Rotary Club of Menlo Park awards grants totally $25,000 to local non-profits

by Contributed Content on May 18, 2015

The Rotary Club of Menlo Park presented grant checks totaling $25,000 to local non-profit organizations at the Rotary luncheon on May 6, 2015.

In January, the Rotary Club of Menlo Park announced the availability of funds to be granted to local non-profit groups that identify a compelling public need in Menlo Park or a surrounding community and project to help solve that problem.

“We received 36 grant applications requesting funds for some very interesting and worthwhile projects. Our committee had a very hard time selecting the recipients for the grants. Ultimately, we had to choose projects that closely aligned with our objectives,” says Gifts Committee Chair, Michelle Tsui.

Being an all-volunteer organization with the motto “Service Above Self,” the Rotary Club of Menlo Park appreciates and recognizes those organizations that make positive and lasting changes in the community. The list of recipients includes:

  • ALearn
  • CASA of San Mateo County
  • Downtown Food Closet
  • Eagle Scout project for Menlo-Atherton High School
  • Eastside College Prep
  • Fraternite Notre Dame
  • Friends of Youth
  • JobTrain
  • Lytton Garden/Episcopal Senior Communities Foundation
  • M-A Foundation for the Future
  • My New Red Shoes
  • Ravenswood Education Foundation
  • Sequoia Adult School Scholars
  • Siena Youth Center
  • StarVista

The Rotary Club of Menlo Park consists of volunteers who are active or retired business professionals who live or work in the City of Menlo Park and neighboring cities. Among other community service projects, the Club has recently started a community garden project in the Belle Haven community. The Club also puts on two major fundraising events annually – the “Taste of Menlo & Beyond” food, wine and music benefit in June and the “Tour de Menlo” bike ride in August. For more information, please visit or email

Photo by Michele Tsui

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