On May 23, 2013, at its annual Eunice Reed Fund Awards Dinner Meeting, the Milford Lions Club presented a total of $62,400 to 19 Milford area non-profit organizations. The recipients were selected from a total of 37 applications received during January, 2013 and carefully evaluated by the Club. All 37 had merit, but the total funding requested was in excess of $300,000. The final selection was made with great difficulty. It is obvious that the financial needs of Milford’s charitable and civic organizations are significant and are a reflection of the tough economic times.
The Reed Fund was established by the Milford Lions Club in 2006 to advance the wishes of a long-time Milford resident, Eunice S. Reed, to give back to the community she and her husband had lived in for so long. Upon her death, Eunice Reed left most of her estate to the Milford Lions Club to carry out its civic and public-welfare work. The Club plans to use the Reed Fund, in addition to its traditional community service projects, to offer support to other worthwhile organizations in need of operational or start-up money. It is expected that the Club will be able to continue this level of support well into the future.
“We have committed to use the Reed Fund to help other worthy organizations which have good ideas and special skills, but need funding, so that together we can do more,” commented Milford Lion Thomas Mehl. “As you can see from the listing of 2013 grants, they are being awarded to a broad spectrum of organizations, dealing with people from early child-hood thru senior citizens and with causes from charitable thru civic improvement.”
The following is a list of the 2013 grants: $2,000 to Banneker Elementary School Life Skills Classroom to support this program for special needs children; $4,500 to Calvary Café & Community Clothes Closet for support of homeless and needy youth; $4,500 to Carlisle Fire Company Ambulance Service to help purchase specialized computers for use in ambulances; $2,500 to Carlisle Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary for upgrading the 20+ year old fire-hall kitchen equipment; $3,400 to Circle of Light for aid to homeless children; $2,000 to the Gee… You Will Project to provide formal-wear and self-esteem mentoring for needy girls and women; $3,000 to KSI for the renovation of their Milford facility’s Health & Wellness Center; $3,000 to Lincoln Community Hall to help fund a major renovation; $6,500 to Milford Community Pantry to meet increased demand for food and hygiene items by needy families; $3,000 to Milford High School Motivational Mentoring Program to ensure its continuation; $2,500 to Milford High School Santa’s Workshop to provide a memorable holiday experience conducted by high school students for elementary school students; $3,000 to Milford Middle School Corner Store to provide clothing for needy students; $4,500 to Milford Museum for an interactive kiosk to display historic photographs; $3,500 to Milford Senior Center for a new ice machine; $3,500 to Mispillion Art League for children’s art scholarships; $2,500 to Morris Early Childhood Center Clothes Closet to provide clothing for needy children; $3,000 to People’s Place for counseling services for needy adults; $3,000 to the Second Street Players for theatre repairs; and $2,500 to St. John’s Church Food Pantry to maintain its food program for the needy.
The Milford Lions Club is pleased and proud to be able to provide support for the above worthy organizations. A primary goal of the Milford Lions Club is to improve the quality of life in this community, and the Club is hopeful that the above listed grants will provide a meaningful step toward achieving that goal in 2013. The Milford Lions Club’s web site,milfordlions22d.com, contains information about the Reed Fund Award Program and an application form which can be downloaded and printed. Near the end of 2013 the Milford Lions will announce that they are accepting 2014 applications during January. Applications can be submitted anytime, but will be held by the Lions until the official submission period. The evaluation is set to be completed and final selections made in time for presenting checks in May 2014.