The month of May is one of the highlights of the year for the Santa Monica Lions Club. After fundraising, members volunteering, hearing from guest speakers about the amazing services they provide to the community and reviewing thoughtful grant requests, we are able to provide financial support for the missions and visions of some exceptional nonprofits. This year we are proud to announce our 2018 community recipients, in no particular order:
No Limits Theatre for Deaf Children, to help replace costumes for their productions that were destroyed when pipes burst and flooded their entire building.
Santa Monica YMCA to continue their Diabetes Prevention Program. This was of interest to us as Diabetes Awareness is one of the service projects adopted around the world by Lions International.
Westside Coalition to support their Homeless Connect Program that helps clients with paperwork to apply for services & benefits, while also helping them with legal issues.
Step Up to provide meals to the 2nd Street clients and the Transitional Youth Program.
Santa Monica Breakfast Club for their First Grade dental hygiene education program.
Westside Family Health Center for their pediatric vision program. Vision is is a primary service area for Lions.
Meals On Wheels West for their Fresh Off The Vine Program to provide fresh produce to homebound clients.
Santa Monica College Associates Dot Gelvin Memorial Scholarship Fund, to provide a scholarship for a student at SMC. This has a special place in our hearts as Dot Gelvin was one of the first two women to join the Santa Monica Lions Club.
Santa Monica History Museum to help with the preservation of the Bill Beebe photo collection.
McKinley Elementary PTA for their Hunger Backpack Program that provides breakfast, lunch, and snacks on the weekends during the school year to children eligible for free and reduced-cost school meals.
Santa Monica High School for scholarships for two graduating seniors.
We have been fortunate to work with all these organizations in the past. They provide vital services thanks to dedicated staffs and volunteers. If any of these programs are of interest to you, please reach out to the organizations directly to discover volunteer opportunities or make your own donations.
It should be noted that next year our grant deadline will be earlier, on February 1st. This way the organizations will have the funds earlier in the year to help with program costs. More information about our grant process is on our website, along with the application. If you have any questions, please contact Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org.