Generating happiness in the community

A neighborhood 4th of July parade led by a firetruck.

Member Jill Stewart used the Difference Maker Fund to support the Edgewood Subdivision Fourth of July neighborhood parade in Urbana, Illinois. Around 100 households joined together for food and games, to socialize, and to celebrate Independence Day.

“Royal Neighbors helped us boost the impact of our event,” said Jill. “I used the grant money to help buy food for the post-parade picnic and gifts for each child.” The food was individually packaged and included cookies, string cheese, a sandwich, a fruit drink, and water.

The Edge-Scott Volunteer Fire Protection District led the parade while the children followed with their decorated bikes, strollers, scooters, and wagons. After the parade, families enjoyed a picnic and children’s games like egg race, egg toss, water games, and bag toss.

“I encourage all Royal Neighbors Members to complete a Difference Maker project each year,” said Jill. “It is a wonderful feeling to be able to give back to friends and community members.”

As a Royal Neighbors Member, you can apply for a Difference Maker Fund grant once a year to help offset the costs of your volunteer project. The project and cause are up to you and can be different every year! If approved, you will receive $200 to make a positive impact in your community.

Boost your volunteer impact by applying today!