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Bill Bragga

Sebastopol Sunrise Rotary
Community Grants

Jun 28, 2017


There’s a common link to a series of events taking place this month. Somewhere in West County there are some very happy kids sporting new athletic shoes. At the same time, multiple visitors to the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation will have an opportunity to refer to the “Field Guide to the Laguna” throughout the coming year. Years from now, all of us may well benefit from the leadership training being provided to a group of teens under theTomorrow’s Leaders Today program, sponsored by Social Advocates for Youth (SAY).

What all of these events have in common (along with 24 others!) is that their parent organizations were recipients of funds from Sebastopol Sunrise Rotary’s Community Grant Program, with checks going out in the last several weeks. Twenty-seven different projects were selected this year, ranging from those mentioned above to support of theStewards of the Coast and Redwoods community education events, safety updates at the Earle Baum Center of the Blind, ADA updates to bring Ives Pool into compliance with ADA standards, and a new portable defibrillator for the Sebastopol Volunteer Fire Department.

Aimed at providing funding for special projects and/or improvements that are of a one-time nature rather than ongoing operational or consumable costs, the Community Grant Program – aimed at special projects and targeting organizations which do not have multiple funding sources – proudly supports West County organizations as one of its core outreach activities. Said President Scott Hensey, “Rotary is all about service. We live and work in this community and we consider it a key part of our mission to support as many service projects as we possibly can. The fundraising events we sponsor throughout the year give us to the means to make a positive difference in West County and we’re committed to making that happen every way we can.”

PHOTO: Brill Braga, Sebastopol Fire Chief, displays a new LifePak 1000 advanced defibrillator, obtained with the help of a Community Grant from the Rotary Club Sebastopol Sunrise.


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