New Century Club provides $90K in grants to local nonprofits

Grant recipients and New Century Club members pose for a photo during a reception on Friday evening.

Ten local nonprofits received a helping hand this month, thanks to the Newark New Century Club’s grant program.

The women’s club doled out $90,000 to various community service, arts and historical groups during a reception Friday night.

The club started the grant program after selling its 97-year-old headquarters on Delaware Avenue, which was demolished in 2014 to make way for apartments. The club invested the proceeds from the sale and decided to share the money with community organizations each year.

The grant program, now in its fifth year, is the latest chapter in the club’s long history of philanthropy. Founded in 1893, its early projects included helping support a community library and the women’s college at the University of Delaware. Members also donated to various women’s and children’s charities and supported World War II troops by rolling bandages.

• C.E.R.T.S. – for its art therapy program to enrich the lives of adults with severe disabilities

• Family Promise – to assist homeless families in obtaining housing and to provide temporary shelter

• Friendship House and Newark Empowerment Center – to provide emergency financial assistance for housing and utility payments, job readiness programs and medical co-pays

• Habitat for Humanity – to help with the renovation of two homes and construction of four new townhomes

• Independent Living for Young Adults – to assist two former foster care young adults with their education at the University of Delaware and Delaware State University

• Mid-Atlantic Ballet – to provide funds for outreach efforts, including scholarships, visits to schools and discounted tickets for elementary school students

• Newark Area Welfare Committee – for the emergency assistance program and to help clear lunch debt for students in local schools

• Newark Historical Society – for the purchase of ultraviolet filtering film for the windows of the museum to protect artifacts from the sun damage

• Newark Symphony Orchestra – to provide funds for soloists, copyrighted music and the youth concerto competition

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