The Rotary Club of Doylestown awarded nonprofit organizations with grants totaling $23,100.

ImageAt the annual "Four Way Test" awards breakfast, held on April 30 2014, the following organizations were presented checks:

The Ann Silverman Health Clinic - $1,500
Bucks County Conservation District - $1,100
Camp Discovery - $3,000
Central Bucks YMCA - $3,000
Community Conservatory - $2,000
Doylestown County Theater - $3,000
Doylestown Post 175, Veterans of Foreign Wars - $3,000
Doylestown's Youth Fishing Program - $1,500
Mercer Museum, Bucks County Historical Society - $1,000
Peaceful Living - $2,000
Shelter Box USA - $2,000

The Ann Silverman Health Clinic

The Ann Silverman Community Health Clinic is a non-profit corporation founded as a volunteer-driven program to meet the health care needs of the uninsured in our community. It was the first free clinic in Bucks County and is among the longest operating free clinics in Pennsylvania. $1,500 was provided to fund their Diabetes Control program to deliver diabetes management coaching to clinic patients. Patients will be provided with glucose monitoring kits and intensive case management including weekly coaching calls.



Bucks County Conservation District

The Bucks County Conservation District provides for the wise use, management, and development of the county’s soil, water, and related natural resources with cooperation of public agencies, private groups, and individuals. They received $1,100 funding for Birding for Tweens. This program will introduce youth ages 12-15 to birding in a summer recreation program at Doylestown’s Township’s Central Park. This program will provide an opportunity for the tweens to learn about the environment and give them a sense of place in their communities.



Bucks County Global War on Terrorism Memorial

The Doylestown Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 175, is a non-profit service organization supporting the community, veterans, and their families. The VFW’s objectives include preservation and strengthening comradeship among its members; to perpetuate the memory and history of our dead, and to assist their widows and orphans. The membership of Doylestown Post 175 includes veterans of all conflicts from World War II through today’s conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Rotary provided $3,000 funding for the Bucks County Global War on Terrorism Memorial.The Memorial is located in the courtyard of the Bucks County Courthouse. It will allow us to remember the 21 men and women from Bucks County who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving their country in Iraq or Afghanistan during the Global War on Terrorism.



Camp Discovery Inc.

Camp Discovery is a weeklong 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.



Central Bucks Family YMCA

Central Bucks Family YMCA is one of the largest non-profit community service organizations in Bucks County. The Y strives to improve the quality of community life by addressing specific needs within our community through targeted programs and services pertaining to community health and wellness.The Central Bucks Y is collaborating with the Pennsylvania YMCA Alliance in its effort to train 5% of the state’s population in the recognition, prevention and appropriate response to child sexual abuse.The Stewards of Children child sexual abuse prevention program is a 2 hour curriculum, professionally facilitated by experts in the fields of child protection along with detailed accounts from adult survivors. $3,000 in funding for “Stewards of Children, Darkness to Light” booklets and facilitator training.



Community Conservatory

The Community Conservatory is a Doylestown non-profit organization whose mission is to provide education and performance opportunities in music, drama, and art for all ages, income levels, and abilities. In addition to on-site individual and group arts classes, they offer four charitable outreach initiatives: Music Therapy for people with special needs; SMART arts enrichment for at-risk youth; Tuition Assistance Grants for financially disadvantaged families; and Arts for seniors, music and art classes for senior residences.$2,000 will allow them to install additional soundproofing for music therapy studios at their new Cold Spring Creamery Road location. Soundproofing is especially important for students with autism and other developmental disabilities, many of whom are easily distracted by sound leaks from nearby studios.



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 stock the pond with trout for youth fishing day.On Fishing Day, youth age 16 and underare invited to cast their lines and enjoy a wonderful day of fishing. $1,500 support for the 2014 Fishing Day.



Doylestown's County Theater

The County Theater is a nonprofit community-owned and membership based art movie theater that has been a part of the Doylestown community for over 20 years, in a 75 year-old theater building. In 2013 they screened over 140 films to over 80,000 patrons. They feature weekly first-run films, along with special film series and live broadcasts from the National Theatre in London.$3,000 will partially fund the installation of wireless technology for hearing and visual assistance equipment.



Mercer Museum, Bucks County Historical Society

The Bucks County Historical Society, founded in 1880, operates both the Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle. Fonthill Castle holds the Henry C. Mercer collection of morethan 25,000 items of early American daily life.The log cabin is the centerpiece of the Mercer Museum’s Log House Life program designed to encourage historical thinking and develop an understanding of everyday life during the late Colonial and early National eras. In 2013, nearly 3,000 children experienced the Log House as part of their school field trips, and their participation in a variety of other Mercer Museum education initiatives.$1,000 will support restoration work on theirlog cabin, the centerpiece of their Log House Life curriculum.



Peaceful Living

Peaceful Living provide holistic care, for the body, mind, and spirit of persons with disabilities. They serve people with intellectual disabilities and autism in several ways including in-home and community support programs and residential services in community based family style homes.The pARTners program of Creative Gifts helps adults (over 21) with disabilities continue to work on motor skills and social skills once they have graduated from high school.$2,000 will support Peaceful Living’s pARTners Program of Creative Gifts.



ShelterBox USA

ShelterBox, founded in 2000, is the premier international aid organization that provides emergency shelter and life-saving equipment following disasters such as earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict.Each box supplies an extended family with a tent and life-saving equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless. The contents are tailored depending on the nature and location of the disaster.The donation amount to sponsor each box is $1,000, which includes delivery direct to those who need it. Since 2000, Shelter box has provided over 135,000 boxes to those in need.

Already in 2014, Shelterbox has responded to Zimbabwe flooding, Indonesia volcanos and Indonesia flooding.Last year, 2013, they responded to disasters in 24 locations including The Philippines, Pakistan, Sudan, Iraq, India, Uganda, Haiti, Australia, Mozambique, Jordan, Syria, …and tornadoes in the USA.This $1,000 will purchase one shelter box. The Rotary Club of Doylestown purchases two shelter boxes per year.