By Tom Mehl, Milford Lions Club
On May 26, 2016, at its 10th annual Eunice Reed Fund Awards Dinner Meeting, the Milford Lions Club presented a total of $64,000 to 17 Milford area community service organizations. The recipients were selected from a total of 21 applications received during January, 2016 and carefully evaluated by the Club. All 21 requests expressed sincere need, and the total funding requested far exceeded the Club’s allocation for this year. The final selection of recipients and amounts was made with difficulty. It was abundantly clear that the financial needs of Milford’s many non-profit organizations are significant and reflect the recovering economic climate.
The Reed Fund was established by the Milford Lions Club in 2006 to advance the wishes of long-time Milford resident, Eunice S. Reed, who wanted to give back to the community she and her husband had lived in for many years. Upon her death, Eunice Reed left most of her estate to the Milford Lions Club, presumably to continue or increase its civic and public-welfare work. The Club developed a plan to use the Reed Fund primarily to expand its range of activities and projects by utilizing the dedication and expertise of other Milford area non-profit organizations. By applying to the Reed Fund for assistance, other worthy Milford area organizations can obtain operational or start-up money for projects which will benefit the community in ways not currently addressed by Lions Club projects. Through careful management, it is expected that the Milford Lions Club will be able to continue a similar level of support well into the future.
The 2016 Reed Fund grant money was divided among the following list of recipients:
(1) Banneker Elementary School Life Skills Program to purchase kinesthetic desks for special- needs children. (2) Boy Scout Troop 186 to purchase additional camping gear and a storage shed. (3) Carlisle Fire Company to replace outdated and damaged toxic-gas multi-meters. (4) Carlisle Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary to continue their upgrade of the 20+ year old fire-hall kitchen equipment. (5) Church of the Nazarine for their food mission for homeless and needy individuals and families. (6) City of Milford Police Department to purchase armor vests and to replace old model portable police radios. (7) Harrington Sunshine 4-H Club for providing care-packages and craft projects for patients at Milford health-care and elderly-care facilities. (8) Hearts Unlimited (Milford Community Center) to replace the gym floor, with the primary beneficiary being their youth after-school program. (9) Kent-Sussex Industries to purchase laptop computers needed to support their remote work crews which go out to customer sites. (10) Kids First Academy to purchase special study carrels for special-needs students. (11) Milford Senior Center to replace the flooring in the lobby and to repair and repaint water-damaged walls and ceilings. (12) Mispillion Art League to fund “outreach” programs which provide art classes at the Home of the Brave, Stevenson House, etc. and “internal” kids art classes and summer programs. (13) Milford School District Positive Behavior Support Program to help fund recognition celebrations and prizes. (14) People’s Place to provide transportation for area veterans and their families to health-care facilities. (15) Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing to help support a program of therapy for disabled veterans. (16) Second Street Players to buy and install floor covering and wall sound-proofing in the backstage area. (17) St. John’s Church Food Pantry to maintain its food program for the needy.
The Milford Lions Club is extremely pleased and proud to be able to provide support for the above worthy organizations. They address a broad cross section of the community’s health, safety, civic and public welfare needs. A primary goal of the Milford Lions Club is to improve the quality of life in this community, and the Club is optimistic that the above listed grants will provide a meaningful step toward achieving that goal in 2016.
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