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1½ years of your life up in smoke...

Imagine the despair shuffling through the ashes of the home you just finished building by hand. Last year’s Colorado wildfires burned 1,000 square miles and destroyed over 1,000 homes, businesses, and other structures. Some volunteers fought the fires while their own homes burned. 4,000 people are displaced long-term. Even the Grand Lake cemetery is closed until it can be restored.
What's needed now is cash for additional trails restoration, as well as volunteers for summer restoration projects in Grand County.  The district website has details.
Rotary quickly raised $40,000 for recovery and has devoted 200 hours so far to helping, with much more to come. We’re guided by the local Rotary clubs who best know the needs.

Hudson is hospitalized for a while...

His kyphoscoliosis causes a curvature of the spine. The headgear is part of his medical treatment, but the superhero cape is part of his being a kid. It came with his Bag of Fun.
Families with a child stuck in the hospital need joy, laughter and relief. Play helps cope with the stress and maintain a sense of normalcy. Bags of Fun began as a mother’s wish to offer a respite for her daughter fighting brain cancer. Since then, over 10,000 families have experienced happiness like Hudson’s.
Rotary provides funding and volunteer support for Bags of Fun. Never underestimate the power of a superhero cape.

A miraculous story...

Mary was volunteering that day at Cross Purpose, a non-profit career and leadership program for people experiencing hard times. The young man next to her leaned over and began singing a nursery rhyme... "Frere Jacques"... but with different words. "There are seven, there are seven, continents, continents". The song was made up years ago by Mary's students at the juvenile detention facility where she taught. The young man, one of her former students, had grown up with gangs and violence, living on the streets, selling and using drugs. He went on to adult jail, and Mary says it’s a miracle he made it out of the system. It was an emotional reunion.
Cross Purpose's free-tuition program helps lift people out of poverty. Most applicants are earning under $190/month. They get up to a $200/month stipend, learn personal and professional skills, complete a certification, and receive placement help until they find a job. Graduates average $1,700/month to start, and all are off government assistance. Mary's young man is now enjoying a productive life.
Rotarians help fund Cross Purpose and volunteer as mentors, trainers, mock interviewers, and more.

These are just three of more than 200,000 Rotary service projects worldwide in 2020.

1.2 million Rotarians devoted 47 million hours of volunteer time, and we backed it with significant funding. For instance, since 1979 we’ve contributed $2.1 billion to protect nearly 3 billion children from polio. Rotary has earned Charity Navigator’s top rating for 11 straight years, placing it in the top 1% of US charities. Colorado’s 130 clubs and 5,000 members will make sure your contribution is put to good use. 

Your donation goes where it’s needed most.

Rotary isn’t limited to a single cause and can adapt to changing needs. We know our communities and can respond quickly and effectively. And efficiently… after 1% for expenses and a typical 4% credit card processing fee, 95% of your donation goes directly to helping people in need.


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