The Rancho San Diego/Spring Valley Rotary Club has gone out with a bang. The service organization, which disbanded this summer after 49 years because of declining membership, has donated more than $35,000 in its bank account to an array of nonprofits and educational groups, including more than $7,000 to Cuyamaca College.
“We’ve always been here to support the community, and we felt that this was the best use of the money we had,” said Rusty Burkett, who served as the Rancho San Diego/Spring Valley Rotary Club’s last president. “We’re honored to have been able to help.”
Cuyamaca College was the biggest winner.
Cuyamaca College’s Unlimited Potential! (also known as UP!), which supports former foster youth and others who have face great financial uncertainty, received $1,670. The Cuyamaca College Give the Dream program, which provides students small emergency grants to help them deal with unforeseen hardships, received $2,670. The Cuyamaca College President’s Fund, used to support college events and programs, received $2,670.
Donations were made through the Foundation for Grossmont & Cuyamaca Colleges.
“We are thankful for the generous gift from the Rancho San Diego/Spring Valley Rotary Club, a gift that will help increase access for many more students at Cuyamaca College,” said Cuyamaca College President Mark Zacovic.