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Local Clubs and Organizations
Many local chapters of clubs and organizations have a service, civic, or skills-based focus and will provide funding for local projects. Networking with members of these establishments can uncover what they have to offer as they don’t typically advertise or promote these opportunities. Some local clubs can apply for grants at the national level for projects to support the community.
- Association of Junior Leagues International
The Junior League is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. The site has a league locator.
- Civitan International
Civitan has a focus on helping people with developmental disabilities, and funding research into illnesses of the human brain at the Civitan International Research Center, but local clubs do much more.
State Associations sponsor programs to build stronger communities. Through the Elks National Foundation’s Community Investments Program, Lodges can apply for grants to serve their communities, meeting local needs. The site has a lodge locator to find the Elks lodge closest to you.
- Kiwanis International
The Kiwanis Children’s Fund helps children through service projects promoting: healthy children, educated children, leadership development, and priority children’s issues. The site will help you locate a club in your community.
- Lions Club International
Lions Club International focuses on the following service areas - diabetes, environment, hunger relief, pediatric cancer, and vision. The site will help you locate a club in your community.
The Club supports the following causes: promoting peace; fighting disease; providing clean water; saving mothers and children; supporting education; and growing local economies.
The Rotary Foundation offers grants to members of the Rotary Club. Grants are also available to districts to fund small-scale, short-term activities that address needs in the community.
- Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
The organization is dedicated to establishing programs designed for young people and educators- offering everything from college scholarships to classroom resources for teachers.
They also volunteer in opportunities benefiting education, the environment, health sciences and civic projects. The site will also help you locate a post in your community.