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Local nonprofits awarded Community Projects funds

A 5-0 San Diego County Board of Supervisors vote September 16 provided three Fallbrook organizations with District Five Community Projects funding.

The Fallbrook Rotary Club was allocated $10,000 for Lobster on the Green expenses, the Fallbrook Healthcare Foundation will receive $10,000 to cover landscaping costs, and Keep Fallbrook Clean and Green will be given $4,665 for its household battery recycling program.

The allocations also included $3,750 to the North San Diego County Association of Realtors to pay for disaster guide folders.

Each supervisor has a discretionary Community Projects budget which may be used for schools and non-profit organizations which provide services to county citizens and which can also be used to supplement other county funding for specific county projects, although allocation of the funds requires approval of the Board of Supervisors. Supervisor Bill Horn’s recommendations did not produce opposition from any of the other county supervisors.

The Fallbrook Rotary Club contributes both service time and money to local youth, educational, and charitable causes as well as to international programs. Each September the Fallbrook Rotary Club holds a Lobster on the Green fundraiser at the Grand Tradition.

The Community Projects grant will reimburse the Rotary chapter for outstanding food, venue, supplies, entertainment, and marketing costs for the September 2008 Lobster on the Green event.

The Fallbrook Healthcare Foundation operates in two locations, one of which is the Pittenger Building. Both locations require improvements to both the inside and the outside of the buildings, and the Community Projects money will be used to cover landscaping costs at the Pittenger Building.

The Fallbrook Healthcare Foundation’s mission is to provide affordable and reliable health care access for underserved residents in Greater Fallbrook.

The programs of Keep Fallbrook Clean and Green have focused on trash removal but also involve other beautification efforts. Their most recent project is a battery recycling program for residents who cannot feasibly recycle their dead batteries.

The Community Projects award will cover the cost of nine 55-gallon containers, including the shipping costs for the containers, and the cost to process and recycle the used batteries.

The North San Diego County Association of Realtors has decided that serving new clients and homeowners includes making residents as prepared as possible for natural disasters. The Community Projects funding will allow for the printing and distribution of 5,000 disaster preparedness guides.

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