Hurricane Relief Information
FLORIDA RELIEF DONATION INFORMATION:
Help for southern Florida and Puerto Rico is being coordinated by Rotary District 6690. So far, the Downtown Ft. Lauderdale, Key West and Marathon clubs have led the relief efforts for Irma. Several other clubs, including Weston, North Dade, Boca Raton West and Miramar-Pines, assisted greatly in collection efforts. Special thanks also to the Swansboro NC club, District 7730, for driving a full trailer of supplies all the way down to Marathon. In a very short time frame, they coordinated the collection of enough relief supplies to fill several 53’ trailers (as well as a WWII-vintage DC-3 cargo plane!), and delivered those supplies to the distribution centers set up by Rotarians in Big Pine and Key West. Those supplies were delivered last Monday, less than 7 days after Irma wreaked her havoc.
District Governor Alan Kohn urges Rotarians to consider making contributions to the Robbins Fund for this purpose. The Robbins Fund is a 501c3 organization which was established in our district in the late 1980’s and was specifically created to deal with disaster relief efforts. If you would like additional information about the Robbins Fund, please call me or our district treasurer, Scott Shulman. Donations to the Robbins Fund may be sent by Scott c/o Lundy, Shacter, Shulman & Kaplan, 400 N. Pine Island Rd. Suite 300, Plantation, FL 33324.
See the bottom of this page for ways to donate to four Rotary Donor Advisory Funds for Florida, Puerto Rico, Mexico and the Bahamas.
Hurricane Harvey has had and continues to have a devastating affect on Texas, Louisiana and the Gulf Coast. Many Rotarians are affected by this disaster and even more Rotarians are looking to contribute treasure, time and talent to helping all of the people affected by Harvey.
What is needed now more than anything are monetary donations. Our experiences during the Sevier County Wildfires last year proved that to be true. There are several ways to donate directly to Rotary clubs' foundations much like happened last year for us through the Rotary Club of Oak Ridge's Foundation. The benefit is that the money stays local and is used for
the greater good of the victims involved.
The state of Texas is very large and has 10 Districts. The two cities we have heard from most are Rockport, TX, where the hurricane made landfall and Houston, TX, where there is a very large population being affected by flooding and damage.
Rockport Rotary has a Club Foundation and their District # is 5930. The link for donations is: http://www.rockportrotary.com/
The address for mailing a check is:
Rockport Rotary Club Foundation
PO Box 66
Rockport, TX 78381
Houston has some 60 Rotary Clubs in the Greater Houston Area and it would be difficult to single out 1 Club. Their district is accepting donations on their website.
Here are other good ways to donate:
1. District 6200 DG Martha Collins and District 6200 Foundation Chair PDG Mike Collins have agreed to help Rotarians and like-minded benefactors with their donations toward hurricane victims. Mike and Martha are in the process of assembling a representative advisory board to determine use of funds. This board, to include Directors and representatives from Texas and Louisiana, will ensure that funds will be used in credible ways to assist those in the disaster areas including Texas and Louisiana. The proven method of disbursement of the funds used successfully following Hurricane Katrina will be employed by this board as well. The administrative costs will be minimal.
Make checks payable to The Rotary District 6200 Foundation with Hurricane Harvey Relief in the memo line. Please designate if you want these funds just for Texas, just for Louisiana or “all affected area.”
Send checks to:
Rotary District 6200
2266 South College Road Ext., Suite C
Lafayette, Louisiana 70508
District 6200 Foundation for Hurricane Relief for Harvey does accept credit cards as noted below:
Go to our website: www.rotary6200.org scroll down to donate, and you can donate by credit, debit, or PayPal. If you use PayPal, you can specify all areas (or state) that you would like your funds to go [add special instructions to the seller]. Credit/debit card users can always email district administrator, Frank Bradshaw (email@example.com) with specific directions as to how the money can be used.
Below is an email from the Zones 21b-27 Disaster Chair of our adjacent Zone outlining the ongoing efforts in the Texas districts. We will keep you apprised of ongoing needs. Thank you for your financial and moral support to our colleagues in Texas2.Rotary International has established a Donor Advisory Fund (DAF) to provide funds to the affected areas. “The power of Rotary is in the Foundation's ability to pull help from around the world while local clubs provide immediate relief in their own communities,” says Don Mebus of the Rotary Club of Arlington, Texas. Here is the LINK to donate to the DAF. There is more information about the DAF on the linked page.
2. Rotary International has established a Donor Advisory Fund (DAF) to provide funds to the affected areas. “The power of Rotary is in the Foundation's ability to pull help from around the world while local clubs provide immediate relief in their own communities,” says Don Mebus of the Rotary Club of Arlington, Texas. Here is the LINK to donate to the DAF. There is more information about the DAF on the linked page.
The Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund (DAF) account within The Rotary Foundation has been established to streamline the flow of contributions from Rotarians looking to assist hurricane victims. The fund will be directed by the account-advisers listed below.
The account-advisers will work with local Rotary clubs and districts, as well as relief agencies, to address the needs of people in affected areas. Account-advisers may make grant recommendations for projects providing longer-term support and recovery(e.g. funding for Rotary Foundation Global Grant projects).
The Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund Account-Advisors
Greg Podd, Past Director, Rotary International
Barry Rassin, President Elect, Rotary International
Again, information on how to donate is at this LINK for the Donor Advisory Fund.
How to contribute:
Four Rotary Foundation donor advised funds have been set up to accept donations for hurricane and earthquake victims.
Account name: Puerto Rico Recovery
Account number: 614
Account name: Mexico Earthquake Recovery Fund
Account number: 613
Account name: Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund
Account number: 608
Hurricanes Irma and Maria
Account name: Hurricane Emergency Relief Fund
Account number: 296
You can contribute by check or wire transfer or online with a credit card. You'll need to provide the DAF account name and number listed above. When contributing via credit card, please check the address box to share your address with Rotary.
Learn how you can contribute at this LINK for Rotary Donor Advisory Funds.