Apr 132020

Charleston Duck Race Contacts:

  • Public Image Director: Beth M. Lee at BethM.Lee@att.net/(864) 376-8824
  • Fundraising Director: George Roberts at groberts@ecmow.org
  • Media Liaison: Doug Coupe at dougcoupe@gmail.com

Reserves are used to help those in immediate need.  YOUR contributions, either thru duck adoptions or sponsorships, in past Duck Races makes a difference during this time of crisis. The following organizations recently received immediate assistance. Financial donations were funded 50% each by the Rotary Club of Daniel Island and The Daniel Island Community Fund

Ronald McDonald House

East Cooper Meals on Wheels


Summit Place

Lowcountry Hope Center

Seven Farms Apartments

Ronald McDonald House received a donation in the amount of $2,000.  The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Charleston opened its doors 35 years ago as a “Home-away-from-home” where families stay while their children undergo extensive medical treatment. The House is able to serve 32 families every single night. The Ronald McDonald house relies on volunteers to prepare meals for its families.  Unfortunately, the Coronavirus has caused this to stop. Daniel Island Rotary Club is partnering with Daniel Island Community Fund to purchase meals from Daniel Island restaurants, with a goal of supporting those local businesses and to feed families whose child is experiencing medical hardships.

East Cooper Meals on Wheels received a donation in the amount of $3,000 .  East Cooper Meals on Wheels has seen a spike in demand in the last few weeks due to the reaction of Coronavirus.  “Due to this unprecedented situation, we changed our normal daily delivery operations and sent out 3,000 meals on March 24th , the most meals ever delivered by our organization in one day.” said George Roberts, President of Meals on Wheels.   “This effort fully depleted our frozen meal inventory so we are now working on restocking our freezers and meeting the increased demand due to home quarantines in our area.”

ECCO (East Cooper Community Outreach) received a donation in the amount of $2,000.  “For 30 years, ECCO has been serving local families in both generational and situational poverty,” said Stephanie Kelley, ECCO’s executive director.  “I believe the COVID-19 pandemic will be the ‘natural disaster’ that shapes ECCO’s vision and mission as we move into our next 30 years.” (See Zach Giroux’s article in the Moultrie News on March 24, 2020) Typically ECCO provides meals to 375-400 households per month (80 – 100 per week).  The week of March 23rd – 27th, ECCO supplied 339 pre packaged food orders to feed 309 families, in which 43% of these were new orders.  Rotarians have also personally delivered a large quantity of canned goods to help replenish the outflow.  

Summit Place requested assistance in a variety ways that seek to improve the lives of their residents.  They asked for a big screen SMART TV so that their residents can watch the news and a good movie while practicing social distancing and also a better internet connection so that they can effectively communicate with their friends and family.  The Daniel Island Rotary Club and the Daniel Island Community Fund partnered to purchase the big screen SMART TV and Carl Wist, a Daniel Island Resident, graciously agreed to volunteer his skills and knowledge to install the TV and equipment that will allow more residents of Summit Place to have access to WIFI to connect with family and to watch movies.  Additionally the big screen SMART TV, allows them to stream church services, have a broader access to intellectually stimulating programs, and to use Skype, Zoom or other tools to communicate with family members. Home Telecom has increased the bandwidth of WIFI capacity at Summit Place so that these goals can be accomplished. The Daniel Island Club chipped in 3 putters so that the residents can practice their putting indoors in mini-golf.  Amy Kovatch, Activities Director at Summit Place, confirmed that they are one of the few senior residential facilities in the Lowcountry to have no sign of symptoms of disease, however, the residents are mentally and emotionally feeling the impact, even more so because of the increased social distancing requirements. Amy Kovatch expressed her gratitude for these contributions and for lifting up the most vulnerable residents in the community. 

Lowcountry Hope Center received appliances and minor furniture items donated from Summit Place.  When Daniel Island Rotary Club reached out to Summit Place to see what assistance could be provided to their facility and residents, they responded that they had some appliances and miscellaneous items from a recent remodel that they were storing and would like to donate to a local charity, Lowcountry Hope Center, which helps needy families. However Summit Place had no way to deliver them.  Enter Rotary! Rotarians in their truck and trailer loaded up the refrigerators, microwaves, and lamps and moved them from Summit Place to Lowcountry Hope Center.

Seven Farms Apartments received a donation in the amount of $800 to go towards meals for their residents.  Holy Cross Church facilitated providing the meals to families in need that reside in the Seven Farms Apartment community.  These families are some of the hardest hit economically with all of the local business closings.      



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