Each year we try to share with the entire district what grants were funded to the clubs.
The following are the district grants awarded to District 6420 clubs for this Rotary year.
Byron received $900 for a City Mural project in an effort to help restore their downtown area to encourage an increased economic boost and enhance business development for downtown stores.

DeKalb received $486 to facilitate increased funding for the Voluntary Action Center to ensure the continuation of transportation of disabled residents living in rural DeKalb County.

Dixon received $900 for the Dixon Schools Water Project. They replaced drinking fountains to Faith Christian School of Grand Detour for water bottles.
East Moline/Silvis received $900 for a Diaper Give-Away. They purchased over 100 cases of diapers to give away to needy families in a central location that is easily accessible to the community.

Freeport received $900 for Purpose Prep - Social Emotional Learning Curriculum. This is an add-on curriculum for Regional Alternative Programs which provides opportunities to define and understand emotions and behaviors and builds confidence to make more positive, healthy choices. It is used for middle and high school students who have had
multiple suspensions.

Geneseo received $900 for How Pete the Parrot Broke the Jungle which is a play and book. They partnered with Henry County Health Alliance to help publish the book on bullying which was distributed to middle schools in Henry County. The play was presented at local middle schools.

Henry received $900 for Shade Trees for HUD Housing in a new park being developed. The trees will provide shade for residents at this housing development and provide an outdoor venue to walk in an environmentally enhanced area.

Illinois Valley Sunrise received $900 for purchasing an electric stove for Illinois Valley PADS, a homeless shelter with 2 facilities. The funding will also allow them to purchase lateral filing cabinets that lock for securing clients’ medications, a laptop for case management, and Microsoft Office to record interactions and progress in programs on the computers.

Kishwaukee Sunrise received $900 to facilitate increased funding for the Voluntary Action Center to ensure the continuation of transportation of disabled residents living in rural DeKalb County.
Loves Park received $900 for Crusader Clinic Newborn Bags. Mothers receive Newborn Bags at newborn appointments at a clinic that services those with lower social-economic circumstances.

Marseilles received $831 for the Marseilles Athletic Club Youth Sports to help replace a batting cage net as well as to plant trees to add shade for visitors and to benefit the environment.

Moline received $500 for Narcan for School Nurses. The funds will supply Narcan to school nursing staff at middle and high schools.

Morrison, Rock Falls, Sterling, and Twin Cities each received $900 for Sweet Dreams which allowed for the purchase of 45 beds for the YWCA domestic violence shelter of Sauk Valley.

Mount Carroll received $900 to purchase cabinet locks for the Pitter Patter Pantry, a not-for-profit that works with the county health department to provide for needs of families that qualify for public assistance.

Oregon received $900 for assistance in purchasing a 3d Printer for the Oregon Community School District’s agriculture department.

Ottawa and Ottawa Sunrise each received $900 to replace an old furnace and some windows at Camp Tuckabatchee. The camp if used by youth throughout the seasons.

Pecatonica received $900 for purchase of trees in public areas in Pecatonica where trees had been lost due to storms. The project involved local 4-H members and Boy Scouts in planting and educating youth regarding the importance of trees.

Peru received $900 for the Peru Police Department K9 Unit to assist with financing operating expenses for the 3 K9 dogs the department has.

Plano received $900 for the Outdoor Learning Pavilion at Cook Woods, an outdoor learning environment for the youth of Plano used by scout and school groups. The funds will be used to build a simple pavilion to offer outdoor learning shelter for students.

Princeton received $900 for Arukah Mobile Crisis Kits. The Arukah Institute of Healing provides mental health services in rural communities. The kits are provided to individuals who contact the crisis line and will help them transition to care.

Putnam County received $900 for Serving Soup for Seniors which will allow the club to make and deliver 2 soups to all senior citizens 75 and older in Putnam County. The Interact Club are also assisting in visiting the seniors and delivering the soups.

Quad Cities received $900 for Feed the World. They purchased a commercial refrigerator for World Relief which serves refugees in the Quad City community.
River Cities received $900 for Robotics in the Classroom which allows them to purchase multiple mini-robots and the FIRST Tech Challenge Class Pack to help add Robotics as a class.

Rochelle received $900 for Feed Hungry Hubs. They are working with the Rochelle School District to provide fresh produce to students in need. The students will work with Rotarians to help raise the produce. The produce is then combined with other foods for meals to be given to those families in need.

Rock Island received $900 for Hope on the Streets Mural of Mentoring. They are partnering with youth Hope for completion of a mentoring mural project.

Rockford East received $900 for Project True North at East High School, a program that cultivates positive youth development and healthy social and emotional learning. The program will provide a safe place where students can talk through issues with adult mentors.

Rockford received $900 to purchase 2,000 books to distribute to all 2nd grade students in Rockford Public Schools. This is enhancing Rockford Reads, a project where volunteers read with students on a weekly basis.

Rockton-Roscoe received $500 for the purchase of award-winning books for youth in the school and local libraries. This purchase will ensure all students have access to these books.
Sandwich received $800 for Reading Nook which will allow for the purchase of flex-space floor chairs for Prairie View School Library.

Savanna received $900 for the Savanna Ambulatory Masimo-Rad-57, a hand-held device that measures carbon monoxide levels vital to those exposed to carbon monoxide. This will equip the 2nd ambulance unit in Savanna.

Streator received $900 for the purchase of 3 communication boards used for non-verbal special education students and students too intimidated to ask for assistance.

Sycamore received $900 for Supporting Habitat for Humanity’s 2022 HomeBuild. They will provide a refrigerator and washer and dryer. The club is also assisting in construction of the home.

Toluca received $900 for Toluca Food Pantry Expansion. The funds are being used to purchase 2 new freezers and the club will help to build shelves for food storage.

Twin Rivers After Hours received $900 for Gigi’s Playhouse Kitchen Classroom to purchase a refrigerator, dishwasher, water dispenser, ice maker and other kitchen utensils and cook books to complete the kitchen classroom to instruct higher functioning clients in basic skills of cooking and being more self-sufficient.

Walnut received $900 for Birthday Books. The club is purchasing 1,160 books for Bureau Valley School District. Each child is receiving a new book for their reading level on their birthday.

As we are approaching our next grant cycle, it is very inspiring to see how creative all our clubs are in addressing needs in their communities.