TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Several local non-profit organizations received donations that will help their causes thanks to the generosity of The Rotary Club of Terre Haute.
The club awarded over $7,600 in total grants on Tuesday. Recipients included St. Benedict Church Soup Kitchen, Art Spaces Inc., Riverscape, St. Patrick Catholic Church Soup Kitchen, and Happiness Bag.
Many of the local organizations included in the grant already have plans for the donated funds. St. Benedict Church Soup Kitchen will use the money for an AED Defibulator, St. Patrick Catholic Church Soup Kitchen will purchase a new knife set and rack, Art Spaces Inc. will use the money to help progress their current cultural trails project, and Riverscape plans to use their donation to place benches along newly improved areas in the community.
The Rotary Club’s grant chair Richard Shagley says the money comes from a portion of the club’s membership dues. Shagley says this is just one of the ways The Rotary Club serves the community.
“Non-profits have all kinds of little things whether it’s a refrigerator breaking down and we’re just kind of here to try to supplement for those little things to help them get by that they don’t necessarily budget for in their day-to-day operations,” Shagley explained.
Happiness Bag is a local non-profit that works to specifically serve people with disabilities. That organization received over $2,900 dollars. The money will be used to purchase volleyball standards and netting to help keep physical activity options available for the members.
Happiness Bag Executive Director Jodi Moan says volleyball is an activity their friends enjoy.
“This is one of the huge things that we have so many friends that enjoy volleyball and this is just going to help move them forward and hopefully help move them on to some bigger competition with Special Olympics as well,” Moan said.