Rotary Club of Boardman Donates Backpacks to Making Kids Count

Rotary Club of Boardman Donates Backpacks to Making Kids Count

by | Sep 15, 2022 | Community, Education, Kids, News, Philanthropy | 0 comments

The Rotary Club of Boardman packed 120 backpacks with school supplies and have donated them to Making Kids Count.

The backpacks and supplies will be passed out by Making Kids Count to students who have a need.  Each backpack contains paper, notebooks, a water bottle, markers, crayons, pencils, a pencil sharpener, highlighters, scissors, glue sticks and a pencil case.

The Boardman Rotary Club was established on July 25, 1955. From its original 25 members, the club has grown to nearly 90 professionals and business leaders from throughout the Mahoning Valley who meet Tuesdays at noon in the Lariccia Family Community Center at Boardman Park.

The gauntlet of Parenthood

The Boardman Rotary Club is part of Rotary International, a humanitarian service organization of more than 1.2 million members. Strong fellowship among Rotarians and meaningful community and international service projects characterize Rotary worldwide.  Rotarians have continually adapted and improved the way they respond to those needs, taking on a broad range of service projects. The most successful and sustainable Rotary service tends to fall within one of the following six areas:

  • Peace and conflict prevention/resolution,
  • Disease prevention and treatment,
  • Water and sanitation,
  • Maternal and child health,
  • Basic education and literacy,
  • Economic and community development.

The eradication of polio is the most ambitious and successful initiative Rotary has undertaken.  For 35 years, Rotary has provided over $1 Billion U.S. Dollars, with thousands of Rotarians around the world volunteering during National Immunization Days to immunize children. Currently polio is endemic only in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria, which is an amazing testament to the power of Rotary International.  But polio is always one plane trip away, and there is still a need for immunizations.

The Boardman Rotary Club conducts two major fundraisers throughout the year—the Oktoberfest in Boardman Park, and an annual Pancake Breakfast. All of funds raised from these events are used for service projects.

As a result of these fundraising efforts, Boardman Rotary provided nearly $45,000 in financial support to local organizations and over $10,000 in financial support to international projects in 2021. This year the club’s donations and community support are tracking even higher.  Over the last 10 years, Boardman Rotary has donated approximately $500,000 to local and international projects.

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Club members like to not only provide financial support but also participate in hands-on community projects such as providing children with winter coats, distributing dictionaries in elementary schools, sponsoring blood drives, ringing the bell for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign, and cooking and serving meals to the homeless, as well as countless others.

This article was republished with the permission of the Boardman News.

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