Background Information:  The Richfield Rotary Foundation is the charitable arm of the Richfield Rotary Club.  Foundation assets include funds raised at our annual Wine and Chocolate Tasting and Silent Auction.  Listed below are grants approved for funding in 2010.  Action was taken by the Richfield Rotary Club on March 18, 2009, following recommendation at the March 16 Foundation Board of Directors meeting.

Requesting Organization / Representative


Proposal Purpose / Key Activities


Grant Amount

Community Involvement Program


David Wheeler

Director of Development


Since 1971 CIP has been standing with and supporting people with disabilities in their communities as they pursue their personal dreams and goals.  CIP’s employment programs support over 50 people including those in the Richfield area. CIP’s goal is to provide real jobs with real wages one person at a time. Grant award will help support ongoing CIP programs.


Modulo de Informacion, Recursos y Apoyo (MIRA)


David Albornoz (Development Officer)

Shirley Bartlett (Program Director)

MIRA is a Latino resource center in Richfield, supported primarily through grants and in-kind contributions.  Thegrant will be used to help provide no-cost adult / family ESL education, Spanish language computer education, and pre-school/day care to promote the educational, economic and social development of Richfield’s diverse population.   MIRA is the only Hispanic led organization in Richfield that focuses its offerings entirely on low-income children and families.





Erika Koffel, Director of Development

Opportunity Partners, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, works to empower people with disabilities to live, learn and work as independently as possible.  OP will use the grant funds to support Youth Transition Services for young people with disabilities, including students in the Richfield Public Schools.



Richfield Ambassador Program


Jodi Flanery-Olson


The Richfield Ambassador program seeks youth in our community to participate in a 12 week candidate process where they learn volunteerism, resume writing and public speaking. Participating individuals are involved  in community events where they promote and represent Richfield. Funding will sponsor one Richfield Ambassador representative.


Richfield 4th of July Celebration


Melissa Barnes

For more than 30 years, the residents of Richfield have celebrated our nation’s independence through the Richfield Hometown Fourth of July Celebration. This five day community event is made possible solely through dedicated volunteers and generous sponsors.


Richfield Police and Fire Departments


Jill Mecklenburg, Certified Crime Prevention Specialist

Each year in June, the Richfield Police and Fire Departments sponsor a “Safety Day” for 65 children entering fourth grade, including information about fire, bike, electrical, personal, dog, and Internet safety.  The Rotary Foundation grant will help purchase event T-shirts, awards, supplies, and food.   Rotary will be recognized on the T-Shirt and in event promotional materials. (Note:  Four Rotary volunteers are also needed to assist with event registration and the pizza dinner.)



Richfield Public Schools


Bob Slotterback

Superintendent of Schools

Richfield Public Schools will distribute grants to fund the Instrument Loan Program, the African American Parents Support Group, ski equipment for the cross country ski team, athletic scholarships, Alternative Learning Program summer school curriculum, Equity Committee multicultural books, and a wellness expo.



Richfield Rotary Club / STRIVE Program



Mike Andrews, STRIVE Co-Chair

One of the Richfield Rotary Club’s projects is STRIVE, a mentoring program for selected high school juniors and seniors.  The grant will be used to pay for expenses associated with operating the STRIVE Program, including curriculum materials, pizza lunches, transportation for college visit, incentives, and the awards breakfast.  STRIVE Program scholarships are funded out of the Ruth E. Johnson Scholarship Fund, administered by Richfield Public Schools.

Strive program had enough funds to support its programming this year

Richfield United Methodist Church


Lynne Alexander, RUMC member

Rich Harvest is a free grocery program of Richfield United Methodist Church.  On the 4th Saturday of each month, surplus food is distributed to needy individuals and families from Richfield and South Minneapolis, including many Hispanics and elderly.  The program has also been used to distribute books, hats, mittens, and school supplies  and birthday bags to children


Store to Door


Susan Herridge

Development Director

Store to Door is a nonprofit organization created 25 years ago to help homebound seniors and people with disabilities live as independently as possible in their own homes by providing grocery shopping and delivery and prescription pick-up services. Funding will assist with ongoing program support.


Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People (VEAP)


Kelly Larson, VEAP Development Associate

A Richfield Rotary Foundation grant will support VEAP’s integrated basic needs program, including food, rent, utilities, medical care and transportation. The need for VEAP services in Richfield has grown from 2007 to 2008, as illustrated by a 17% increase in total residents served, a 20% increase in children served, a 40% increase in Summer Youth Food Program participation, a 34% increase in Back-to-School Program participation, and a 30% growth in monthly and seasonal food program participation.


YMCA / Southdale


Sara Reed Johnson,

Youth Services Director

Funds received from the Richfield Rotary will be used to help struggling children, families, adults and seniors who need scholarship assistance to participate in YMCA transformation experiences.  All recipients will be Richfield residents.

Critical needs addressed through Y programs include safe and affordable childcare, water safety, health disparities, and healthy lifestyles for youth.




Total Amount Approved for funding: $17,500 in grants, plus an additional $1000 to be used at the discretion of 2010 – 2011 Club President Sally Parks