The foundation of the Rotary Club of Edina recently awarded a grant of $2,000 to Fishing For Life.
Fishing For Life is a non-profit organization with eight programs to reach at-risk youth, disadvantaged families and veterans in the Minneapolis area. The organization provides fishing supplies, education and mentoring to these underserved populations through the more than 75 events it hosts each year. The grant from the Rotary Club of Edina will be used to purchase 100 tackle boxes to be filled with bait and other equipment.
“We believe that, given a chance, at-risk youth would relish the opportunity to have their own fishing equipment to participate in outdoor activities,” said Executive Director Thomas Goodrich in his grant application. “The tackle boxes [are] the needed start for youth in the metro city to begin fishing activities that Fishing For Life provides year round. If we can assist in improving a child’s academic performance and emotional health by offering tackle boxes, in a significant way Fishing for Life can potentially aid in helping local children in becoming healthier adults later in life.”
Money for grants awarded by the Edina Rotary Foundation is raised at an annual fall fundraiser and gala and donations made throughout the year.