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Greensburg Salem Interactors, along
with every student in Pennsylvania, received shocking news in March that they would be out of school
due to the Coronavirus. Our GS students immediately jumped into action, determined to make a difference during these difficult times.
Over 15 Interactors offered their services to local families who needed babysitters due to school being out, prior to the closing of many business-
es. Students volunteered on three separate occasions for the Westmoreland County Food Bank, packing 250 emergency boxes, loading 1360 senior boxes, and delivering 25 senior boxes to the residents of Penn Towers in Greensburg. Students also decluttered their rooms to gather puzzles, crafts, games, and activities for individuals with disabilities who are now homebound to keep them safe from the virus.
As Greensburg Salem Interact Club members, they truly represent, embody, and embrace a life of "Service Above Self" !! link here
- Submitted by: Mark Barnhart
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Promoting Women and Children Empowerment by Mentoring and Counseling plus Technology for Virtual and Remote Support. link here
- Submitted by: Richard Jeric L. Chua
The Rotary Club of Springdale, Arkansas, with local corporate partner Quadrivium, Inc., has purchased 50 tablets. These will be distributed to local nursing homes for use by the residents to stay in contact with their family and friends, who are unable to visit at this time.
- Submitted by: Matt Fryar
Holland, Michigan Rotary is looking to start a community garden with food and proceeds to go to those who are food insecure link here
- Submitted by: Catherine Ristola Bass
I'm a photographer participating in #TheFrontStepsProject, with all proceeds going to the Barrie Food Bank.
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- Submitted by: Louise Jones - Rotary Club of Barrie
The Rotary Club of Cranberry Township (Noon) is sending meals to the Ronald McDonald House.
- Submitted by: Linda Clautti
Just like our Rotary club brothers and sisters in Santa Rosa, the members of the Rotary Club of Rohnert Park-Cotati are People of Action! We are Feeding Those Who Feed Us.
The hospitality industry has been hit particularly hard by the COVID response and many of the servers, bus boys, cooks, hosts & hostesses, etc. have been laid off and are struggling.
This Saturday, April 4th, starting at 12 noon, we will be providing complimentary heat & serve meals to anyone in the hospitality industry. Just show us a business card, a pay stub, or wear your work uniform. We will distribute meals until they are gone.
It is our intent to do this weekly until funds run out. If you would like to support our effort click the link here
- Submitted by: Wulff A Reinhold
Rotary Club of Monroe, Michigan -
The government meals program for kids is run by the local schools that are now closed. The club has been packing meals for the past week, averaging 900 per day, that are delivered to the community bus stops for families to feed children in our community.
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- Submitted by: Bruce Diven
Southborough Rotary Club provided local pantry a heavy duty oversized storage bin impervious to inclement weather that pantry put outside their doors so they could keep accepting food donations 24 x 7 while allowing for social distancing. link here
- Submitted by: Liz Kaprielian
The Rotary Club of Peoria-North, Illinois has arranged for all of our members that prepay for their weekly meals to either order a box lunch from our weekly caterer (this is helping him and his staff) which they can pick up or they can 'donate' their weekly meals until we meet again. We have made arrangements with numerous local organizations that need meals for the clients that they serve, so our caterer is taking their orders and delivering our donated meals to them on an ongoing basis! It's a win/win/win for all concerned!!
- Submitted by: Paula Taylor Bergstresser
Recognizing that seniors are unable to enjoy many of the things that are now banned while they remain in their homes, The Cache Valley Morning Rotary club has invited those with an artistic talent to paint wildlife images on canvases which we provide. We then display them on a Rotary Outdoor Wildlife Art Gallery located at a bucolic lakeside location. This not only gives them something to focus on during the social distancing indoors but also gives families an opportunity to maintain social distancing while driving out to see Grandma's contribution to community during these difficult times.
- Submitted by: Trace Skeen
The Rotary Club of Edinburg,Texas will donate all their meal money to the staff of The Echo Hotel. Most if not all are hourly employees that have been laid off. Many members also donated additional money to the fund. So far we have collected over $2000. The cooks and waitresses are like our family. It helps to "build goodwill and better friendships".
- Submitted by: Trecia Munal
The Rotary Club of Marana-Dove Mountain recently adopted a small care home. We had a lovely Valentine's Day party for them, with cookies, cupcakes, corsages and boutonnieres. Now we can't visit there, so we are sending cards and notes to the residents. The residents all are elderly and many in poor health. Some of them never have visitors. We are trying to let them know they are not forgotten.
- Submitted by: Teree Shaffer Bergman
The Rotary Club of Vidor, Texas is providing supplies and services for our students who engage regularly in behavioral therapy at school. The students will receive such things as fidget toys, stress balls, items to encourage breath control in times of distress, and art therapy supplies with instructions. Students will receive a personalized bag with a note from the therapist delivered to their doorstep.....at a distance of at least six feet away!
