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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Rotary Club of Naperville presents 36 Community Service Grants to area nonprofits


Above / Rotarian John Norman, left, and Rotarian Stephanie Jones-Kastelic, right, present grant to LaVerne E. Mathews from The Alive Center. 

Below / Rotary Club of Naperville members and grant recipients are pictured during a recent luncheon in the Pavilion at Meson Sabika. (Photos by Hunter Byington)

On June 1, 2023, The Rotary Club of Naperville presented their annual Community Service Grants Award Luncheon in the Pavilion at Meson Sabika. The Rotary Club of Naperville awarded $175,000 in grants to 36 non-profit organizations that provide community support and basic humanitarian needs. The grants were funded through generous donations from the Rotary Club of Naperville Charities and Naperville Rotary Charities. 

“I was proud to serve as a co-chair for this committee for the third year,” said Rotary Club of Naperville member Stephanie Jones-Kastelic.It is a wonderful feeling to play a part in empowering organizations that lift up and strengthen those in all aspects of need including food, clothing, shelter, physical and mental health, individual development, education, and sanitation. This program really goes hand in hand with our Rotarian motto of service above self.      

Recipients were selected from a pool of applicants based on their benefit to Naperville and surrounding areas and the measurable impact the grant would have on their organization and the community it serves. All recipients that were awarded grants are 501(c)3 organizations.  

Any organization that would like to be considered for a future grant is encouraged to apply when the 2024 application is made available in January 2024 at 2024 www.rotaryclubofnaperville.org  

2023 Community Service Grant recipients   

Education / Academy of the Arts / Elyssa’s Mission / Indian Prairie Educational Foundation / Literacy DuPage / Naperville Education Foundation

Family Services / Career and Networking Center / Family Shelter Service of Metropolitan Family Services DuPage / Loaves and Fishes Community Services / Love Your Neighbor / Touch My Heart / West Suburban Community Pantry / YMCA Metropolitan Chicago

Food/Shelter/Clothing / Bridge Communities / DuPage PADS / Hesed House

Mental/Physical Health and Individual Development / Awesome Life Academy / DayOne PACT / Edward Foundation / Little Friends / NAMI DuPage / SamaraCare / Turning Pointe Autism Foundation / Western DuPage Special Recreation Association

Senior Services / DuPage Senior Citizens Council / Naperville and Lisle Triad / Naperville Elderly Homes (Martin Avenue Apartments) / Naperville Seniors in Action (Ride Assist Naperville) / Riverwalk Adult Day Services / Senior Home Sharing

Youth Services / Alive Center / CASA DuPage County / KidsMatter / Teen Parent Connection / Three Fires Council / YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago – Safe & Sound  

Community Support / NCTV17 

Rotary Club of Naperville since 1941  

The Rotary Club of Naperville was founded on March 31, 1941 with 15 members, Today, the Rotary Club of Naperville has more than 100 members who are dedicated to “service above self,” providing a wide variety of service projects in the community and globally. The Club meets at 12:15PM most Thursdays in person or on Zoom, and guests are welcome to join.  

The Rotary Club of Naperville is a member of Rotary International, one of the first humanitarian organizations, and is a part of over 35,000 Rotary Clubs in more than 200 counties and geographical areas with 1.2 million members worldwide. The purpose of our fellowship is to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and to help build goodwill and peace in the world. The Rotary Club of Naperville includes members who are leaders in the fields of business, education, religion, non-profit organizations, government, and many other vocations. For more info, visit www.rotaryclubofnaperville.org.  

Story and photo submitted by Rotarian Dave Della Terza, Marketing and Communications for Rotary Club of Naperville.

Four Rotary Clubs of Naperville

In addition to the Rotary Club of Naperville, this city is home to three other Rotary Clubs, all members of Rotary International and Rotary District 6450 and dedicated to “Service Above Self”; and each with different leadership, personality and fundraising goals as well as members that meet at a different time and place. The “Rotary Year” runs July 1 through June 30.

  • Chartered in 1991, the Rotary Club of Naperville-Sunrise meets from 7-8AM every Friday (except the last of each month!) at Naperville Country Club from April through the end of the year and at other locations when NCC is closed for the season. Currently, Rotary/Sunrise is planning Rotary Bike Ride on Sun., August 13.
  • Chartered in 2007, Rotary Club of Naperville / Downtown meets weekly at 4:44PM on most Wednesdays. On the second and fourth Wednesdays the club meets in person at Angeli’s Restaurant, 1478 E Chicago Ave. Other meetings on the first and third Wednesdays are via Zoom. No meeting if there is a fifth Wednesday in a month or if a holiday falls in that week.
  • Chartered in 2017, Rotary Club of Naperville After Dark meets selected Tuesdays at 6:30PM at the Knights of Columbus, 615 E. Ogden Ave.

Member Rotarians are known to “make up” meetings by attending meetings at other Rotary Clubs in Naperville, in Illinois, the United States and throughout the world. Visiting other Rotary Clubs is a great way to learn about Rotary projects and fundraisers that can make a difference for unmet needs as well as to experience first hand what’s happening in other communities. Rotary Clubs meet to build friendships, goodwill and peace worldwide with a motto of “Service above Self.” Guests are welcome. Guest fees vary from club to club. —PN



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