Mission Trail Rotary Mini-Grants support local nonprofits

Submitted by lcarter on February 10, 2016 - 4:25pm

Mission Trail Rotary Club (MTR) is pleased to announce its recent grant awards totaling $17,300 to help support local nonprofits.

“Rotary Clubs encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise,” says current MTR Club President Richard Warren. “One of the ways our club demonstrates this ideal is through our M2M Mini Grants program which is funded by the annual Mission to Mission Charity Bike Tour

M2M Mini Grant program

Warren explains the program’s focus is “to support local nonprofits with small projects which might not be funded by larger donors because of size, audience, or program category, but are still important to the charity and its clients.”

For the past 18 years, Mission to Mission Charity Bike Tour, has organized a non-competitive, family friendly bike tour, always on the first Saturday in December. This year’s riders were treated to the newly completed Mission Reach trail which includes the four Spanish colonial missions—Concepción, San José, San Juan and Espada recently designated a World Heritage site. See this year’s photos by Matthew Busch.

Receiving grants in 2016 are the following nonprofits: Alamo Council of the Blind, Herbal Medics, House of Neighborly Service, Ready, Willing…Enable!, San Antonio Youth Literacy, Seton Home, Spare Parts StudioTexas Parent to Parent, Volunteer Services Council for the San Antonio State Supported Living Center.

"Thanks to Mission Trail Rotary Club for once again assisting with funding our annual summer teacher resource and fine arts fair,” said spare parts Founder and Director Mary Cantú. “Last year we distributed a variety of free art supplies for 100 teachers from 15 districts in and around San Antonio. This grant allows us to continue to take what others consider trash and see it turned into creative art projects in classrooms all over the city."

“Texas Parent to Parent (TxP2P) is committed to improving the lives of Texas children who have disabilities, chronic illness, and/or special health care needs,” explains Ezequiel Quijano, TxP2P representative. “The generous donation received from San Antonio Mission Trail Rotary Club will assist us in providing services to more families all over Texas.”

“Ready, Willing...Enable! is extremely thankful to be a recipient of funds from the Mission to Mission Bike Ride,” said Co-founder Edwin Blanton. “This donation makes summer camp possible for many children with disabilities that otherwise would not have this opportunity. We greatly appreciate Mission Trail Rotary and all of that they do to benefit not just our community, but also our larger world.”

Grants are awarded once yearly and are not automatically renewed. Grant applications are posted on the club’s website beginning in March and available through the end of May. The nonprofit grant recipients’ supported projects must be completed within a year. The grants are awarded in February following the December M2M Bike Tour.

“Service Above Self”

Mission Trail Rotary Club is a member of Rotary International and has been described by one member as “a great club with strong values and two of my favorites--inclusiveness and fun.” If you are interested joining, please email Richard Warren. The club meets at 7:45 a.m. on Tuesdays at Madhatter Tea, 320 Beauregard at South Alamo.