Rotary raises money to help local nonprofits

The Rotary Club of Salem this week provided ample evidence of the philanthropic importance of service clubs to local nonprofit organizations.rotarty logo

Renee Campbell, 2011-2012 club president, and Holly Berry, club secretary, brought the 20th annual Gold Star Report to the club Wednesday. “We are the club that changes lives,” Holly told the members.

During the year that ended last summer, the club raised more than $246,000. Among the specific fundraisers:

  • Marion Polk Food Share received 88,246 pounds of food and $91,598 in cash through the Rotary Food Drive, run by all Rotary clubs in Salem-Keizer.
  • $7,278 went to the Salvation Army from gifts in kettles served by members of the club during the holidays 2011.
  • The Willamette Heritage Center received $12,000 to fund a new speaker system in the Spinning Room at Mission Mill.
  • Club members provided gifts valued at $8,802 and gave $1,020 to buy more gifts for patients at the Oregon State Hospital last December.
  • Salem Rotary Foundation awarded checks to Habitat for Humanity, Kroc Center, Salem Art Association, Youth Literacy Coalition, Start Making a Reader Today (SMART), South Salem High School, Mid-Valley Women’s Crisis Service, Salem Soap Box Derby, St. Francis Shelter, Girl Scouts, YWCA and Chemeketa Community College Foundation.
  • The GoodWorks Committee mounted a fundraising campaign and raised $60,018 for a Habitat for Humanity vocational program.

The club and other Rotary clubs in Salem-Keizer, Portland, Seaside, Lake Oswego, Tualatin and Beaverton also contributed to World Community Service projects in India, Indonesia, Lebanon, Costa Rica and Uganda.

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