Danville Rotary Donates to Discovery Center

Discovery Counseling Center Board President Gary Riele accepts donation from Rotary Club of Danville President Steve Simpkins, center, and Danville Rotary Foundation Chairperson, Dave Chadbourne, far right.
Discovery Counseling Center Board President Gary Riele accepts donation from Rotary Club of Danville President Steve Simpkins, center, and Danville Rotary Foundation Chairperson, Dave Chadbourne, far right.

Funds Will Help Expand Service to Community  

The Danville Rotary Club has extended a helping hand to the Discovery Counseling Center by contributing $5,000.

The donation is a portion of the funds raised at the annual Crab Feed held earlier this year and is one example of the pledge Rotary Club of Danville makes annually to support local   organizations that contribute to the well-being of the community.

“The Discovery Counseling Center, which was founded by Rotarians, has provided high quality, affordable mental health counseling services to our community for almost 50 years ago.” said Steve Simpkins, president of Rotary Club of Danville.  “Over the past four years, the number of clients the Center serves has increased by more than 50 percent and this donation will help expand services.”

The donation will be used to help convert underutilized office space at the Center into additional family therapy/play therapy rooms where therapists can work with entire families in safe and comfortable environments.  “With this expansion, Discovery will have the capacity to ensure that families will continue to have access to critically important mental health services,” said Kathy Chiverton, Executive Director of the Center.

Discovery counselors help children deal with difficult issues, including the death or serious illness of a parent, divorce, parental drug or alcohol abuse, sexual or physical abuse, difficulty relating to other children, depression and anxiety. Research indicates that the earlier these children receive help, the better the chances of building resiliency and achieving positive outcomes.

“Rotary’s motto is “Service Above Self,” and our support of the Discovery Counseling Center is a shining example of our mission and goal,” said Simpkins.
Discovery Counseling Center

Discovery Counseling Center is a community based, non-profit organization serving our community for almost 50 years. Dedicated to enhancing the well-being and quality of life for individuals and families in the greater San Ramon Valley, the Center is committed to providing affordable and high quality mental health services and improving bonding and healthy communication among families. (www.discoveryctr.net)

Rotary Club of Danville

Danville Rotary is an organization of local business, professional and community leaders committed to the ideal of service above self.  It is united worldwide to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world. The Rotary Club of Danville is the oldest Rotary Club in the San Ramon Valley.  Members believe in sweat equity service projects as well as providing financial support for local and international service projects. All meetings are open to guests. For more information see www.danvillerotary.org/

Past Rotary projects include donating backpacks and dictionaries to local school children, a $35,000 donation to the remodel of the Veterans Hall and ongoing support of the Discovery Counseling Center, a community-based non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the well-being and quality of life for individuals and families in the Greater San Ramon Valley. Rotary Club of Danville’s recent Crab Feed netted $38,000 which will be used for community philanthropic projects such as the scholarship awards.