Posted by Beverly Harrington on Dec 01, 2021
Flood Response
Sumas Flooding 
 
As People of Action, Rotarians reach out…
 
 
Many of our communities and fellow Rotarians have been severely impacted by the recent flooding. Offers of help are being received from Rotary Clubs and other Districts. Governments and first responders immediately addressed short-term needs such as evacuations and emergency shelter. It may be some time before we know the extent of relief and recovery assistance needed and how we can best help.
 
The Rotary Foundation provides Rotary Disaster Response Grants and we are preparing to submit a grant application. It requires a list of the type of activity to be undertaken (economic development, education, food/agriculture, health, housing, hygiene, infrastructure, water, other), activity description, location, and the amount in US dollars. For example, if a school library has been flooded, providing volunteers to clean, paint, and restock the shelves would fall under education. A hygiene activity might involve distributing hygiene kits from items donated or purchased.
 
Assistant Governor Board Director Allan Asaph is coordinating the requests for assistance made by Rotary and Rotaract Clubs through their Area Assistant Governor. District TRF Director Malcolm Kennedy has agreed to write the grant once the needs are known. Regular updates will be provided by District Communications Director Dave Duskin.
 
The Burlington Rotary Foundation (PO Box 175, Burlington, WA 98233) and the Rotary Club of White Rock Charitable Society (PO Box 75005, White Rock, BC Canada V4A 0B1) are prepared to accept donations that will be used 100% for flood relief throughout District 5050. Please note “Flood Relief” on your check.
 
Please take care, as we take care of others.