Hike funding

The Rotary Club of Sarnia awards funds to local groups

Eight local organizations have received financial assistance from the Rotary Club of Sarnia to carry out projects aimed at improving the quality of life in the city and surrounding areas.

The Rotary Club recently announced funding of over $50,000 in its first round of 2022 Action Grants. The Women’s Interval Home was one of the recipients and received $7,870 to complete renovations to his emergency shelter.

Fundraising and Marketing Coordinator Kyla Goodhand said the Women’s Interval Home has been running the Sponsor a Room campaign for the past few months to improve 10 resident rooms.

“We have 10 resident rooms and we also have an access room for groups. The money we received from the Rotary Club was used to renovate two of the rooms,” she said. “We redid the whole floor, we put in a new bed and a new mattress, we put in a new chest of drawers and we painted all the walls.”

With the renovations underway, other community partner donors (aside from the Rotary Club of Sarnia) included Shoppers Drug Mart’s of Sarnia-Lambton, Kel-Gor Limited, Seaway Kiwanis Club, Adam Dumond and Mike Cullis (through their hiking with the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation), RBC Social Impact Foundation and Sarnia Legion Branch 62.

Renovation of rooms at the Women’s Interval Home in Sarnia-Lambton. (Photo courtesy of the Rotary Club of Sarnia)

Goodhand said it’s important for women and children to have a welcoming and safe space to be in when going through a crisis.

“Especially during the pandemic, we’ve been using our shelter a lot and it’s been a long time since we’ve been able to update and renovate things, so it was nice that we could do that now,” she mentioned.

In 2021, 124 women and 65 children were admitted to the emergency shelter.

“This is a worthy project,” Rotary Club of Sarnia president Mike Elliott said in a statement. “We haven’t donated to the Women’s Interval Home in several years and it’s a project we’re happy to contribute to.”

People who are experiencing violence or know someone in crisis are encouraged to call the Women’s Interval Home at 1-800-265-1412.

Below is a list of other Rotary Club grant recipients included in this round of funding. Exact funding amounts were not specified, however, media contact Michael John Kooy said the amounts distributed to each group ranged between $5,000 and $15,000.

Kooy said approximately $50,000 in funding will be available in the second round of Rotary Club grants. The application deadline is August 15. He said the Rotary Club typically receives 10 to 12 applicants per funding cycle and applicants are encouraged to reapply.

The guidelines and application form are available on the Rotary Club website.

2022 Action Grant Recipients (Round One)

– The Alzheimer Society of Sarnia Lambton will complete the outdoor terrace space

– Local hashtag project

– St. John Ambulance of Sarnia Lambton will help purchase 10 mannequins for CPR training

– Sarnia Lambton Suicide Prevention to support a community navigator role

– Hospice Saint-Joseph for a bath and shower lift

– Pathways Health Center for Children for website redesign

– Safer Spaces Canada Project for its All Drag Empowering Youth Art project