Areas of Focus: Maternal and child health, Basic education and literacy
Health: Volunteer Services
Summary: Provide Back Packs and Duffle Bags to foster children and other services to Alaska Foster families throughout the state
Rotary Cares for Kids (RC4K) is a 5010 District Wide Service Project which is in its third year of providing backpacks and duffle bags and other services for foster children and other disadvantaged children in Alaska. To date over 1000 duffle bags and 500 backpacks have been distributed. Rotarians are involved in packing the back packs with toiletries and comfort items and coordinating the distribution. RC4K has also functioned as a clearing house for projects that benefitted foster/disadvantaged kids that are initiated by the District steering committee but worked best by local clubs. These latter projects have included distributing gift cards; building fences (3) for foster families that don't have the capability to build them; organizing Christmas parties. One of the unique aspects of this project it is District wide and involves all 38 clubs in 5010. Because of the highly successful record of RC4K, the steering committee wants to take advantage of the contacts we have developed and the synergistic power of the local clubs to expand the mission of the committee. Using the branding of "Rotary Cares for Kids" we now want to reach out to all of the clubs in the District and ensure they are aware of local needs precipitated by Covid 19. Thus with funding provided by this DDF Grant, local clubs throughout the District can quickly respond to emergent needs and solutions that would (1) benefit the local community, (2) involve children who have or will be adversely affected if not done and (3) the situation was created by the pain and suffering of the Covid 19 pandemic. The project is an extension of a three year program which has been financed by District Grants, club support, and excess District reserves. Club members throughout the District will be responsible for the execution of the local aspects of the projects. The money will be spent in the target Rotary year but the project will continue indefinitely
This project is "Approved". This means that the district leadership has reviewed and approved the allocation of district funds for this project. Once the funds from the district have been issued, the status of the project will be changed to "Paid".