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Rotary Responds: COVID-19

COVID-19: HERITAGE ROTARY DONATES MONTH OF GROCERY TO BRONX FAMILIES

Members of the Heritage NY E-Club were active in providing 14 families in dire need, in the Bronx with groceries to last them for one. month.  These families preferred the groceries to cash handouts. The supplies included rice, cooking oil, lentils. onions, potatoes. pasta, cereals, chicken nuggets, pita bread, salt and snacks valued at $100 per bag.
 
The project was led by Club President S. Zaki Hossain, while Rahat Hossain arranged for the shopping and delivery to these families, many of which have young children or elderly members.
 
The project is ongoing with many more families in need awaiting supplies of groceries.  If you wish to participate in the project please donate to the Club tinyurl.com/heritageNY.
 

COVID-19: PEEKSKILL ROTARY DONATES DISINFECTING FOGGER FOR AMBULANCE CORPS

The Peekskill Rotary Club raised over $4,000 in donations from its members for the Peekskill Community Volunteer Ambulance Corps. at their regular Rotary meeting on Thursday, April 16th which was held online via Zoom. The donations are for a "fogger," which is an innovative new surface treatment system that combines proven electrostatic technology with trusted disinfecting products to quickly and easily provide superior coverage in even the hardest-to-reach places.

Club Member Chrissy Meslener informed the Club that the Peekskill Volunteer Ambulance Corp. needed a disinfecting fogger to quickly clean ambulances after a call.  Presently they are hand-sanitizing the “rigs” which takes far more time and is not as efficient as a fogger. The disinfecting process has become a challenge as the number of daily calls has increased from approximately 5 to about 25 during the COVID-19 crisis. Improper or inadequate cleaning poses a health hazard to anybody traveling in the ambulance.
 
In total the Club raised $4,350 in private donations. The wave of contributions was started when one member pledged $1,000 towards this cause if the club was able to raise the rest. Their donation was followed by $1,000 from two more members and along with several other donations, they exceeded the $4,000 asked for. The Ambulance Corp. will purchase Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) with the extra donations.

COVID-19: PLEASANTVILLE, BRIARCLIFF & YONKERS CLUBS JOIN FORCES WITH GULLOTTA HOUSE TO PROVIDE MEALS FOR NEEDY

The Rotary Clubs of Pleasantville, Briarcliff Manor and Yonkers-East Yonkers have joined hands with Gullotta House to provide meals for the needy.    Gullotta House uses the donations from the clubs combining the funds with other donations and purchases the meals at cost from local restaurants. 
 
The food distribution is ongoing every week - Mondays at Pleasantville, Tuesdays at Yonkers and Wednesdays at Briarcliff.  Hundreds of meals have so been distributed at these locations. Club and other volunteers at at every location so that people who come by are given the meal packs maintaining social distancing. 
 
They also delivered meals to Ambulance Corps, Hospitals and the Police.  The Partnering restaurants are. Stamford Diner, Soup Ninja, Fin & Brew. & Tarry Tavern. Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, Yonkers Rotary, Yonkers First Deputy Police Chief Tim Hodges, were present at the Yonkers locations and helped distribute the meal packets.
 

COVID-19: INWOOD, HARLEM CLUBS PARTNER WITH SALVATION ARMY TO FEED ELDERLY & INFIRM

Jim Kushner and John Higgins of the Inwood Club started their 6th week with the Harlem Salvation Army, delivering food to the elderly and infirm. Everything is going smoothly. Jim drives down in his station wagon, takes the delivery addresses and packs the wagon with boxes of food from the Salvation Army Distribution Center.
 
They have partnered with the Rotary Club of Harlem and the Salvation Army for this project, delivering to Harlem, Washington Heights and Inwood.
 
Jim is asking for support to help keep the food supplies ongoing. The Rotary Club of Harlem Foundation is raising funds for Harlem HEALS - COVID -19 Community Relief. Every dollar goes directly for getting the food supplies. There are no administrative costs.
 

