been helping change lives for Iowa’s most vulnerable children, families and communities for 126 years.  The grant request of $10,000 will be used to equip two new classrooms which will expand child care services for children who are parented by students enrolled at Scavo High School, doubling capacity from 12 to 36 children ages two weeks to 36 months.

Orchard Place is the oldest locally-based charity in Des Moines providing mental health treatment and expertise for Iowa’s kids.   The $5,000 grant will help the Children’s Fund, a fund that offers critical and basic support to families of children who are receiving therapy and struggling financially.  The funds will help with transportation to required therapy.   (Medicaid no longer provides funding for transportation to therapy and the need for help with transportation has skyrocketed)

Each year the RCDM Foundation will look at our fund performance and decide if we will sponsor a grant and how much money will be available.  That announcement will come at the beginning of the Rotary year in July.   We will invite applicants to submit their requests between July and September of the grant year, with the expectation of announcing the recipient(s) by Thanksgiving.

Congratulations to the 2014-15 recipients, and thanks to all of the applicants for the great work that you are doing to help improve our community!  The RCDM recognizes and appreciates your good works.

The Rotary Club of Des Moines is made up of 300 business leaders from the Des Moines Metro area.  It is the oldest and largest club in the state of Iowa.  Rotary International has 1.2 million members in 200 countries.   The object of Rotary is:  The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service; high ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society; the application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life; the advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

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