Girls Inc. gets grant from A.M. Rotary

The A.M. Rotary Club presented Girls, Inc. with a check for $1,002.14 for Girls Inc.’s Project Leadership program. From left are A.M. Rotary Club Past President Keith Coates, Girls Inc. Executive Director Lise Bender and Treasurer/President-Elect Jessica Rich.

For Girls Inc., it’s not just about the money, it’s about the time.

Girls Inc. of Hamblen County received a Rotary Club Community Grant for $1,002.14 Tuesday morning at the A.M. Rotary Club’s weekly meeting at The Country Club.

The funding is in the form of a match. The Rotary District 6780 funding amounts to $500.14. Along with the A.M. Rotary Club’s matching of $502, the grant totals $1,002.14.

The money will be used toward Girls Inc’s Project Leadership program, for 65 girls, ages nine to 11 during the afterschool program this fall. The program was designed in cooperation with some of the A.M. Rotary members as program facilitators and mentors.

“The program will happen over the fall for us,” Girls Inc. Executive Director Lise Bender said. “We’re most excited about getting to work with this club and get us all connected.

With the grant, Girls Inc. doesn’t get just the funds, but they get the time from successful adults.

“Any time that the girls can see and have that attention from successful caring adults that makes all the difference in the world.”

Girls Inc. exists to provide life-enhancing experiences and targeted learning opportunities to girls who may not have the resources, support or confidence to cross their barriers to dream a better future. The mission is to continually and consistently extend opportunities to low-income and underserved girls.

According to the grant application, at least 72 percent of the girls served are free and reduced lunch eligible. Only 43 percent of the girls in the program live in a home that have two resident parents and more than 38 percent are minorities which reflects the multicultural and socio-economic diversity of the community. This diversity fosters an environment of cooperation, inclusion, tolerance and creativity for all girls who attend.

For more information about Girls Inc., go to www.girlsinchamblencounty.org.