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2010 Grant Recipients
Prior Year Recipients

On Wednesday, April 21, 2010, the Foundation awarded a total of $27,125 in grants to five organizations. Two grants went to continue support for organizations whose programs feed and clothe our most needy children.

As each recipient went to the podium to receive their grant they shared stories – some happy and some bringing tears to the eyes of the audience.  The Open Heart Kitchen program feeds a growing number of kids in each of our Livermore schools that live in cars with their parents and siblings. It gives a hand to our veterans who go to the Veteran’s Hospital for their medications as they try to return to a normal life.  On the happy side, we heard stories of Livermore teens crying with pride and joy when they saw their own artistic creations published in the “Teen Zine” glossy teen magazine. And we heard about young kids going with Assistance League volunteers to buy basic clothes for school in the fall.

2009 Recients
Right to Left: Sandy Fouts, Livermore Public Library
Kathy Coyle, Foundation Grants Chair
Tom Heath, President, Livermore Valley Rotary
Jean Prasher, Human Services Program Manager. City of Livermore
Linda McKeever, Executive Director, Open Heart Kitchen
Lori Lapides, Grants Coordinator, Assistance League of Amador Valley
Bill Nebo, President, Livermore Rotary

Kevin Drake, President, Rotarian Foundation of Livermore

The Open Heart Kitchen received a total of $11,000.  $5,000 was awarded for the “Weekend Box Lunch Program, Livermore Hot Meal Program” and $6,000 for a matching grant opportunity.

The Assistance League of Amador Valley received $6,500 for their “Operation School Bell”, providing clothing and books to children in Livermore Schools.

Livermore Public Library received $2,125 to fund a teen magazine (or “Teen Zine”) called "Fusion", for the second year. “Teen Zine” is an art and literary magazine created by Livermore teens to showcase the artistic talents of Livermore teen artists, poets and writers.

The “Dictionaries for Young Scholars” project, sponsored by the Livermore Rotary with participation by the Livermore Valley Rotary, the Hindu Cultural Center, Livermore National Lab and other participants, received $2500 to continue this program. Every third grade student attending Livermore schools receives an illustrated dictionary, as does every third grade teacher.

Community Children's Health Access Program, a partnership between the City of Livermore Human Services and Livermore School District received $5000. The program’s goal is to remove barriers to success in school by providing access to local medical, dental and optometric care for low income, uninsured and underinsured children.

An enormous amount of work goes into fundraising each year and this is what it is all about.