The Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley awarded grants to two area non-profits whose work directly benefits the residents of and contributes to the betterment of the community. The Literacy Council of Cashiers and the Community Care Clinic of Cashiers and Highlands were both awarded grants that would go specifically to supporting key initiatives of each program.
The Literacy Council of Cashiers
The Literacy Council of Cashiers promotes and supports literacy and emergent literacy in the local population, from birth through adulthood. In addition to tutoring for school-aged children and adults, the Council also funds a number of programs that help put reading materials into the hands of students. The Rotary-funded grant of $2500 will go directly to the purchase of books for the Council’s Five On Five program, which aims to encourage reading and literacy throughout the summer by providing five books for each school-aged child from kindergarten through 5th grade. The books are chosen with the assistance of teachers and given to each child as theirs to keep and enjoy.
Community Care Clinic of Cashiers and Highlands
The $2000 grant to the Community Care Clinic of Cashiers and Highlands will also be used to address an obstacle that greatly affects the citizens of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. The Community Care Clinic is the only free health care clinic in the area, serving low-income patients with no or insufficient health care coverage. Part of their outreach is a comprehensive diabetes education program, aimed at helping raise awareness of and assist those living with or at risk of developing diabetes. Education is crucial in a state where incidents of diabetes are more than double the national average.