- Submitted by: Sally Peschka Andrews
Rotary Club of Stuart VA - We delivered this to BRES to go to the home’s of our Backpack Program students thanks to the generous donations from Bouldin Memorial Presbyterian Church & Ararat Ruritan Club! Again - it is so inspiring how our community rallies to support one another and gives us hope for better days ahead.
Many thanks goes to Kristie Young Bentley for managing this project with love.
- Submitted by: Paula Drady
Rotary Club of El Vigia- Ponce, Puerto Rico D -7000 - We publish our monthly newsletter “El Catalejo” to inform about our service projects in the community of Ponce, PR El Vigia Rotary Club and president William Guzman hosts a Radio Program on WPAB radio to keep the public informed of recent activities and service projects in the midst of the recent earthquakes and now this pandemic. Even though our meetings had to be cancelled. Our last invited speaker, Maria Torres, Damas Hospital Administrator, spoke at the last meeting to inform everyone about about the Coronavirus and things to do.
- Submitted by: Hilda Iriarte
Rotary Club of Carrollton-Farmers Branch contributed $1,500 to Metrocrest Services to help meet the urgent need during the COVID-19 pandemic. The check was presented to Metrocrest CEO Tracy Eubanks by Paul Lonquist, Club President David Hale, Treasurer Bill Bexley, and Victoria Mendoza.
- Submitted by: Bill Bexley
The Rotary klub Osijek J.J. Strossmayer District 1913 Croatia donated life function monitor to a local hospital KBC Osijek in Osijek. Donation worth is 5,000 USD and we are continuing with the work on securing second machine for the hospital. As soon as we have pictures and link to the story in local newspaper will upload it here. The donation is result of private donation of our members and local community together with Rotaract Club Osijek, Inner Wheel klub Osijek, Rotary Club Gospic, Rotary klub Nova Gradiška and many more.
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- Submitted by: Aleksandar Ero Erceg
The Rotary Club of Cary has a Read A Book program for K through 3rd grade readers in 8 elementary schools. Since the schools are closed, we are sending the unspent book funds to an interfaith food shuttle to provide meals for the children in need that are missing school.
- Submitted by: Jim Lovejoy
The Rotary Club of Kansas City (Club 13) are helping healthcare workers who are on the front lines. By partnering with Truman Medical Center’s Community Health Strategies & Innovation and the Healthy Harvest Mobile Market program, TMC’s staff will receive fresh produce. The Healthy Harvest Mobile Market will now be able to serve TMC’s workforce. Fresh and nutrient packed produce will be delivered to the staff, most of which are responsible for not only the life of patients but also their families as well. Providing produce to TMC workforce will help clinicians maintain optimal health to continue excellent care for those hospitalized, as well as allow them to reduce time spent in public grocery stores purchasing produce.
The Healthy Harvest Mobile Market program provides a $10-value bag of fruits and vegetables to approximately 100 health care workers at Truman Medical Center who are working mandatory shifts. The program costs $1,000 each week to provide the food to the employees at no cost. The Rotary Club of Kansas City donated $2,000 and the Rotary District #6040 matched that amount, so for $4,000, fresh fruits and vegetables will be provided to employees each week for a month!
- Submitted by: Mandy Sheldon
Rotary in the South West Peninsula (D1175) in the UK started a project a little while ago which has been embraced nationally in the UK with some support from American, Canadian and Australian Rotarians raising awareness of mental health issues which are never more prevalent. The campaign is entitled "Don't Bottle It Up" and encourages people to speak up, speak to someone - just don't bottle things up inside. At a time of social exclusion this is even more important.
- Submitted by: Darren Hands
Rotarians and community volunteers from Rotary District 5320 organized Project Shield to assembly 30,000 lightweight face shields destined for local health care facilities and first responders.
“Hospitals, nursing home facilities and first responders are in desperate need of adequate protective masks. They are on the front lines combating the COVID- 19 epidemic. Rotarians throughout our District immediately responded to the call for action by donating funds for the project, securing a local vendor for materials and volunteering to assemble and deliver the masks where they are needed most,” said District Governor Marc Aarons.
The Project received excellent media coverage: link here and link here Today, we delivered the first 10,000 face shields to St. Jude’s and their affiliated hospitals.
The project has allowed us to engage local businesses, government agencies, communities we serve and our own members.