COVID-19: HERITAGE NY CLUB PROVIDES FUNDS TO AFYA FOUNDATION TO SUPPORT PPE'S FOR ST. JOHN'S HOSPITAL

The District's newest Club - the Heritage New York Club responded to the District's Emergency Appeal and collected donations to be directed to the Afya Foundation.  Three members of the Club donated a total of $1,000 for the Emergency Appeal.  Meanwhile, the Afya Foundation has already delivered 1,000 face shields and 700 masks to the St. John's Riverside Hospital and other PPEs to Lincoln Hospital..  Requests for additional supplies - gowns and gloves have been chaneled to Afya and will be made available as they receive more supplies.
 
An an e-club, the Heritage NY Club  has been trying to provide much needed assistance to the frontline health workers and support personnel  wherever it's members live - Westchester, Bronx, New York City as well as Long Island.
 

COVID-19: YONKERS-EDGEMONT SATELLITE CLUB ASSISTS IN PROVIDING SUPPLIES TO LINCOLN MEDICAL CENTER

The new Edgemont Satellite of the Yonkers-East Yonkers Club was instrumental in arranging for PPE supplies to be sent to Lincoln Medical Center in The Bronx.  Club Adviser Parul Bhatnaghar responded to the need of the Lincoln Medical and contacted the District.  The District forwarded the request to the Afya Foundation and connected them together. The Afya Foundation collects PPEs and Medical supplies through donations and purchases and makes them available to local Hospitals and Organizations which are in dire need.
 
On 24 April, Afya volunteers delivered the supplies which were received by Dr. Rajan Khanna.  Thanks to Dr. Dimpy Gupta and Parul Bhatnagar for facilitating this much-needed protection for our frontline health personnel who are daily risking their lives and well-being to help others.
 

COVID-19: YONKERS-EAST YONKERS ROTARY TEAMS UP WITH GULOTTA HOUSE TO PROVIDE HOT MEALS

(Brian Harrod, Yonkers Newswire)
 
YONKERS ROTARY TO THE RESCUE: Yonkers-East Yonkers Rotary President Steven Simpson and fellow Rotarian Yonkers Police Department Deputy Chief Tim Hodges have just announced that the Yonkers Rotary Board Members have voted to donate $1,000 to Gullotta House to keep the free hot grab-and-go meals flowing out of the Yonkers Community Action Program (YCAP) for those in need in the City of Hills.

Yonkers Police Department Deputy Chief Rotarian Tim Hodges was with fellow Rotarian Matthew Gullotta handing out hot meals to Yonkers residents, but Yonkers Rotary President Steven Simpson was not able to come, because he was picking up PPE supplies at an airport.

On Tuesday, 21 April, Rotary President Steven Simpson presented Gullotta House their donation check at the Yonkers Community Action Program, as other Club Members joined Deputy Chief Hodges in volunteering in handing out grab-and-go hot meals to those in need.

COVID-19: ELMSFORD ROTARY PROVIDES HOT MEALS FOR ARMY NATIONAL GUARDS

The Elmsford Rotary Club in collaboration with the DoubleTree Hotel, Tarrytown and Burger King arranged for Easter Dinner for the 250 soldiers of the US Army National Guard Regiment from Camp Smith, Peekskill.  .These soldiers are responsible for cleaning and sanitizing the COVID-19 testing centers, Mobile Hospitals and schools, and are being housed at the DoubleTree Hotel.
This hot meal was the Club's way of thanking these courageous soldiers, taking their time away from their families, a little more bearable. These soldiers perform daily and live our motto “Service Above Self”.
The Elmsford Club is also providing free whopper meals to about 300 essential construction workers building the hospital and medical facility at the Westchester County Center.
 
Club President J.T. McFadden said, these activities - the result of a great partnership between the Elmsford Club, the DoubleTree Hotel and Burger King. are intended to demonstrate the commitment of all the partners towards their local community as well as to to show respect for the work of our soldiers.

 

COVID-19: PEEKSKILL ROTARY CONTINUES 2 WEEKLY FOOD DISTRIBUTIONS

On Tuesdays, the Rotary Club of Peekskill has been working with Feeding Westchester to distribute food to the local community. Food packages are available starting at 11:00 in front of The Field Library on Main St.  This project will continue for the foreseeable future.
 
