The Orange Lions Club announced that it will provide a limited number of mini-grants to eligible community organizations and/or individuals in 2018. The program is intended to provide funds to worthy causes and activities in the town of Orange that might not otherwise be funded, announced Orange Lions Club President Fred Turner.
“While our Lions Club continues to provide funds to Lions blindness prevention programs, aid for the blind, diabetes education and eye research, which are long-time Lions Club priorities, we feel strongly that it is important to allocate funds to local projects as well,” Turner said. He emphasized that this funding is in addition to a $1,000 college scholarship which the Orange Lions Club has awarded to a new Amity High School graduate from Orange for many years.
Turner has appointed Lion Michael Muttitt to chair the community mini-grants program this year. Muttitt stated that blank applications for the Community Mini-grants program are now available at the High Plains Community Center in the Community Services Department, at the People’s United Bank branch on Orange Center Road, at the Case Memorial Library, and from any Orange Lion.
“In addition to our ongoing commitment to fund anti-blindness programs and provide aid to those with sight problems, the Orange Lions feel that it is crucial to continue to use some of our fund-raising resources for local community-based projects and activities,” Muttitt said. “We have an outstanding review committee which will enable us to make fair and appropriate decisions regarding all allocations.”
Completed applications are due to be submitted to the Orange Lions Club no later than January 31, 2018. All Orange non-profit clubs and related non-profit organizations, individual Orange residents, and Orange government entities are eligible to apply. The recipients of Orange Lions mini-grants will be announced in late February after the selection committee completes its review of all timely applications.
In addition, the Orange Lions continue to provide such community activities as the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner, Easter Egg Hunt, and Seniors’ Pizza Party. The Orange Lions also collect used eyeglasses for restoration and distribution to needy people all over the world. Drop boxes for used eyeglasses are located in the Case Memorial Library and the High Plains Community Center lobby, and at the Helping Hands Thrift Store on the Boston Post Road. The Orange Lions also conduct eye screenings preschoolers and kindergarten children in Orange, identifying potential sight issues at an early age, using state-of-the-art equipment. The Orange Lions also co-sponsor, in conjunction with the Milford Lions Club, a Leos youth group at the Foundation High School, located in Milford, for special needs youths.