IDEAS ON HOW YOU ROTARY CLUB CAN HELP YOUR COMMUNITY
 
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- Conduct a virtual food drive! Put food donations on your front porch during the specified pick-up time. Have members text/email the designated person that they have food to be picked up with their address. Social distancing AND helping others! 
- Check in with your local senior center to offer assistance
- Have your club's caterer/restaurant work with Meals on Wheels
- Check in with older or high-risk club members
- Donate food and money to your local food bank
- Support your local restaurants by ordering take-out
 
 
Area 4 Clubs
Castle Rock
  • Help & Hope Center would be the focus of our community efforts; have given money, asked for volunteers, and have applied for $1,500 District Covid-19 Grant (contact Wes Schuneman)
Castle Rock High Noon -
  • Has organized in combination with a District Grant, an amount of $3000 to be used to buy gift certificates from local restaurants and businesses.  Our club will present the gift certificates to the Help and Hope Center (formerly The Douglas County Task Force) to be used for their clientele who are in great need right now. The Food Bank that the Center runs is stretched very thin. This double-impact initiative helps both our local businesses and local people most in need. (contact Vickie Baroch)
Parker -
  • "Rotary Cares" call team of 10 Board members making calls to check-in with assigned members - requests for help like groceries, RX will be given to a volunteer team
  • BORED meetings (gather on screen with your favorite beverage and chat as if you were in a local bar)
Area 13 Clubs
Mead -
  • Sew masks and bandanas to distribute to the community with Rotary embroidered on them
Platteville
  • Order catering at your favorite restaurant and provide dinner for the hospital staff, perhaps ICU. You are supporting hospital staff and local businesses.

The District's Natural Disaster Response Committee, temporarily re-purposed to help with the COVID-19 crisis, offers the following suggestions for clubs to consider:
  • UCHealth and HealthOne, funds helping employees with special needs, e.g., those quarantined in hotels (isolated from their families)
  • Mental Health Center of Denver, Jefferson Center for Mental Health, Adams County Mental Health, etc., funding for special programs (e.g., food box, homeless assistance)
  • United Way call center (211), serving as a home-based volunteer and sharing info with callers on available community resources
  • Team Rubicon, through its #NeighborsHelpingNeighbors initiative.  Veterans play leading roles, aided by civilians
  • Donating blood, accomplished by visiting one of several local Vitalant centers
The committee also recommends that clubs form collaborative partnerships to address such issues, but that if a club wants to "fly solo," it should choose to focus on one opportunity.  Please also note that volunteer opportunities of all sorts can be located by contacting "Help Colorado Now" online.  For specific questions, feel free to contact either of the committee's co-chairs, Peter Van Arsdale (petervanarsdale1@gmail.com) or Mike Hitchcock (mhhitch@aol.com).