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March 29, 2013

Rotary Club of Andover donates $5K to local groups

ANDOVER — The Rotary Club of Andover recently distributed a total of $5,000 in grants to area non-profit organizations that support stronger communities, health, education and families.

The grant recipients are:

The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MCPCC) for its dedication to ensuring the health and safety of children.

Young Opera Company of New England which provides the highest quality music education in both opera performance and choral music for children ages 8-18. Workshops, operas, concerts and recitals are offered throughout the year.

Family to Family, an organization, started five years ago to provide rides, musical instruments, sports equipment, clothing, used bikes, after-school programs, and camperships for kids living at the Andover Housing Authority at Memorial Circle, Andover.

Andover Youth Services which aims to provide young people useful experiences to promote healthy growth and development. The goal is to build a network of affordable, accessible, safe, and challenging youth programs that appeal and respond to the diverse interests of young adolescents and their families.

Lazarus House of Lawrence which helps head of households and individuals living in poverty regain their dignity and become self sufficient members of our community by offering emergency shelter, food and clothing to people in crisis especially children and then providing transitional housing, advocacy, health services, education and work preparation to permanently break the cycle of poverty.

Rotoplast International, an organization that provides free cleft palate surgery to children and adults in rural areas around the world.

Shelter Box which provides emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies for families around the world who are affected by disasters. Most recent projects include relief to Syrian refugees in Iraq.

Trauma Intervention Program of Merrimack Valley, a group of specially trained citizen volunteers who are called by police officers, firefighters and hospital personnel to provide emotional and practical support to victims of traumatic events and their families in the first few hours following a tragedy,

“All of the non-profits are so fortunate to have the commitment of the Rotary Club of Andover both locally and globally,” said Ray Joyce, Director of Development Lazarus House Ministries.

The Rotary Club of Andover is a civic organization of men and women. The Club meets Fridays at 7:30 a.m. at the Lanam Club, 260 N. Main St.

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