HUDSON -- The Hudson League for Service (HLFS) awarded more than $6,000 in community grants at its annual awards reception, held at Case-Barlow Farm in Hudson in May. In addition, HLFS presented Hudson High School senior Isabelle Mawby with a $1,000 scholarship.
"The Hudson League for Service is proud to provide funding to these organizations that serve Hudson and give back to our residents," said Tina Schmutz, HLFS vice president. "The Hudson League for Service is committed to fostering a spirit of service to others in Hudson. These deserving organizations show how small acts can return big benefits to our community."
The following community organizations received grants totaling $6,012.88:
■ Alzheimer's Association Greater East Ohio Area Chapter: $200
■ East Woods School: $250
■ Hudson Special Olympics: $400
■ Hudson Community Service Association's Food Pantry: $500
■ Hudson Screen on the Green: $500
■ EMS Outreach of Hudson: $400
■ Hudson Job Search: $350
■ Case-Barlow Farm: $512.88
■ Hudson Library and Historical Society: $500
■ Hudson Schools Media Centers: $2,400
The HLFS also presented a $1,000 scholarship to Mawby. She volunteered with Haven of Rest Homeless Shelter, Ellsworth Hill Elementary as a teacher's aide, University Hospitals of Cleveland, HUDDLE and Key Club.
In her winning essay, Mawby stated, "Volunteering is not a civic duty, rather, it is a civic deed of kindness and a shouted whisper of gratitude."
"We're honored to present Isabelle Mawby with this scholarship to assist in her education," Schmutz said. "She has shown a commitment to both community service and academics, and is a shining example of how Hudson's youth will help shape a better tomorrow."
Founded in 1947, the Hudson League of Service undertakes volunteer work and service projects that benefit the Hudson community. Its members participate in activities including blood drives, coat drives, food pantry, Caroling on the Green and much more. Known for the Ice Cream Social in June as part of Hudson Days, the Hudson League for Service raises money through this annual event and the Scholastic book fairs at Hudson's elementary and middle schools to provide grants and scholarships to the community.