The Club's Friday meal distributions, began on April 11, 2020 in a combined effort with HOPE For Youth Foundation, Manzer's Landscape Design & Development and private donations from Peekskill Rotary members. All meals are purchased from local restaurants and made available at Manzer's Landscaping Design & Development yard located at 1060 Lower South St, Peekskill, from 1:00 - 3:30.
 
The purpose of this project is to provide meals to families in the local community and at the same time keep local restaurants open.  Friday meals will continue every Friday until at least May 1st.

COVID-19: GATEWAY ROTARY PROVIDES FOOD FOR HOSPITAL STAFF

 
The Gateway Rotary Club on Staten Island arranged to provide pizzas for the Doctors, nurses and staff at a local hospital.  These heroes on the front lines have been treating patients everyday since the beginning of the pandemic, at great risk to themselves and their own families.  As a show of gratitude, Rotarians from the Club delivered the boxes.  Club President Steven Cisternas, members Stuart Roaker, Domenick Moncada, Paul Sarcona, Joseph Botegga, Bobby Walsh, John Buonocore and other members participated. 

COVID-19: NEW ROCHELLE ROTARY RAISES FUNDS FOR FIRST RESPONDERS
Rotary Club of New Rochelle has just donated $6,000 to support the Coronavirus first responders: $3,000 to the New Rochelle Police Department and $3,000 New Rochelle Fire Department for safety equipment.  As the New Rochelle area has been greatly impacted by COVID-19, the Rotary Club of New Rochelle is also looking to raise money to help those in need. These funds will be given back to the New Rochelle community and those in the Sound Shore area affected by COVID-19 in the aftermath of this pandemic.  
 
The Club has established a fund to receive donations
 

COVID-19: RYE ROTARY PARTNERS WITH "BREAD OF LIFE" TO FEED THE HUNGRY
 
The Rye Rotary Foundation has partnered with "Bread of Life", via a donation.  This not-for-profit organization feeds over 10,000 people weekly in Westchester County, where 1 in 5 is hungry. Based in Rye, NY, Bread of Life provides food, clothing, and support to food pantries, homeless shelters and individuals. It works with a variety of partners to deliver food relief to those in need.
 
A specific emphasis is placed on utilizing one of the most abundant resources in the community - excess food. Through "food rescue,” the Bread of Life team works with local grocery stores, restaurants, and food distributors to deliver excess food, that would otherwise be discarded as waste, to those experiencing food insecurity.
 
This virus has created an unprecedented challenge for nearly all of us. But it is also an opportunity for Rotarians and those in our communities to find new, meaningful ways to lead and to connect and do good in the world. Rye Rotary will be working with Bread of Life & Greenwich Hospital to help provide funds for meals as well as medical supplies to those in need throughout this difficult time.
 

COVID-19: EASTCHESTER ROTARY DONATES N95 MASKS FOR FIRST RESPONDERS
 
The Eastchester Rotary Club was able to secure 100 N95 respirator masks and donate them to the local police department that was in urgent need.  The Club is also working to obtain more Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
 

COVID-19: BRONXVILLE HELPS LOCAL BUSINESS EMPLOYEES
The Rotary Club of Bronxville, in a rapid response to the urgent need for food relief, has started a matching fund to help support furloughed kitchen help and wait-staff at our local restaurants. An initial disbursement of funds was made on 27 March to staff at Fogarty's restaurant - the venue of Club meetings as well as many District meetings.  Forgarty's has closed an laid off all staff.  The Club Board took immediate action to stave off hunger for these families. This may be an ongoing crisis, so any donations from the public are encouraged and can be made through the Bronxville Rotary Club website.
 
The Club has also made a donation of $5,000 to the Harlem Rotary Clubs program with the Salvation Army to feed the hungry.

COVID-19: YONKERS-EAST YONKERS HELPS PACK FOOD FOR HOMEBOUND SENIORS AND DISABLED
Rotary Yonkers-East Yonkers President Steven Simpson and his Team once again gave up their lunch hour, on 18 March, to be at The Yonkers Community Action Program (YCAP) to pack groceries for home-bound seniors and disabled residents. The Club has been doing this for the past few months and they determined that they could not let the homebound seniors and disabled in their community down.
 
Special guests partnered up with Y-EY Rotary Club today ..... Yonkers City Council-member Tasha Diaz, former Council-member Lorraine Lopez, brought re-useable grocery bags from the City of Yonkers and the Yonkers IDA.
 
