Dasie Bridgewater Hope Center Receives $1,000 Grant from Exchange Club of Indian River Foundation


Exchange Club of Indian River Foundation awarded a $1,000 grant to the Dasie Bridgewater Hope Center which will be used to purchase healthful food and snacks for the more than seventy children who attends its Tutorial Program. It is the only after-school program for at-risk youth in the Wabasso area. The program offers homework assistance, tutoring, mentoring, instruction in computer skills and creative arts, and supervised outdoor sports in a clubhouse environment. The youth also learn banking, table manners, personal hygiene, and basic life survival, job interview, and resume writing skills; SAT/ACT and college preparation classes are also provided. Verna Wright, Executive Director, accepted the check on behalf of the organization.Check #1

Each year the Foundation awards grants for special local projects that further its mission of prevention of child abuse. Winners of the grants are determined by the relevance of the projects’ goals to this mission and related factors. Jenny Frederick chairs the Grants Committee.

Exchange Club of Indian River has provided the community with programs in youth activities, service, and Americanism since 1973. It is affiliated with America’s service club, the National Exchange Club. Members meet for lunch at Culinary Capers each Wednesday at noon. Meetings feature programs on a wide range of business, government and civic, charity,

personal, and professional topics. The club’s foundation’s fishing tournament, the Blue Water Open Dolphin Mania Charity Fishing Tournament held each May, supports these projects.  The club was also a partner in the 2014 Vero Beach Air Show.

Persons interested in additional information about Exchange Club of Indian River membership, working for prevention of child abuse, or donating to the Foundation may seek further information from club president David Walker at 305-785-2855 or emailing info@exchangeclubofindianriver.org.

Details are also available at http://exchangeclubofindianriver.org and http://www.bluewateropen.org.