On May 22 at its 8th annual Eunice Reed Fund Awards Dinner Meeting, the Milford Lions Club presented a total of $66,500 to 19 Milford area charitable and civic organizations. The recipients were selected from a total of 34 applications received during January, 2014 and evaluated by the Club.
“All 34 requests expressed sincere need and the total funding requested far exceeded the Club’s allocation for 2014. The final selection of recipients and amounts was made with great difficulty,” stated Lion Tom Mehl. “It was absolutely clear that the financial needs of Milford’s many non-profit organizations are very significant and reflect the still-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 expand 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 this level of support well into the future.
The 2014 Reed Fund grant money was divided among the following list of recipients: Banneker Elementary School Life Skills Classroom to support a program for special needs children; Boy Scout Troop 186 for camping and food preparation equipment, class-B uniforms, and camperships to support significant new growth; Carlisle Fire Company for 8 tablet computers to be used in Fire Company vehicles; Carlisle Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary for upgrading the 20 plu year old fire-hall kitchen equipment; Church of the Nazarine for their food mission for homeless and needy individuals; Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition for two Multicultural Breast Health Forums to be held in the Milford area; Ellendale Volunteer Fire Company for two specialized computers to be used in ambulances; Family Outreach Multipurpose Community Center for an after-school program for disadvantaged youth; Harrington Sunshine 4-H Club for providing care-packages and projects for patients at Milford area health-care facilities; Home of the Brave Foundation for providing a transitional housing facility for female veterans and their children; Milford Community Pantry for food and hygiene items to be distributed to needy families; Milford Housing Development Corporation to purchase and rehabilitate an old building to provide homeless housing; Milford Pop Warner to replace equipment and medical kits, to build a storage shed, and for registration fees for needy youth.; Milford Senior Center to replace damaged and worn-out tables; Mispillion Art League for in-house and offsite art classes and a need-based art scholarship program; People’s Place to provide transportation for area veterans and their families to health-care facilities; Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing to help support a program of therapy for disabled veterans; Second Street Players to fix a severe moisture and water problem in the theatre’s crawl space and 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 these worthy organizations. They address a broad cross section of the community’s civic and public welfare needs,” stated Mehl. “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 grants will provide a meaningful step toward achieving that goal in 2014.”