Posted by JRS on Jul 15, 2017
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 as well as introduce their projects.  
 
AEDs save lives
The leading cause of death in the US is cardiovascular disease. Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is one very serious and acute form of cardiovascular disease—with a high death rate among victims. Access to an automated external defibrillator (AED) and CPR training can dramatically reduce SCA’s death rate: some studies show that 40-50% of victims can survive if intervention happens within 3-5 minutes of the episode’s start. It’s estimated that only 2% of SCA victims are treated with AEDs during an episode.
 
High incidence of health issues among homeless
JOURNEYS serves the homeless population in and around Arlington Heights. This population has a higher incidence of health issues relative to the general population, including mental, physical and co-occurring problems. Hypertension and diabetes are especially prevalent. Among JOURNEYS’ HOPE Center clients, nearly a third face a mental health issue, 27% suffer from chronic illness, and 19% report a physical illness. While incidences of heart failure remain rare in both the general and homeless populations, one JOURNEY client suddenly collapsed and died several years ago, according to the agency’s clinical director.
 
AED access when and where it’s needed
With $1,700 awarded by one of Rotary Club of Arlington Heights Community Grants, Journeys will purchase an AED and make it available to HOPE Center staff. Those trained in AED use will also receive CPR training as a complement. In the grant application, staff noted, “Clients will know that HOPE Center staff, trained to properly use the AED and practice CPR, are there to prevent the loss of life.”
 
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.