On May 25, 2017, at its 11th annual Eunice Reed Fund Awards Dinner Meeting, the Milford Lions Club presented a total of $64,600 to 18 Milford area charitable and civic organizations. The grant recipients were selected from a total of 24 applications received this year. All 24 requests described worthwhile projects and expressed sincere need, so the final selection was difficult as it usually is. Once again, it became very clear that the financial needs of Milford’s many non-profit organizations are quite significant.
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 its tradition of 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 2017 Reed Fund grant money was divided among the following organizations: (1) Camp Abilities Delaware to help fund a week-long day-camp for blind and visually impaired youth at Killen’s Pond. (2) Carlisle Fire Company to purchase two new thermal imaging cameras. (3) Carlisle Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary to replace the 20+ year old fire-hall kitchen sinks. (4) City of Milford Police Department to purchase three automated external defibrillators for use in patrol vehicles. (5) Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition to continue the Multicultural Breast Health and Wellness Program in the Milford area. (6) Delmarva Clergy United in Social Action Foundation to purchase computers and a projector for their computer lab. (7) Frederica Senior Center to continue their program of providing free meals and services to needy seniors. (8) Harrington Sunshine 4-H Club for providing care-packages and projects for patients at Milford health-care and elderly-care facilities. (9) Hearts Unlimited / Milford Community Center to maintain its extensive program of youth and family services. (10) Milford Central academy to help fund an exploratory program which introduces students to topics beyond traditional academics. (11) Milford Parks and Recreation to help fund youth recreation for families which cannot afford it. (12) Milford Senior Center to help fund a free, nutritious lunch program for needy seniors. (13) Milford High School Santa’s Workshop to help support a popular holiday event for elementary students, hosted by MHS students. (14) Milford / Slaughter Neck Youth Council #2715 to help fund a summer program for at-risk youth. (15) Milford 2nd Street Players to help provide an updated house-lighting system with LED fixtures. (16) Mispillion Art League for in-house and offsite art classes and a need-based art scholarship program. (17) People’s Place II to provide transportation for area veterans and their families to health-care facilities. (18) St. John’s Church Food Pantry to provide monthly food bags, holiday food baskets, and emergency food to needy families.
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. 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 above listed grants will provide a meaningful step toward achieving that goal in 2017.