- Submitted by: Beth Fujishige
Rotary District 5340 Governor Marta Knight has dedicated $15,000. from her current budget that would have been spent on canceled District events to be made available to Clubs to create projects in their communities to address the needs of needy families including homeless, immigrant, and elderly with short term supplies (sanitizers, hand wipes, disinfectant, face masks, etc.) to combat the Cornoa virus. Each Club, including our Rotaract Clubs, can apply for a matching grant of up to $500. with a match from the District of $250. These grant applications are listed on www.matchinggrants.org and are being tracked by our District Foundation Committee, under the direction of PDG Janice Kurth. We anticipate that all of the matching grant funds will be used up before the end of the Rotary Year. We are People of Action connecting Rotary to our World.
- Submitted by: Marge Cole
My name is Kaytlin Edwards, I am President of the Grayson County, KY Rotary Club. My best friend and I started a volunteer organization within Hardin County, Kentucky to help those at risk, whether because of immune system deficiencies or age, stay home and safe, while still having access to the things they need. We have the support (but are not partnered with) local city government and local police departments. I have been a Rotarian for over 5 years, and although my best friend Brandon is not, he supports me and our Rotary International mission. Although this program was not organized within the club I am President of, there are many Rotarians involved within the community, and the word has spread and other clubs and districts are picking up the idea. We currently have 170+ volunteers registered to help us, and almost 50 matches made. And as this continues, I’m sure those numbers will continue to rise. I also work for Humana, Inc., and our project was featured by Humana on a corporate level.
- Submitted by: Kaytlin Edwards
Here are two pictures of the Endicott Rotarians delivering cases of food to the Union Endicott school system on Monday March 30, 2020.
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- Submitted by: Darlene Leonard
The Rotary Club of Glassboro initiated webinar meeting in order to continue to meet. We shared resources such as daily breakfast and lunch, and weekly dinner being provided in the community.
- Submitted by: Pete Calvo
Endicott Rotary, New York, donated ten thousand dollars for food stuff for feeding the needy families of the Union Endicott School district.
Our Rotarians bought the food at Sam's Club and delivered to the administration office. They will do this every week, buying the food in increments until the whole money has been used.
Three members of our club are the Superintendent of UE Schools, and both Assistant superintendents. They did not ask the club for this money, but it was approved by our Foundation Board of Directors for donation. We are very proud of our club's effort to help our community at a time of need. Other area school systems have not done this for their families like our school system. We are very proud!
- Submitted by: Darlene Leonard
In Virginia, the Governor has banned all gatherings of people until
at least May 30th so our meeting place is closed...Willow Oaks
Country Club. We did the only thing possible and have scheduled
a Zoom meeting this Thursday at 1 PM to 1:30 PM. and may do it
for other meetings of the club. We did hold the drawing for the 2020 Corvette on March 14th but only about ten of our Rotarians were allowed to witness it. That raised enough to take care of all of our Richmond area charities and some from away from here.
- Submitted by: PDG Jay H. Lowden, Jr.
We delivered this to BRES to go to the home’s of our Backpack Program students thanks to the
generous donations from Bouldin Memorial Presbyterian Church and Ararat Ruritan Club! Again - it is
so inspiring how our community rallies to support one another and gives us hope for better days
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- Submitted by: Paula Drady
The three West Maui Rotary clubs immediately sprang into action in order to provide food and support to families and local businesses affected by the COVID-19 virus pandemic. Boards of Directors of the three clubs met virtually to hammer out programs to help our local community members and their families.
The Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset is working with Dr. Rebecca Winkie, principal at Princess Nahienaena School, to help students and families in need who attend her school. This club has purchased 40-$25 gift certificates at two locally owned food establishments that are remaining open for take-out orders. Moku Roots located in the Lahaina Gateway Center and CJ’s Deli located in the Fairway Shops each received $1000 to provide the gift certificates. $1000 in $25 gift cards were also purchased by the club at Foodland. These 120 gift cards and certificates were presented to Dr. Winkie on Thursday March 26th for distribution. Additionally Marilyn Jorgensen, co-owner of CJs Deli, in collaboration with Dr.Winkie, invited families to her place of business to pick up surplus milk, eggs, and other produce that was donated by Sysco. To quote Dr. Winkie: "To witness the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset's compassionate support for our community is both humbling and heartwarming. Their beyond-generous donation of meals by way of gift cards is truly a blessing during these trying economic times, and I applaud their efforts to assist the students, families and local businesses of Lahaina." This club also made financial contributions to the following agencies to support local needs during these times of the COVID-19 pandemic: Maui Food Bank, $1000; Salvation Army, $500; and Maui Rescue Mission, $200.
- Submitted by: Joanne Laird
Here in our small town of Mammoth Lakes,Ca with only one 17 bed hospital we are making fabric masks. These masks will be used for all patients entering our clinics and hospital. They can then take them home and continue to use them when they are in the community. We also are making some masks with liners for the staff at the hospital that are not dealing directly with Covid-19 patients but providing additional service to our hospital patients. We are also providing Easter Baskets to many of the laid off staff from our local restaurants that are shut down. We hope to bring some small cheer to their families.
