Posted on Apr 15, 2020
Rotary is founded to help fill community needs by members of the community.  When a crisis, such as Covid-19 occurs, Rotary Clubs usually find a way to help out however we can.  One of the biggest needs to be filled these days is protective face masks.
Our Rotary Club got together to do our part.  We made 80 fashionable, reusable cloth face masks from spare fabric and donated them to Centerville Free Dining Room who feeds the hungry and homeless.  Dining Room staff distributed them to diners when they picked up their regular take-out meals last week. This was a simple and practical gift to diners who otherwise would not have a durable face mask.  More importantly, was a gesture to show that someone really cares about them.  But we did not stop there.
We partnered in a joint effort with the other Rotary Clubs in Fremont, Newark and Union City to distribute about 16,500 disposable masks that were supplied by Fremont Rotary Club using grant funds.  Fremont Morning Rotary alone distributed 1,000 masks for use by front-line staff, volunteers, and clients of community organizations including Abode - Sunrise Village shelter, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Life ElderCare - Meals on Wheels, iMotion Rehab Center, Centerville Free Dining Room and Warm Springs Post Office.  We trust that we did what Rotary does best, respond to a need.