Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Jun 09, 2018
Today was a special day for Capitola Aptos Rotary. We awarded grants totaling $18,000 to selected community groups and agencies. Awardees are pictured below. Each agency made a short presentation about the work they do in the community. They are as follows:
Cabrillo College Engineering Abroad Program   10 delegates will go abroad
to install water systems in Guatemala.This year will be a special challenge
because they are only ten miles from the volcano!
Dientes Community Dental Care serves over 10,000 patients a year
with dental care for low income and uninsured patients.
Their annual event funds free care for seniors and kids especially.
Digital Nest . is a workforce development center in Watsonville
and Salinas preparing 18-24 preparing them for r full time jobs.
40 youth have already achieved paying jobs or internships. 
For Kids Foundation Monterey Bay – they offer $ for critical needs
of youth from birth to 20 years old.
They operate across three counties. 
Grey Bears -promotes activity and social connections for hundreds
of people in Santa Cruz County .They glean food, about 500,000 lbs a year,
that they deliver to seniors. They also do computer refurbishing.
Helping Hands  provides home repair, balance training classes
and other services for older adults and people with health care needs.
Homeless Services Center provide many housing programs for the homeless, including people
who have psychiatric, physical and substance use problems. Last year alone they housed 250 individuals.
O'Neill Sea Odyssey turns Monterey bay into a big science lab .
Their staff provide tours to the public to learn about sea life in the Monterey bay area.
Safe Schools Project serves lgbt youth.They have partnered with the community foundation
and Rotary to develop curriculum to make school safe.  They do “summits” to establish safe school objectives.
Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County serves 55,000 people every month with food and and nutrition education i
Seymour Marine Discovery Center . Their mission is to educate people about understanding the world’s ocean.
Their aquarium on the west side is open on weekends and every day during the summer. 
They have school programs and ocean explorers summer camp which starts next week.
Shared Adventures – offers outdoor recreation programs for people with special needs.
They year around program includes things such as camping and art and garden classes. 
Siena House Maternity Home of Santa Cruz County provides service to pregnant women who are homeless.
They get a safe environment and counseling while they wait for the baby’s birth and up to a year after.
Symphony League of Santa Cruz County  supports the symphony through their fundraising efforts.
This year they will present $100,000 to the symphony. They do a home tour and gala each year.
Walnut Avenue Family and Women's Center –They place families in emergency housing situations when domestic violence is occurring.