ShelterBox USA Recognizes Rotary District 6440

Santa Barbara, Calif., Jan. 5, 2020 – ShelterBox is thrilled to announce that Rotary District 6440 is a Top 20 Giving District to ShelterBox USA. Since ShelterBox’s founding in 2000, Rotary District 6440 has provided continual effort to help give emergency shelter and supplies to people who have lost their homes to disaster or conflict.
Thanks to the efforts of Rotary District 6440, ShelterBox is better prepared to respond quickly and efficiently when disaster or conflict strikes. ShelterBox reached 200,000 people in 2020, bringing the total number of people served to 1.7 million since ShelterBox’s founding 20 years ago. This would not be possible without the support of people from Rotary District 6440, such as ShelterBox Ambassadors Donna Lee Gulley (Northbrook Rotary), Ross Spencer (Long Grove Rotary), and Maria Peterson (Barrington Breakfast Rotary).
Rotary District 6440 serves northeast Illinois and is comprised of more than 70 clubs. Because the Evanston, Illinois headquarters of Rotary International is located within District 6440’s borders, it is often referred to as the “Home District.”
Twenty years ago, ShelterBox was first adopted as a millennium project by the Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard (UK). In 2012, ShelterBox became Rotary International’s first Project Partner and remains the only disaster relief partner.
Rotary has been instrumental in ShelterBox’s growth, helping to transform ShelterBox into an internationally recognized disaster relief charity. The mutual benefits are enormous. ShelterBox receives incredible financial and logistical support from Rotary and, equally, acts as a catalyst in encouraging more people all over the world to become involved with their local Rotary Club. In November of 2020, ShelterBox honored Rotary International with the Global Humanitarian Service Award, in recognition of their outstanding partnership throughout the years.
Shelter is critical to reducing the spread of COVID-19. ShelterBox is working with partners in places like Syria, Cameroon, Nigeria and Ethiopia, finding new ways to tackle the challenges and adapt to changing circumstances during this pandemic. The emergency shelter provided by ShelterBox enables social distancing by helping to move families out of overcrowded collective centers and reduce the risk of transmission of the infection by providing families with personal aid items like water filters, blankets and cooking sets. ShelterBox teams are customizing their standard aid packages to include soap and handwashing basins and they have modified their distribution practices by distributing to smaller groups, encouraging social distancing, and using personal protective equipment. In some responses, they have a healthcare representative at the distribution site to promote health and hygiene practices.
About Rotary Club of Northbrook
The Rotary Club of Northbrook is dedicated to building camaraderie and fellowship through service to our community, as well as helping those in need in other regions or countries. Contact The Rotary Club of Northbrook or to donate to ShelterBox via their website at
Rotary International is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders and problem-solvers who unite and take action to create lasting around the globe. For more than 110 years, Rotary’s people of action have used their passion, energy and intelligence to improve lives through service. From promoting literacy and peace to providing clean water and improving health care, Rotary members are always working to better the world. Visit to learn more about Rotary and the fight to eradicate polio.
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About ShelterBox
Since 2000, ShelterBox has provided shelter, warmth, and dignity following more than 300 disasters in over 100 countries. ShelterBox responds urgently to earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami, or conflict by delivering boxes of essential shelter, aid and other lifesaving supplies. Each iconic green ShelterBox contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, a water filtration system, emergency lighting, and other tools for survival. The organization was nominated for the 2018 and 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. ShelterBox USA is based in Santa Barbara, California.  ShelterBox is an official Project Partner of Rotary International
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