The foundation of the Rotary Club of Edina recently awarded a grant of $2,500 to Assistance League of Minneapolis/St. Paul. 
Assistance League of Minneapolis/St. Paul is an all-volunteer community nonprofit organization whose member volunteers feed and clothe children, enhance and enrich education and support and serve the Twin Cities area. Assistance League’s primary focus is to move low-income Twin Cities students forwarded by helping to meet basic needs.
With the grant from the Rotary Club of Edina, Assistance League will purchase books for multiple programs at one or more Minneapolis Public Schools. It is anticipated that at least 950 students ranging from pre-school to middle school will be given books to keep as part of the program.
“Providing books and essentials to low-income, disadvantaged students puts them on an equal footing with more advantages students to achieve educational equity and success,” said Janis Bates, Vice President of Resource Development for Assistance League. “Assistance League is committed to providing extra support to directly promote equity and inclusion so students in need can gain advantages in educational participation, more readily engage in class and school activities, and increase their potential for academic success.”
Money for grants awarded by the Edina Rotary Foundation is raised at an annual fall fundraiser and gala and donations made throughout the year. This year, the club will award more than $60,000 in grants. For more information about Community Service – Local Funding, contact Ryan Wilson, or 952-806-6786.