The Rotary Club of Coatesville recently donated $10,100 to various local charitable organizations during its biannual distribution of funds that the club raises through its various activities throughout the year.Grants were issued as follows: Boy Scouts of America, Chester County Council - $500 for Learning for Life Program in collaboration with the Rotary Club's STRIVE program at Coatesville Area High School; Chester County Branch Inc., Pennsylvania Association for the Blind-$2,000 to provide eye examinations and glasses for low income residents in the Coatesville area; City of Coatesville Community Arts & Recreation Department Camp - $2,000 restricted for camper scholarships; Coatesville Center for Community Health-$500 for Back to School Day event which provides over 200 children with free backpacks, school supplies, vaccinations and health education materials; Habitat for Humanity of Chester County - $1,000 the fund collaborative Rotary Habitat House; Salvation Army - $2,000 to aid start-up of Glenmoore Food Pantry; Brandywine YMCA-$1,200 for "Girls on the Run," a program for 30 girls aged 8-11 in two Coatesville elementary schools; Coatesville Library-$400; and Rotary Project to provide solar array for hospital in Gambia which operates without electricity - $500.

The Rotary Club of Coatesville raises funds for charitable giving through a number of events held throughout the year. A majority of its funds are raised in partnership with the Brandywine Health and Wellness Foundation which holds the annual Strawberry Festival at Brandywine Hospital. The club also runs its famous hot dog and hamburger stand at the festival, as well as at other area locations throughout the year, including The Gray-stone Society's Victorian Ice Cream Festival and West Brandywine Township's Concert in the Park.

All funds raised by the club via its projects is donated directly back to the Coatesville Area community by way of the club's bi-annual grant making. Residents are encouraged to come out and support the club in it's efforts to help the various non-profit agencies and the people they serve.

The Rotary Club of Coatesville is always looking for new members willing to help the club achieve it's mission of making the Coatesville Area a better place to live and work. For more information, contact Club President Martha Skiadas at (610) 384-2997 or visit the club's web-site at

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