ROCKINGHAM — Over the last two weeks, the Rockingham Rotary Club has donated a total of $44,818 in grants to 23 organizations and causes in Richmond County.
Justin Clark, president-elect of the club, said the total grant money was lower than they expected but that it’s “wonderful to give to so many organizations.”
“All the work (Rotary club members) do goes a long way towards making Richmond County a better place,” Clark said on Monday at the club’s luncheon where the grants were awarded.
The Rotary’s sole fundraiser is its annual auction, from which all proceeds go to the pot of grant money. Clark said he hopes to add more smaller fundraisers in the future to help boost the numbers, suggesting a “mini-raffle drawing” as an option.
Organizations submit applications for grant money, and then are sent letters to reapply each year, according to Clark.
Robert Smith, a counselor at Samaritan Colony, an addiction treatment center for men in Rockingham, said the money the Colony received from the Rotary will go “directly to saving lives.”
The organizations receiving grants for this year were as follows:
• Autism Society of Richmond County
• Habitat for Humanity of the NC Sandhills
• Leath Memorial Library
• Leak St. Alumni
• Rankin Museum of American Heritage
•Richmond County 4-H
• Richmond County Crime Stoppers
• Sandhills Children’s Center
• United Way
• American Legion
• Girls Scouts
• L.J. Bell Elementary School
• New Horizons
• New Shoes for Christmas
• Our Daily Bread
• City of Rockingham
• Rockingham Police Department
• Samaritan Colony
• Richmond County Special Olympics
• Toys for Tots
Some of the money included in the total went towards scholarships for Richmond Community College and dictionaries for third-grade students.