GEK Rotary donates funds for COVID-19 relief
The Rotary Club of Glen Ellen-Kenwood continues to help ameliorate the impacts of COVID-19 on the Sonoma Valley community with recent donations of $3,000 each to Sonoma Overnight Support (SOS), FISH Sonoma, and the Redwood Empire Food Bank.
“The Rotary Club is responding promptly to the ongoing and increasing needs of the community as a result of the COVID virus,” said Kyle Fisher, president of the Rotary Club of Glen Ellen-Kenwood. “At the moment, we are especially focused on the critical areas of food and rent. We are pleased to be working with several nonprofit organizations in the Valley of the Moon area, including SOS, through donations and volunteer activities. We intend to continue our efforts by working with these and other front line organizations as long as the need exists.”
SOS, the valley’s only homeless services program, has received a total of $7,800 from GEK Rotary this year, helping to meet a number of needs, including clothing, sanitation and food. Club members also volunteer each week to prepare and serve meals to SOS clients at the Springs Community Hall at The Grange.
“We are deeply appreciative of the ongoing support we have received from the Rotary Club of Glen Ellen-Kenwood, especially recently when their donations helped us buy a brand new dishwasher and deep clean our winter shelter at Sonoma Alliance Church after six months of use by our 60 homeless clients,” said Kathy King, SOS executive director.
Funds for FISH Sonoma have totaled $4,850 this year, much of it going to help those in need pay for utilities and rent, as well as for food assistance.
The Redwood Empire Food Bank has received $5,500 so far this year. Members of GEK Rotary also volunteer to help the Food Bank hand out food every week at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Kenwood and Jack London Village in Glen Ellen.
Other COVID-19 related funds of GEK-Rotary have gone to the Sonoma Teen Center’s Lovin’ Oven program, which provides daily food support for those in need.
GEK Rotary had to cancel their annual crab feed fundraiser scheduled for the end of March, but has raised $22,000 through a direct appeal and a $10,000 matching grant offered by three of their club members.
For more information on the Rotary Club of Glen Ellen-Kenwood, go to glenellenkenwoodrotary.com.