(Photo: (l-r) Helen Kaplonski, Director of Advancement for Child Guidance Resource Center; Tony Cavaliere, President of the Rotary Foundation of Media; Jim Wurster, President of New Avenue Foundation; Courtney Ballauer, President of the Rotary Club of Media and Perry Kotsiopoulos, Rotary Foundation of Media Director.)

The Rotary Foundation of Media recently awarded grants to two local organizations. The New Avenue Foundation Received $1000 for its Our Community Cup program which provides an inclusive space for people with disabilities and their families and caregivers. The group has been meeting on Friday evenings at Tree of Life Church in Springfield for nine years as they work to build a better community and learn to respect each other’s differences, and make the lives of people with disabilities fuller. They have about 40-50 people attend weekly. Go to www.ourcommunitycup.com to learn more about the coffee house and a listing of its programs.

The Child Guidance Resource Center (CGRC) received $500 to help provide behavioral health assessments and treatment programs for children and families throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania. On May 5, at 9:00 a.m. at Rose Tree Park they are having a Superhero 5K and Wellness Fair as part of a county wide substance abuse prevention program. The event will have prosocial activities and education for parents and children to help prevent early initiation of drugs, tobacco and alcohol. Helen Kaplonski, Director of Center Advancement told Rotarians that “At Child Guidance, we offer a wide breadth

of care with 28 programs to support each member of your family. Whatever your challenge, we can provide the care you need and empower you with the tools to thrive.” To learn more about the 5K event and Wellness Fair go to www.cgrc.org/events.

To learn more about Rotary and its community projects, go to www.mediarotary.org.