“Rotary Connects the World”

We hope you and your families are safe and healthy as we continue to deal with this pandemic. And while we've suspended out in-person meetings through May 4, we are remain active in our community. 

As Rotarians, we’re always wondering what we can do to help others. 

Here's what we're doing at the global, district and local community levels:

What we’re doing:
At the local level:
We were able to gift Abington and Whitman Food Pantries with checks for $2,000 each earlier this month in response to increased need. A lot of people will be depending upon the pantries for assistance during these difficult times. The pantry representatives have assure us they can make every dollar go a long way through purchases from the Boston Food Bank and other sources, so our contributions will help greatly to keep food on the table for as many as possible. 

We also sent lunch to Abington police and fire departments in April.  Pizza and salad were delivered to both departments to cover their various shifts. In this way, we are able to support local restaurant owners, and our first responders.

We plan to do it again within the next couple of weeks. Thanks to our first responders, and to you for all for your generous donations to the cause. 

At the District level: The Rotary Foundation has put $3 million into its Disaster Response Fund specific to the pandemic. The 2020 theme of “Rotary Connects the World” has never been more meaningful than now. Rotary members across the world are making donations to assist in underwriting COVID 19 assistance funding. The Foundation has distributed an appeal for personal donations to maintain and increase the fund. Rotary International is a world wide organization and virtually every Club community in the world has been affected. Our New England District has funneled its own funds into the pool to assist local clubs’ relief initiatives. Abington Rotary Club was approved for a small grant, and a few generous individual donors matched the amount we received from the District. 

At he South Shore level: The leadership of the South Shore council is encouraging people to give blood. Anyone who donates is helping to save lives. To find out how you can donate blood to the Red Cross in a way that follows the safety protocols for social distancing or to make an appointment: visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1 (800) 733-2767. 

In cooperation with the South Shore district, we’re also accepting donations for the new District 7950 Domestic Disaster Aid USA Trailer. Ask us how you can support The Disaster Response Committee. 

And as always, if we can be of assistance to you, reach out to us: abingtonrotaryclub@gmail.com