By Lion Tom Reiss
On May 9th, during the 2019 Eunice Reed Fund Awards Dinner Meeting, the Milford Lions Club presented a total of $64,700 to 18 Milford area charitable and civic organizations. With a record 34 applications, requesting over $220,000 for very worthwhile projects, final selection was difficult with the limited money available. 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, to continue its tradition of civic and public-welfare work. The Club developed a plan to maximize the use of the Reed Fund money to expand its range of activities and projects by partnering with other Milford area non-profit organizations. By applying to the Reed Fund for assistance, these 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. This year’s grant winners are a diverse group addressing such issues as: homeless families, feeding the hungry, health education, senior citizens, veterans, special needs adults & students, cultural and recreation projects, public safety and Milford School District activities.
Non-profit & civic organizations receiving Reed Fund grants this year include: Banneker Elementary School; Peoples Place II; Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition; Milford Church of the Nazarene; Delaware Clergy United in Action; St. Vincent de Paul Society; Mispillion Art League; Friends of Sussex Casa; Harrington 4-H; Kent-Sussex Industries; Milford 2nd Street Players; Milford Central Academy; Milford Little League; Milford Police Department; Kody’s Kids; Milford Public Library; Milford Pop Warner; Milford School District & the Milford Senior Center.
The Reed Fund Grant Program is an annual event sponsored by the Milford Lions Club. For the 2020 cycle, applications will be accepted during the month of January 2020. Information is available on the Lions Club website; www.milfordlions22d.com.
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