We definitely encouraged our members who could serve during this crisis to do so. Here are a few things that the Spring Valley Rotary Club has been doing in support of local COVID-19 relief efforts:
- We sent 10 Rotarian members and several of their family members to serve meals at Transitions, the downtown Columbia based homeless center. (It’s much more than a shelter!) It is run by our own SV Rotarian, Craig Currey. We covered a breakfast, lunch and dinner in late April, and worked to fill “to-go” meals for clients of Transitions and were one of the first volunteer groups to return to Transitions to help.
- We’ve had 7-10 members and a few spouses or family members volunteer at Harvest Hope Food Bank in downtown Columbia (photos attached)
- As a club we sponsor three Little Lending Libraries in Northeast Columbia, and we put out a call for the donation of books and collected more than 500 books to continue to restock our libraries with children’s books in addition to books for adults as so many are looking for books to read during the “quarantine” with the libraries and bookstores closed. (photos attached)
- We’ve had several members donate blood at a Red Cross Blood Center.
- One of our community grant recipients, Prisma Health Children’s Hospital, had a unique need for funding due to COVID-19, which required putting some of the specialists, (pediatric cardiologist/pulmonologists) “on the road” using the Prisma Health Community Mobile Health Clinic. Our grant of $1,000 helped the hospital reach it’s goal of raising $10,000 in funding to operate the community health mobile to care for medically fragile infants and children without bringing them to the hospital during this crisis. Here’s a link to the video that explained this need
We continue to look for more ways to serve!Thanks for getting this information to your Zone contact.Do you mind passing this on to the district newsletter editor as well so I only have to type this one time