GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - One local club is giving back to several organizations in the community.
The Grand Junction Lions Club distributed $137,000 in grants to 17 local non-profits.
This year there were 50 organizations that applied, with just over $2.5 million dollars in requests.
Club members say they selected recipients based on who placed focus on education and technology for students.
The funds they distribute are raised through the sale of raffle tickets and their annual carnival held in February.
Grand Junction Lions Club Recipient Greg Weckenbrock said, "That will benefit this year's groups of kids, as well as next year, and the year after, and the year after. And the idea is that we continue to grow the Outdoor Wilderness Lab, so that one day it's services all of the 6th graders in Mesa County."
President of the Grand Junction Lions Club Jim Nickerson added, "The Fire Department in Glades Park, their water truck sits outside cause they don't have room inside, so if there's a fire in the winter, they got to pull it in to fill it up. it's unfortunate and that's how they have to set it up. By giving them the money to add on to their building, they can get the fire truck in there with water. It reduces their time to getting to a fire by 25 to 30 minutes."
Raffle tickets for this year's fundraising efforts will go on sale Tuesday and the carnival will be held on February 17th.