Camden Rotary Club has selected eight nonprofit organizations to receive grants totaling $25,000 as part of its annual giving to local causes. This year’s grants will support efforts to help people in need, improve the environment and address health-related issues.

A $10,000 grant will allow the Ripple Initiative in Rockland expand its assistance to people struggling with poverty. The organization, which offers essential household goods free of charge to families in need, will use the funds to provide twin, full or queen-size mattresses and box springs, sheet sets and protective bed bags to 100 local families.

Megunticook Watershed Association will receive $5,000 for its Student Watershed Stewards Project, which educates and trains students on the problems impacting local water resources and methods to combat these threats. The money will go toward hiring area students to be trained to conduct the following: Courtesy Boat Inspections to prevent the spread of invasive aquatic plants like milfoil; Invasive Aquatic Plant Surveys- searching for invasive plants in Megunticook Lake and Norton Pond; and, Water Quality Monitoring- testing bacteria levels in area waters and measuring water clarity and dissolved oxygen levels.

A special youth-oriented grant of $5,000 will go to the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership to support the center’s Penobscot Bay Leadership Collaborative program. The grant will enable local students to attend a 14-day summer course that engages them in boatbuilding in Rockland, sailing on Penobscot Bay and scientific study on Hurricane Island.

Five additional organizations will each receive a $1,000 grant from the club: Knox County Health Clinic, Camden Area District Nursing Association, Knox County Homeless Coalition, P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center and New Hope for Women.

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