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Rotary Happenings: Rotary donates to new community COVID fund

By Staff | Apr 14, 2020

Even though all service clubs have suspended meetings until further notice, that doesn’t mean that Rotarians are home sitting still. Recently, Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club members Chet Sadler and Mike Raab initiated a Rotary in Action Support Program that is working with the Rotary Trust Fund board and other club members to raise funds to help those in the Sanibel-Captiva community most affected by the effects of COVID-19.

The club was extremely fortunate to be able to hold its major fundraiser, the Arts & Crafts Festival, before the pandemic started to really impact the local community. Therefore, the club has funds available through its trust fund to make an initial gift of $10,000 to a newly-created relief fund for the community, the Sanibel-Captiva Community COVID Fund. The fund will be administered by F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva to assist island workers and residents who are unemployed or not able to work full time due to COVID-19.

“We are thankful that F.I.S.H. has the mechanism in place to efficiently get funds for rent, utilities and other expenses, in addition to helping with food so there is a way for Rotary to help the San-Cap workers impacted” Raab said. It is another example of Rotary making a difference in the lives of others. To donate, make a check to the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Trust Fund or to F.I.S.H. directly with the words, “Sanibel-Captiva Community COVID Fund” in the memo line.

For information about the club, visit sanibelrotary.org or www.facebook.com/sancaprotary.