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The Volunteer Surge

THE PLAN

The Volunteer Surge is a program designed to allow those who wish to be of service to the community in the COVID 19 crisis, to be able to do so with purpose and direction.  Rotary International Director Jeffry Cadorette was approached by the Global Impact Group since Jeffry serves in the region of Rotary which included New York, one of the most heavily impacted areas. Jeffry then took the information to the RI Board and the DG’s of the region for consensus and support… which he found to be unanimous.

The program is simple: we need more volunteers to help  in this fight against COVID-19 and you can consider being a part of that effort and who better to support their communities through such a volunteer effort than Rotarians.

 

The TRAINING 

First go to https://theglobalimpactgroup.org/. Sign up and be trained, online.. For free.

There are two options.
10 hours of training - which will allow you to help from your home under the guidance of local healthcare providers.

30 hours of training - which will glean a Certified Nursing Assistant certification.  With this certification, you can serve at hospitals and other onsite locations under the direction of medical professionals.

Did we mention that the training is online and FREE!  

 

OUR HOPE - to create 1 million volunteers through this program.

If you are interested, visit the website to learn more. Join your fellow Rotarians who have already volunteered and together let’s make our communities stronger and better. Thank you.

Rotary Foundation Disaster Response Fund

You may have heard that there is a pandemic going on. World-wide.  And Rotary is responding.
 
Last year, in response to requests from Rotarians, the Trustees of the Rotary Foundation, established the Disaster Response Fund.  This Fund is designed to fund districts’ need as they respond to local disasters.  Districts may apply for a grant of up to $25,000 to use in response to a disaster.  No district match is required; it is a straight out grant.  Currently, the fund is practically depleted because districts around the world have been applying for grant money and TRF has been responding primarily to respond to COVID-19 needs like PPE, masks, test kits and the like, all around the world.
 
Right now there are over 100 district requests for grants in the queue awaiting funding.  District 7390 (that’s us) is one of them.  Grants will be funded as money becomes available.  If $25,000 comes in, it gets applied immediately to a grant request.  Grant requests are handled in the order in which they were submitted.
 
But, as noted above, the fund is out of money. 
 
So now there is a plan.
 
Coming up soon, Rotary International will conduct a telethon in order to raise money for the fund.  It will be held on Saturday, May 2nd, starting at 11:00 a.m.  Details will be published closer to the date.
The Disaster response fund meets a critical need in this time of pandemic. 
 
I encourage you to participate and to make a donation.  If you don’t want to wait until May you can go to https://my.rotary.org/en/donate and make a donation to any of the funds.
 
Speaking of which:
 
The Polio Plus fund is still important.  Polio vaccinations and monitoring have been suspended for now. However, the resources are being redirected to combating COVID-19.  Monitoring, testing, and teaching are going on by the Polio teams, especially in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria.  Once we are though this dark tunnel of COVID-19, Polio vaccinations and monitoring will start up again. Funding of Polio Plus is still important.
The Annual Fund still matters.  It is how we in the district get money back for club projects and global grants. Currently, global grants that are designed specifically for responding to COVID-19 response are on the fast track for approval, usually within three days of receipt at TRF.
 
Things are tough right now.  But we are Rotarians, and we put Service Above Self. And right now we need for you to help support all of our Foundation Funds.

Billboards to Thank Essential Workers

 
District Rotary Leadership fully appreciates that we are in a momentous time---one in which it is imperative to give thanks to so many people for all they are doing to provide service and assistance across our great Rotary District.  
 
Perhaps it was just that thought that triggered asking Harrisburg Rotarian Andy Rebuck to assist with a big thank you to essential workers on ten area billboards.   The locations were selected to greet and thank workers approaching seven hospitals located throughout Harrisburg, York and Lancaster.
 
If you get a chance to drive by one of these billboards we hope it will remind you to also say thanks to those that you know providing service above self.
Lancaster Sunrise Gives to Breakfast Program

Rotary Club of Colonial Park Foundation Awards Scholarship for 2020

 

The Rotary Club of Colonial Park Foundation recently announced the winners of their 2020 scholarship program.  The Foundation awards scholarships to high school seniors in five schools:  Central Dauphin, Central Dauphin East, Dauphin County Technical School, Bishop McDevitt and Harrisburg Christian School.  One hundred and twenty students applied for 18 different scholarships that ranged from $21,000 to $1,000 for a total of $63,000.
 
Rotary Club of Colonial Park Foundation also announced they will be funding three (3) additional initiatives with Harrisburg Area Community College this year:
  1. Rotary Club of Colonial Park Norman P. Hetrick Paramedic Tuition Giveaway:  Students who enroll in the HACC Paramedic Program will be eligible to receive one of seven $1,000 tuition giveaways made possible by the Rotary Club and HACC Foundation.
  • High school seniors or graduate of one of the above schools
  • Current HACC students enrolled in HACC’s noncredit Paramedic Program who are from one of the above schools can also apply
  1. Rotary Club of Colonial Park Norman P. Hetrick Scholarship Award:  This fund will award scholarships for HACC students to use towards their tuition, fees, books and/or program expenses
  • Students must be enrolled at HACC when applying for the scholarship and have graduated from one of the above schools
  • Preference will be given to HACC students who receive an award during the Rotary Club’s scholarship luncheon and are working a full or part-time job
  1. Rotary Club of Colonial Park Fire Training Live Burn Fund:  This fund will provide financial assistance to eligible fire companies to complete live-burn training sessions at HACC. The following fire companies will have the opportunity to participate in a least one eight-hour live-burn training:  Colonial Park Fire Company, Linglestown Fire Company, Paxtonia Fire Company and West Hanover Fire Company
These three initiatives with HACC total $26,200 for 2020 and with the $63,000 in scholarships it brings this year’s total scholarships to $89,200 awarded by the Rotary Club of Colonial Park Foundation.

On-line Meetings

If your Club is holding on-line meetings, please send the meeting information to the District office at office@rotary7390.org. A list of the meetings is published on the District website.  Click here! Enjoy!
Upcoming Events
Grant Committee Meeting
Johns Diner
May 04, 2020
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
 
Youth Exchange 2019-20 Farewell Picnic
Country Club of York
May 31, 2020
 
Grant Committee Meeting
Johns Diner
Jun 01, 2020
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
 
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