Each year, the Rotary Club of Arlington Heights commits to a Community Service theme that guides all volunteer and grant-making efforts. The 2017 theme is Making a Difference in Arlington Heights.
This spring, we sought grant applications from organizations interested in launching or expanding programming to serve community residents. Rotary leadership is pleased to announce our grant winners, chosen from submitted proposals, and introduce their projects. 
Service Above Self; Making a Difference in Arlington Heights!Small congregation, big impact
At Cross and Crown Lutheran Church, the small congregation seeks to make a big impact on the community. According to staff, “our daycare takes care of families that sometimes are not served by other centers because they cannot pay full tuition. Our Ministry of Hope serves more people every Saturday than we have as members of the church.” Both the church’s ministries, Ministry of Hope and Kids of the Kingdom, are spread thin in their efforts to reach and serve members of the community who rely on them.
Roof repairs: part grant, part labor
Cross and Crown’s roof is leaking at several junctures. With an $1,800 Community Grant from Rotary Club of Arlington Heights, the church leadership can purchase roofing materials necessary to make repairs without having to use funds from either active ministry. This means that both ministries can continue serving the community. A professional roofer whose son attends the church’s preschool/daycare program will perform the repairs in his spare time free of charge.
The Rotary Club of Arlington Heights is dedicated to ‘Service Above Self’ and contributes monies raised through our primary fundraisers, Rotary Santa Run and the Special Leisure Services Foundation Classic Golf Outing. Funds are donated through the Arlington Heights Rotary Club's Community Grant Program. For more information on the Rotary Club of Arlington Heights and the Community Grant Program, please visit http://arlingtonheightsrotary.org.