The mission of the Denver Rotary Club Foundation is to jointly participate with the Denver Rotary Club and make a positive impact in our community through the grants we make each year. Our grant funds are made possible through our Club fundraisers such as the peach sale, cash contributions from our Club 31 members, Red Bucket proceeds, Colorado Gives Day donations, earnings from our investment account, and our major fundraiser that we look forward to bring back this year. Our grants emphasize our commitment to the importance and value of youth and education, disaster relief efforts, and international projects.
In 2020 we had two COVID-19 Disaster Relief initiatives. The first one was in May 2020 whereby we combined the financial resources of the Denver Rotary Club, District 5450 and cash donations by Club 31 Members. The result of that first effort was a total of $24,875 going to nonprofit organizations involved in helping people directly affected by the COVID-19 virus.
Thank you to Sid Brooks our Vice President and President Elect of the Denver Rotary Club Foundation for introducing the idea for a second COVID-19 relief effort. The result of this idea was that your Denver Rotary Club Foundation Trustees recently approved $5,000 in a combined Disaster Relief Funding program whereby $2,500 was allocated to COVID-19 relief and $2,500 went to District 5450 to help with the aftermath of the devastation caused by the Colorado Wildfires that we experienced over the summer and fall last year.
We are pleased to report that the recipients of these grant funds are:
|Food Bank of the Rockies||$825|
|CU Foundation – Health Care Worker Emergency Fund||$850|
|District 5450 Colorado Wildfire Disaster Relief||$2,500|
One of the goals of Club President Debbie is to increase our Club’s participation with District 5450 and this helps to accomplish that goal through the Wildfire Disaster Relief funding. It’s also important to add that we are aware of one Club 31 member who, in December 2020, personally donated $1,000 to some of our COVID-19 recipients. This is all made possible by the generosity of our members who support the Denver Rotary Club Foundation and our mission. We continue to make a positive impact in the lives of people. Thank you, Denver Club 31 Rotarians for your continued support to those in our community.
A big thank you also goes to your DRCF President Carter Sales who not only lead our Disaster Relief efforts from our 2019-20 Rotary year – where we granted nearly $25,000 for immediate COVID-19 relief to 10 worthy organizations – but he also stepped up once again to lead our second relief effort this year. Thank you, Carter for your dedication and service to our Foundation and those in our community.