Our seniors shouldn't have to go without their much-needed groceries. Truly Service Above Self.
 

COVID-19: HARLEM ROTARY HELPS FEED FAMILIES IN NEED
(Dwayne R. Norris, Past President, Harlem Rotary Club, 18 March 2020)
 
 
I had the privilege of stopping by WestCOP today and seeing the operation they have going that is feeding thousands of Westchester residents every week!! I was able to bring 12 boxes of books donated by my business Soulful Synergy, Rotary Club of Harlem and The Book Fairies to help ease the stress on families during these difficult times
 
A special shoutout to Daniel E Bonnet for your incredible leadership throughout this crisis and my business partner Alejandro Alvarez for always putting community first!
 
Thanks to The National Guard for being on the front lines! New Rochelle is resilient and they will come out of this emergency but with your help it will be easier.
 
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The Hamilton Rotary Interact Club is reflecting on its work to assist the community since its inception nearly five years ago, including donations to groups such as PALS, the Salvation Army, the Bermuda Cricket Board youth division, the Seventh Day Adventist Church, and Warwick Preschool.

A spokesperson said, “As we move into a new decade, we pause to give thanks to Rotary youth who have served our community well. The Hamilton Rotary Interact Club has been enhancing the plight of those who have fallen on hard times for almost five years since its formation.”

“They have helped to prepare supper and serve the needy at the Salvation Army, donated well-needed cups and lids to the Street Feeding Soup Ministry, sold tags for the Bermuda Cricket Board youth division and Feed The Children Ministry, run by the Seventh Day Adventist Church, and hosted and assisted visually blind citizens of the Inspire Bermuda Charity during their most successful tag day.

 
In June of 2018, I was infected by a deer tick with a parasite called Babesiosis which at the time was a permanent disqualification for donating blood.  It may no longer be the case as of Jan 2020.  By that time, I had donated over 100 units of blood, platelets, and plasma and was disappointed that I would no longer be able to donate.  In June of 2019, I was installed as the President of the Peekskill Rotary Club.  Our club was celebrating our 100th year and as President, I chose a Presidential project to get 100 units of blood donated.  Halfway through the year, our blood donation goal thermometer read a disappointing 21 donations, so I decided to create a challenge to get people to donate.  I modeled my blood donation challenge after the Ice Bucket Challenge and with the help of two very generous friends, JP Patrick, a videographer & director, and Diane Cricchio another video superstar we created the challenge video.

A fundraising campaign by a youth theatre to send youngsters to train on New York City’s Broadway has been given a boost from Hamilton Rotary Club.

A spokeswoman for Noire said the training trip, scheduled to take place in April, would allow the youngsters to take part in Broadway acting workshops, talkback sessions with Broadway professionals and an intensive training session, at the Neighbourhood Playhouse acting school.

I knew there was no shortage of books, I constantly hear people say they have basements and attics filled with their kid’s books. Where in our neighborhood could these books filled with so much imagination and story go so all the children could be reached? Laundromats! That was my first thought. A long day at the laundry mat waiting for the cycles to go through. Both parent and kids need a distraction to pass the time. What better way to pass the time than with a story a parent and child can share together.

What if Rotary supplied books for kids to read and take home to snuggle with at bedtime? So, Rotary started collecting book which was easy but now where would we put them? Ron, the owner of Sleepy Hollow Laundromat on Valley Street in Sleepy Hollow was happy to welcome us. We set up a small bookshelf and loaded it with books. At the same time McDonald’s wanted to support the local community more and approached Rotary. So, we set up a bookshelf in the lobby at McDonald’s. To our surprise and delight the books were flying off the shelves. One of our Rotarians, Rabbi David Holtz, had built a beautiful bookshelf in excitement for this project and it needed a home. Dr Kothari of 914 Smile Inc opened his waiting room to our bookshelf and has done a wonderful job of filling it in his children’s corner.

 

On Saturday, February 8, the Club coordinated about 50 volunteers from across New York City who came together to make 1,250 sandwiches for the hungry and homeless in Harlem  The Club is grateful to all of the volunteers and their partners at One Sandwich at a Time and Pillars for being a part of this special day!