2 Ways to help Lake County Fire Victims!
1. If you want to make sure your cash donations get to those most in need, the best way I know is to send your tax-deductible donation to a collective of Lake County Rotary Clubs who have organized themselves to fund raise, volunteer and cooperate with other orgs to help those devastated by the Valley, Jerusalem and Rocky Fires -- and now the Clayton Fire. http://www.larca5130.org/
The LARCA Fire Relief Fund has helped raise over $771,000 as of May 15, 2016.
As a proud member of the Rotary Club of Mission San Rafael, I can attest first-hand how well your funds will be used. Rotarians are all volunteers and have virtually no overhead, so almost all of the money raised will go directly to those in need!!
2. For those who want to donate actual items, a truck is leaving Saturday, September 10th at PIER 15 RESTAURANT & BAR (address below)
Things the victims of the Lake County Fire Need:
Blankets, Tents, Cots, Tarps, Portable Showers, Sheets, Towels, Baby Items, Drinks with Electrolites, Gatoraid, Non-Perishable Foods & Canned Goods, Work Gloves, Hats, Sun Screen, New Underwear, Socks, Toiletries, Feminine Products, Camping Gear, Tools, Cooking Utensils, Pet Food, Pet Crates, Pet Litter, Outdoor Furniture, Board Games, Books, Art Supplies for kids, Bikes, Scooters, School Supplies, Back Packs, Duffle Bags... but No Clothing at this time.
PIER 15 RESTAURANT (Ferol Orsi and Theresa Benecchi)
15 Harbor Street
San Rafael, CA 94901
Hours: Monday - Friday 10 - 9, Sat/Sun 9 - 9
Lite Home Maintenance for San Rafael Seniors & People with Disabilities
Rotary Home Team Work Day
Saturday, September 24, 2016
(approx 9 a.m. - noon)
While at the Marin County courthouse, they had an impromptu civic lesson from Otis Bruce, a Marin County Assistant District Attorney.
The morning ends with awards and prizes as well as lunch at San Rafael Joes for the kids and their teachers. Each year, their positive feedback reminds us how valuable it is for young people to see models of entrepreneurship.
Many Rotarians and friends of Rotary bring their young family members who do a terrific job setting up the room, serving the meal and cleaning up afterwards. Some of the seniors come on their own and others bring family members with them to enjoy a completely home-cooked meal cooked by staff of Fresh Starts Culinary Academy of the Homeward Bound organization of Marin. For more information, see https://hbofm.org/about-
Our Club is proud to be supporting someone so deserving, hard-working and successful!!
Member Melissa Prandi does her share to help local women's shelter
Marin group for domestic violence victims seeks help to expand shelter
A San Rafael-based nonprofit seeking to add more beds to its shelter for domestic abuse victims is reaching out for community support.
The Center for Domestic Peace is hoping to raise $185,000 by Sept. 30 with its online fundraiser aimed at expanding services.
“Our vision here is people are giving to the concept of what our work represents,” said Donna Garske, executive director. “They’re expanding opportunities for people to be part of increasing safety and well-being for families that are in imminent danger of domestic violence.”
The organization was able to increase its bed space from 16 to 20 three years ago. But a never-ending waiting list of those hoping for help prompted the group to expand, said Marla Hedlund, the center’s development and community relations officer.
“We have seen requests increase since 2008 in housing not only in Marin, but we get a majority of calls outside the county looking for shelter,” Hedlund said.
The nearly 30-day crowdfunding campaign launched this week would enable the group to convert its residence shelter — in an undisclosed location in Marin — into a three-bedroom facility that would offer 10 additional beds.
The funds also would provide a studio space for hotline and advocacy staff, Hedlund said.
Rotary is an organization of business people who volunteer their time, talents, friendship, and funds to better the community they live in through their local Rotary Club, and to better the rest of the world through Rotary International. For example, Rotary International is the prime force in the effort to eradicate polio worldwide. As an organization Rotary has over 1.3 million members worldwide.
Each Rotary club has a personality and Mission San Rafael Club boasts a ‘renowned’ Kazoo Band, the development of Rotary Island, and, capping it off, origination of Project Tooth Fairy.
Join us for lunch and see what Rotary at Mission San Rafael is like. We serve with fun. Our luncheon meetings feature speakers from the community on topics of interest to all who live here.
If you have questions contact the Club President.