Adult Vocational Scholarship
The Rotary Club of Woodstock is pleased to announce a new vocational scholarship geared to adult learners who are preparing for a career that requires less than a four year degree – this could be an Associate’s Degree or a certificate.
To be eligible, the recipient must live within the boundaries of Woodstock School District 200, be 25 years of age or older and be enrolled in a vocational degree or certificate program at an accredited institution.
Blessings In A Backpack
Blessings in a Backpack mobilizes communities, individuals and resources to provide food on the weekends for students and their families at Woodstock High School. Hunger can cause many physical health problems. It can also shorten a child’s attention span, lower IQ and keep them from making good grades. The idea is to provide a backpack and shelf stable food for a family of 4 to last the weekend. Out club has committed to help the program by supplementing NIFB food with fresh fruit, dairy, and vegetables.
Statistics from BIB site:
- 78% feel cared for by their community
- 71% feel they are helping their family
- 60% exhibit improved behavior
- 59% find it easier to learn at school
Partnering with the City of Woodstock, the Club maintains Rotary Triangle Park, with its “Welcome to Woodstock” sign. Three times a year, the Rotary Club of Woodstock provides the upkeep by trimming bushes, weeding and putting down fresh mulch. The park is just past IL. Rt. 47 (Eastwood Dr.) on IL Rt. 120 West (McHenry Ave.) as it enters downtown.
In the fall, the Club participates in the nationwide effort Operation Warmth. Through a partnership with Woodstock School District 200, the Club purchases and donates coats that are housed at the elementary schools to be given out to the children as the staff see the need.
Club member, Tom Nierman of Nierman Landscape Design, plants our Rotary Community Garden. The produce is then donated to the Woodstock Food Pantry. The Community Garden is maintained by the McHenry County Master Gardeners / University of Illinois Extension Program.