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The Allentown Rotary Club announced the award of $25,000 in its second round of COVID-19 Emergency Aid Grants. Recipients included Allentown Salvation Army to provide meals to the community, $5,000; Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley for the Sixth Street Shelter, $5,000; Community Bike Works to provide meals to school age children,

$2,500; Lily’s Hope Foundation for Packages of Hope to parents of premature babies, $1,000; Allentown Symphony Association for El Sistema music instruction for students, $2,000; Cedar Crest College for its Closing the Gap Fund, $1,000; DaVinci Science Center for its STEAM educational kits for students, $1,000; Fund to Benefit Children and Youth for its mission to assist children, $2,500; Allentown YWCA for its Perfect Fit for Working Women program,

$2,000; Turning Point for its mission of providing shelter to victims of abuse, $3,000.

The Allentown Rotary Club and the Allentown Rotary Club Foundation jointly established a $50,000 fund to benefit those nonprofits that are providing housing, food, medical/emergency care, and educational services to members of the Allentown community during the pandemic crisis. Recipients of the first round of grants included Meals on Wheels,

$5,000; Allentown Rescue Mission, $5,000; Ripple Community Center, $5,000; and Casa Guadalupe, $5,000. A donation of $2,500 was also made to Phoebe Home in memory of the Reverend Dr. Grant Harrity and in honor of Richard M. Snyder, both of whom were long time members of the Allentown Rotary Club.


Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves. Its mission is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. The Allentown Rotary Club was founded in 1914 and has served the Allentown community for more than 100 years. During the current pandemic, the Allentown Rotary Club remains active, and its members continue to meet by means of videoconferencing.

Information provided to TVL by:
Rosaria Stoops
Allentown Rotary Press Liaison