Where Do Auction Proceeds Go?
The projects mentioned below were among those receiving funds from the 2009 and 2010 Bainbridge Island Rotary Auction & Rummage Sales.
- Bainbridge High School shop refit: $13,000 Bainbridge Rotary grant to purchase new equipment for high school shop classes, replacing older equipment that did not meet current safety standards.
- A $10,000 grant to Helpline House, matched by additional funds from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, for Island programs to help prevent homelessness.
- College & vocational scholarships, totaling more than $20,000 each year, to Bainbridge Island high school graduates
- KidiMu (Bainbridge Island Children’s Museum), $20,000 grant to install an elevator in their new building.
- A grant to Bainbridge Island Sportsman’s Club to help replace the front porch and make their facility compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- Hope House, $4,175 grant for insulation and duct work to reduce energy costs at their residential facility for developmentally disabled adults.
- Annual support of Bainbridge High School’s Rotary Youth Exchange program.
- Sakai School: $7,500 matching grant toward construction of Phase II of the solar power project at Sakai School.
- Island Music Center, grant to replace old carpeting in their facility.
- West Sound Wildlife Shelter, matching grant for video monitoring equipment for the flight cage to monitor night-time activity.
- Woodward School, $1,000 grant for an expansion of the garden area south of the greenhouse.
- Literacy Council of Kitsap County, $1,000 grant to purchase books supporting education for Bainbridge Island adults, particularly those studying English as a Second Language.
- Bainbridge Island Grange, matching grants toward refurbishment of the Grange Building (bathroom, stairway improvements, and thermal windows).
- Uganda water, health, and literacy projects. For international projects, the club has leveraged local funds to receive major grants, allowing the drilling of wells to serve more than 100 villages in rural Uganda.
- Contributions to Rotary International’s polio eradication program
- Bainbridge Island Historical Museum, grant to purchase computer hardware and software to digitize many of the museum’s holdings.
- Bainbridge Island Little League, $7,500 grant toward PA systems for the fields at Strawberry Hill Park.
- Bainbridge Island Park District, $50,000 toward the cost of a mobile stage
- Smiles for Life, grant of $8,654 to purchase equipment (at the B.I. Senior Center) to provide affordable dental care for low-income seniors.
- Trust for Working Landscapes, $5,218 grant toward a greenhouse on the Morales family farm, which will provide indoor growing space for plant propagation and a facility for educational purposes.
- Trail improvements, $2,362 grant for improvements to the Suzuki Trail, used by school children and neighborhood residents in the Sportsman Club-Commodore neighborhood.
- Student of the Month program at Bainbridge High School, recognizing two students each month for outstanding achievement (with a $100 stipend)
- Boys & Girls State scholarship (Rotary contribution to American Legion, which manages the program)
The coming year’s recipients haven’t been determined yet, but the list from past years provides a good indication of the types of projects that your donations help support. Rotary extends its tanks to all of our donors and volunteers, for making this work possible.