By Tom Mehl
On May 24, 2018, at its 12th annual Eunice Reed Fund Awards Dinner Meeting, the Milford Lions Club presented a total of $69,500 to 21 Milford area charitable and civic organizations. The grant recipients were selected from a total of 25 applications received this year. All 25 requests described worthwhile projects and expressed sincere need, so the final selection was difficult as it usually is. It continues to be very clear that Milford’s many non-profit organizations are doing excellent work, and have significant financial needs.
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 2018 Reed Fund grant money was divided among the following organizations and projects:
(1) Abbott’s Mill Nature Center to help pay for necessary renovation of the Visitors Center’s wet-lab. (2) Banneker Elementary School to help support its Life Skills Program for special needs children. (3) City of Milford Police Department to purchase a stand-alone solar powered radar sign for use in a high traffic area of town. (4) Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition to continue the free Multicultural Breast Health and Wellness Program in the Milford area. (5) Downtown Milford, Inc. to help fund its Sail Banner Project which will enhance the business district, parks, and Riverwalk. (6) Friends of the Milford Museum to support several programs aimed at improving outreach and visitation. (7) Harrington Sunshine 4-H Club for providing care-packages and projects for patients at Milford health-care and elderly-care facilities. (8) Kids First Academy to help purchase playground equipment at its new facility. (9) Kody’s Kids to help support its program of assistance to Milford Area Title 1 Preschools and Headstart facilities. (10) Milford Central Academy to help stock its Clothing Closet with dress-code compliant items for needy children. (11) Milford Church of the Nazarine to help stock its Food Pantry which provides daily emergency food, weekly food boxes, and a weekly soup-and-sandwich supper for the needy. (12) Milford Little League to help pay for ballfield repairs and equipment replacement. (13) Milford Pop Warner Football Program for concession trailer repairs and new cheerleading mats. (14) Milford School District to help fund its Positive Behavior Support Program in all 6 schools. (15) Milford Senior Center to continue funding its free breakfast and lunch program for needy seniors. (16) Milford 2nd Street Players to help fund interior renovations addressing structural and building-code issues. (17) Mispillion Art League for in-house and offsite art classes and a need-based art scholarship program. (18) Mispillion Elementary School to help purchase specialized learning-aids and materials for its Special Needs Program. (19) Music School of Delaware to help with the cost of renovating its new facility in downtown Milford. (20) St Vincent de Paul Society to help fund its program of emergency assistance to the poor. (21) University of Delaware Cooperative Extension to provide its Dining with Diabetes Course free of charge to needy Milford area residents.
The Milford Lions Club is extremely pleased and proud to be able to help support 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 2018.
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