Through its grants program, Pleasanton North Rotary Foundation sustains the club’s ongoing support of Tri-Valley community services.
On April 1, Denise Barr, grants chair of the Assistance League of Amador Valley (at right), accepted a $4000 grant from PNR Foundation Chair Darcy DeCoite and PNR President-Elect Billy Buckley to support programs for 1200 Tri-Valley residents in 2021. They include Operation School Bell, a multi-faceted initiative that supplies elementary school children with clothes, books, vision screenings, and essential social services; Food for Families, a food distribution program that experiences10-fold growth during the pandemic; and Caring for the Elderly, which supported Tri-Valley senior centers.
On April 8, Marcie Senter, development officer with Shepherd’s Gate, Livermore (at right below) was awarded a $2300 grant from PNR Foundation Darcy DeCoite and PNR President Michael Cherman. The funds will be dedicated to the acquisition and installation of 300 energy-efficient LED lightbulbs for the Shepherd’s Gate Life Center and two resident halls.
Senter was also the featured speaker at that meeting. During her presentation, she described three other PNR grants that have made a critical difference for the distressed women and children who rely on Shepherd Gate's support. They included a $1300 grant in 2018 for an over-the-range microwave oven and storage cabinets; a $1500 grant in 2020 for shower enclosures, window treatments, TV monitor installation and other improvements, as well as a 2021 sweat equity project involving a new picnic table for outdoor dining and socializing, desk assembly to support at-home study, clothes pantry organization, and cosmetics inventory.