Soroptimist of Cameron Park/El Dorado Hills hosted the annual Grant Awards Night on last month at Sierra Vista Bank in Cameron Park.
“This event is extremely gratifying to our members as it is the rewarding culmination of all the efforts we invest in Chocolate Affair and our other fundraisers,” said incoming Club President and Grant Award Coordinator Shelley Thomas. “This year, we are returning more than $10,000 to the community.”
Thirteen worthy local projects received financial aid.
Seven of the awards were directed to groups that improve the lives of youngsters in our community: El Dorado County Academic Decathlon for study materials, Ponderosa Sober Grad Night to provide scholarships to grad night events, Big Brothers/Big Sisters to acquire materials for a new high school program, Santa’s Open House helping foster youth scholarships, CASA for the wait list, New Morning Youth and Family Services to assist with their curriculum and Choices Transition at Services helping with the expense of a TV.
Other organizations received support for their programs: Upper Room Dining Hall to aid in the acquisition of food, El Dorado Center for Visually Impaired, for the expenses involved in services to their clients, Partners in Care received help with conference costs, Hang Town Haven has ongoing expenses for the camp and received assistance, United Outreach was awarded a grant to secure basic hygiene supplies and Sierra Community Access TV has gotten help with the expenses of video productions.
“The opportunity to help these groups in the community is an honor,” said President Marlyn Pino-Jones.