Posted by Barbara Beagle on Mar 18, 2021
In 2021 Silverdale Rotary is hosting Operation Duck Drop, where Duck Race Sponsors are invited to choose a nonprofit to be a recipient of Duck Race proceeds “out of the blue.”  No applications were necessary, and there are no restrictions on the grants. 
 
Silverdale Rotarians are very appreciative of our generous 2020 Duck Race Sponsors, who in spite of the Duck Race being canceled in 2020, allowed us to keep their cash donations to continue our work in the community during COVID-19, and to award Duck Drop grants that change lives!
 
On March 18, we heard from Rotarian Mary Hoover, a Duck Race sponsor who has donated to the Duck Race on behalf of, and in memory of, Rotarian Natalie Bryson, a legendary community leader and organizer.  Natalie worked relentlessly on causes related to children, education, and helping families in need.  Mary shared that Natalie had very high regard for Easterseals Washington and the work they do locally, and therefore chose Easterseals Washington  https://www.easterseals.com/washington as the recipient of a $1,000 unrestricted grant.
On hand to accept the grant was a grateful Angela Cox, Senior Program Director in Kitsap and nearby, who told us about some of the work that Easterseals Washington has continued during COVID-19 supporting children, adults, veterans, and families:
  • Olympic Peninsula Autism Center in Silverdale – providing behavior reduction
  • Workforce Development Program – designed to help those with disabilities, many of whom lost their during COVID-19, stay employed
  • Preparations for the 2021 season of Camp Stand By Me – which gives families much needed respite.  Over 400 clients with disabilities are expected to attend the weekly camps in Vaughn which offer an inclusive, barrier-free environment for children and adults with disabilities to experience all the joys of camp without limitations.
Cathy Bisaillon, CEO of Easterseals Washington stated that “Keeping our current programs safe, and gearing up to reopen our camp and daily adult services, means un-budgeted expenses for PPE, hand sanitizing stations and extra nursing supplies. This unanticipated $1,000 saves the day!”