The Rotary Club of Doylestown awarded nonprofit organizations with grants totaling $15,620.

ImageAt the annual "Four Way Test" awards breakfast, held on April 24 2013, the following organizations were presented checks:

The Ann Silverman Health Clinic - $1,000
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County - $2,000
Bucks County Housing Group - $2,000
Bucks County Opportunity Council - $1,500
Bucks County SPCA - $2,000
Camp Discovery Inc. - $3,000
Doylestown's Youth Fishing Program - $1,500
Doylestown FISH - $1,000
NOVA the Network of Victim Assistance - $1,620

The Ann Silverman Health Clinic

The Ann Silverman Health Clinic at Doylestown Hospital provides free medical and dental care for uninsured low-income adults and children in the central Bucks County community. This was the first free clinic in Bucks County and is among the longest operating free clinics in Pennsylvania.

$1,000 funding for medical care, education, and social services at local homeless shelters.

Accepting the check is Michael Ratahczak, Executive Director of The Ann Silverman Health Clinic



Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring one-to-one mentoring relationships. They help these children achieve success in school, learn to avoid risky behaviors, and improve their relationships with their peers, and family.

$2,000 will support The Options Life Skills Enhancement Series; workshops and group activities for youth ages 10-17 referred by Juvenile Probation and Children and Youth Services.



Accepting the check is Ursula Raczak, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County. 


Bucks County Housing Group

BCHG is the largest provider of homeless services in Bucks County operating five shelters in Bucks County. They also manage three community food pantries, and own and operate 80 low-income rental housing units.

$2,000 for replacement of cement walkways at their Fountainville site, home for 11 low-income families; nine of the families were formerly living in one of their homeless shelters




Accepting the check is Melissa Mantz, Development Office for BCHG. 

Bucks County Opportunity Council

The Bucks County Opportunity Council works to ensure all residents of Bucks County can enjoy life and all the joys that the county has to offer – including a life without poverty. Their mission is to help low-income families in Bucks County achieve and sustain economic self-sufficiency. In 2012 they served nearly 9,000 people.

$1,500 will provide financial support to the 57 households enrolled in the Economic Self-Sufficiency Program assisting 91 children with school clothing.





Accepting the check is Jessie Marushak, Director of Development for BCOC. 

Bucks County SPCA

The Bucks County SPCA has served the animals – and the people – of our community for more than 100 years - to prevent and alleviate the suffering of animals. They operate shelters in Lahaska and Quakertown, and care for approximately 6,000 animals per year.

$2,000 for refurbishment of their Lahaska SPCA shelter’s surgery room. The surgery is used for thousands of surgical and other medical procedures each year including the spaying and neutering of adopted animals.










Accepting the check is Beth Kittrell, Director of Development of BC-SPCA.

Camp Discovery Inc.

Camp Discovery is a week long summer program run by an all-volunteer staff that supports overnight camping for up to 40 campers. One-on-one counselors work with children 8 to 11 years old who grow up in difficult life situations and are often unable to participate in other summer programs.

$3,000 in general funding will offset camper lodging costs










Accepting the check is Bob Duaime.

Doylestown's Youth Fishing Program

Doylestown's Youth Fishing Program is a community tradition. Each year, volunteers clean and prepare the Borough Dam pond located at Chapman Park and the pond is stocked with trout.

On Fishing Day, youth age 16 and under, are invited to cast their lines and enjoy a wonderful day of fishing.

$1,500 support for the 2013 Fishing Day







Image Accepting the check is Mike Stachel.





Doylestown FISH

FISH provides food, housing, helps with prescriptions, rent, utility bills, a bus ticket, or any other short-term emergency need helping poorest and weakest members of our community. Although FISH receives much of its funding from local churches, it provides help regardless of religious affiliation, race, gender or any other personal factor.

$1,000 funding for emergency assistance to people in need when no other timely assistance is available.








Accepting the check is Larry Reilly, Treasurer of Doylestown FISH


NOVA the Network of Victim Assistance

NOVA is Bucks County’s non-profit rape crisis and comprehensive crime victim services agency. They support, counsel, and empower victims of sexual assault and other serious crimes and work to prevent and eliminate violence.

$1,620 to fund quality multi-media presentation on Bullying and Internet Safety for students in Bucks County







 Image Accepting the check is Mandy Mundy, Director of Education and Training


Each year the Rotary Club of Doylestown presents grants, up to $3,000, to local nonprofit organizations. Community organizations may submit proposals that provide services which benefit the citizens of Doylestown & the surrounding communities.  The grants may be used for capital improvements or the implementation of an activity, but may not be used to supplement payroll for existing staff.   Each organization may submit one request.   Grant requests can be submitted Jan-Feb of each year. The Doylestown Rotary evaluates all grant requests and the selected recipients are presented a check in April at the annual "Four Way Test" awards breakfast. The Request for Proposal form can be obtained in the download section on the home page of this web site. For more information, contact John Ortolf, 215-230-2918.