2018 Santa Run Beneficiary – Building Hope for At-Risk Girls by United Methodist Youth Home

The Rotary Santa Run’s Grant Committee was astounded with the enthusiasm and interest shown by organizations within the Tri-State requesting funding of their projects from the proceeds of the 2018 Santa Run scheduled for December 1, 2018.  We received 30 outstanding grant applications.

With much deliberation, the committee chose Building Hope for At-Risk Girls by United Methodist Youth Home. Since 1979, the United Methodist Youth Home has been helping at-risk girls in Southern Indiana. The young ladies they serve often come from backgrounds of abuse and neglect, and they strive to impart to them that they are individuals worthy of love and success. Their services include Day Treatment, to help young men & women get their TASC (formerly GED), Truancy Intervention, to help teens stay in school, and Residential, where young men & women are placed into their care by the Department of Child Services (DCS) or the juvenile court system. The $20,000 gift will be used to help build a new home for the girls Residential program, which will allow them to open and operate the Semi-Independent Living program in the current Residential group home.  Rotary Club of Evansville will receive naming rights for the dining area in the new girl’s home, and the information will also be included in the newsletter, as well as on social media channels.

The Rotary Club of Evansville is a Service Above Self organization which supports the Evansville and Tri-State communities by providing resources for projects and programs which serve to benefit and strengthen our community.  Proposals most likely to catch our review committee’s attention are those that pull on our heartstrings.