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DWIC Awards $1,500 in Community Grants

May 21, 2021 12:00AM ● By Dixon Women's Improvement Club Press Release

The Community Grant Recipients will receive their awards at the Year End Celebration on Wednesday, June 16th

DIXON, CA (MPG) - The Dixon Women’s Improvement Club recognizes the need within our community to strengthen existing programs and expand learning opportunities by providing monetary grants to classrooms, programs, and non-profit organizations that serve the Dixon community.

Over the past three years, the Dixon Women’s Improvement Club has given over $5,000 in community grants to local programs such as TEAM Dixon that wanted to host a unique cookie Drive Thru during the COVID-19 pandemic for its high school age teen mentors and their special buddies; and to Anderson Elementary ASPIRE After school program to establish a comfortable reading corner for students to relax with a book; and funds for Dixon Family Services to provide 100 meals for additional needy families in Dixon. We are pleased to support our community in this manner.

Teri Brown, Chair of the DWIC Community Grant Committee, announced the recipients of the 2021 DWIC Community Grant Awards at the May meeting. Although COVID-19 impacted each and every community-based event and activity over the past year, this year was no different than previous years with requests exceeding the funds available. Four organizations serving different audiences were selected to receive awards this year.

La Bici Rosita LFL is Dixon’s first mobile Little Free Library and is a pink three-wheeled bicycle piloted by RK Van Every that travels the streets of Dixon allowing children to select a book of their choice to read, and to keep or return. Many books are donated; however, to keep the book baskets full $500 was awarded to La Bici Rosita. Returned books are scanned with a UV wand before being returned to the basket, meeting COVID-19 requirements.

Pam Murdock, representing the Dixon Christmas Program, specifically the Senior Visit Program, requested $250 to purchase fleece fabric that can be made into blankets and given to the 100 or more needy seniors in the community on Christmas Eve. Members of the DWIC and Women of the Methodist Church will craft the blankets from the materials provided.

The Dixon Historical Society received $500 for the duplication and lamination of the Dixon California, Sanborn Fire Map Collection from 1884 through 1953 for permanent exhibit at the Dixon History Museum. The maps are valuable to historic research because they provide evidence of change over time. Property of the Library of Congress, the Dixon Sanborn maps will allow museum visitors to find out what buildings and properties comprised Dixon at various times through its history.

Dixon High School, Intensive Learning Center Teacher, Kevin Berg was awarded $250 to help his students, with more difficult needs, learn independent living skills by using public transportation to shop and purchase food, prepare meals and snacks with the items purchased, and navigate their community.

The Community Grant Recipients will receive their awards at the Year End Celebration that will be held at the Dixon Women’s Improvement Club Park on Wednesday, June 16th from 10:30 am – Noon. More information about the event will be available at a later date.