• Area I AG, Darrell Hooper and AG Elect Becky Elde deliver much needed funds to four organizations

    May 12, 2020
    This past week Area I AG, Darrell Hooper and AG Elect Becky Elde delivered much needed funds to four organizations in their community of Skagit County. Checks were delivered to Helping Hands Food Bank, Boys & Girls Club of Skagit County, Tri-Parish Food Bank, and Skagit Neighbors In Need.  These organizations are on the frontlines of meeting the needs of essential workers and food insecure families in their community.
    Darrell and Becky represent the Area I Clubs - Burlington Mid-Day Rotary, Rotary Club of Burlington, Mount Vernon Rotary, Sedro-Woolley Rotary, and Skagit Rotary.  Each of the five Clubs put up a $1000.00 to reach the maximum matching $5000.00 grant made available by District 5050 for addressing the impact of COVID-19 to reach a total of $10,000.00.  The Presidents of these Clubs met several times with the two Assistant Governors to discuss the greatest need in their community and without a doubt the long lines at the food banks made this an easy decision.  In addition they learned of the unexpected cost the Boys & Girls Club had with the purchase of expensive and necessary Infrared Thermometers at their locations providing childcare for the children of essential workers.
    Currently Helping Hands Food Bank is meeting the needs of over 11,000 individuals weekly.  Because many of their regular volunteers are of an age and with health compromises that makes them high risk for COVID-19 and not able to help at this time, the task of filling boxes became so over-whelming the National Guard stepped in to fill boxes and distribute.  Tri-Parish Food Bank has doubled in the families they see every Saturday from 250 to almost 500, and Skagit Neighbors in Need has had the same experience of increased demand.  The resources for food has also changed along with the cost so these funds were much appreciated and gladly welcomed!
    We may have to remain appropriately distant for now but staying connected with continued Rotary "DoGoodery" in our community is a priority! We remain People of Action in a changed world.  Thank you District 5050 for making this possible!