- Submitted by: Joanne Hunt
The Rotary Club of Alexandria, LA - Through E-mails, Facebook and our Newsletter, we are able to keep in touch with our Board and members on a regular basis and communicate about projects and activities. The Board and Committees continue to meet "on line" to plan ahead and to discuss pending projects such as Community Grants, Scholarships, Service Above Self Award, etc.
We also initiated a Community Action project. One of our members and Past President is head of the area United Way. The United Way represents 15 support agencies and plans to launch a Coronavirus Response Fund. The United Way has the organization, the contacts and the fiscal integrity to identify the needs in the Community and to distribute the funds when and where needed. Our Club was the first to partner with the United Way by offering up to $5,000 in matching funds to help launch this worthwhile Campaign. We have also requested District and Rotary International funds which we are hopeful will provide much additional funding as Rotary International has endorsed the use of their Grants for Corvid-19 projects.
- Submitted by: Edwin J. Caplan
Here in Naples NY Rotary has taken the lead in organizing the many folks who wanted to help during this crisis. We saw through FaceBook posts that there were many, many people who wanted to reach out and support folks who could not leave their homes due to age, pre-existing health conditions, recent health issues or because they were afraid. We also reached out to the local school district to offer support, but at this time they do not need it.
We worked with the mayor, the town supervisor, the food pantry contact person, our local grocery store and pharmacy. We recruited volunteers from FaceBook and created a list. We established three immediate needs:
First: “curbside shopping at the local grocery store”. Volunteers following appropriate safety practices will shop for folks who wait in the parking lot. This provides both a safe way for an individual to get his or her groceries while having the chance to talk however briefly with someone.
The second service we provide is for individuals who cannot leave their homes or are afraid to. The person who needs this service contacts a central number, one of the organizers, who then contacts a volunteer. The volunteer then contacts the person in need, obtains the grocery list and payment method. The volunteer purchases the groceries and delivers them. We worked with the local grocery store to establish a variety of payment methods and to coordinate when “curbside shopping” would take place.
A third service we offered was to coordinate volunteers for our local food pantry. We worked with the food pantry manager and contact person to make sure the volunteers understood the rules for the food pantry and how the food pantry would function to make sure volunteers and recipients would remain safe. These volunteers work on Saturdays to make sure that individuals and/or families who need this help are served safely.
We also worked with the village mayor to organize a FaceBook Live event to provide the community with health information, information from the state and county, and an explanation of how the grocery store was working with our group and to assure the community that there would be groceries available.
Our overall idea was based on Rotary Connects the World, it was time to see that Rotary Connects the Community. We saw immediately that our support of the community most assuredly met the Rotary Four Way Test.
- Submitted by: Andy Beigel
Spencerport Rotary Club, NY - On March 15 we had our 24 th Annual Ziti Dinner which almost didn't come off since there was a restriction on how many people would be allowed to attend due to the virus. Since we were under the quota we decided to go ahead since we had the Building available (American Legion Bldg.) and the food purchased. We normally serve 500-525 we served that day only 370 still more than we expected with many were take out dinners.
Well we had PASTA & SAUCE left over(plenty). Which we usually leave leftovers to the Legion to serve the vets the next few days but they had to close down the building the next day.
One of our members son who has been doing the cooking for many years decided with his wife to cook the dinners and deliver to the Nurses and Doctors at 2 of our local hospitals. Also delivered to our local Post Office 2 pans of Pasta!
That's our story for this emergency !
- Submitted by: Joseph S. Marasco
The rotary Club of Ionia, Michigan is paying our caterer $100 a week to help off set loss of revenue and help pay staff.
- Submitted by: Gary Swinehart
The Rotaract Club of NPR's latest community project was completed start to finish in just a few days with the generous help of the NPR Rotary Club and Marjorie's Hope. We purchased and packed 500 bags of supplies that included a notebook, pens, pencils, erasers, glue sticks, markers/crayons/colored pencils and either a sketchpad, a pack of playdoh, and a pack of chalk or a small paint craft.
We were also able to purchase 500 food items to deliver to One Community Now for their food drive.
In less than a week, we shopped, packed and delivered all of the backpack bags and food to One Community Now. They were distributed along with the meals One Community Now has given out at 7 different Pasco county local locations. The school supply bags went to Pack-a-sack first and then to others with children.
It was a big success in my opinion and I am very proud of my Rotaract group for getting it all together in such a short amount of time. Most of us are teachers aimed at finishing this project before our e-learning classes began and we did it!
- Submitted by: Frank Grey