PLYMOUTH ROTARY AND THE PLYMOUTH ROTARY FOUNDATION PARTICIPATE IN AN INNOVATIVE COVID
PLYMOUTH ROTARY AND THE PLYMOUTH ROTARY FOUNDATION PARTICIPATE IN AN INNOVATIVE COVID -19 CHARITABLE GIVING EFFORT
A few weeks ago, District Governor John Chambers contacted President Carol and askedif our Club and Foundation would be interested in providing funds, with another Rotary Club and Foundation,to secure matchingdollars from a private foundation. The goal would be to create a $20,000 fund to address support for residents of Detroit and western Wayne County impacted by the pandemic. President Carol brought the issue to the Club Board and also discussed it with Chuck Lang, the FoundationPresident. Both Boards signed on to the effort. President Carol asked Mike Muma to draft a memorandum of understanding that all three entities authorized so the project could move forward.
Our two RotaryClubs and Foundationspartnered with the Pioneer Medical Research Foundation, a Novi based charity that has mostly sponsored medical interventions in India. Pioneer Medical Foundation’s principles are Dr. Nitin Chouthai and his wife Archana. Dr Chouthai is an attending physician at Children’s Hospital in Detroit. Russell Ives, President of the Detorit Rooftree Club represented their club and foundation in this endeavor.
A work group was put inplace that involved President Ives, Priya Iyer for Pioneer and Dale Yagiela representing Plymouth. The work group vetted a number of agencies and looked at a number of approaches to utilize the funding. It was decided that food insecurity and support for utilities and rent should be the priorities for the dollars, with 75% allocated to services for Detorit residents and 25% for the out-County Wayne area.
This was a departure from the initial direction of the project but still within its scope. As the group talked with various folks in this process, it became clear the initial focus on medical personal protective equipment had been met within the city but what was looming was a future crisis in the area of food availability and support for keeping folks in their homes. Most of the subject experts felt that while immediate food needs were now handled, another round of serious shortages would occur in the summer. At the same time, rents and utility bills whose payment was suspended in the depth of the crisis would become due at the same time as well. Our own Collette Bailey and Marie Morrow had raised these concerns at Rotary Club leadership and Board sessions.
The group interviewed representatives of SAY Detroit, a group providing meals to Detroit children as an after-school activity, mentoring and tutoring endeavor that is supported by Mitch Albom. The work group also contacted representatives of Gleaners, which provides food support throughout south eastern Michigan and the Salvation Army.
The work group decided allocate its funding in Detorit to the Salvation Army,Say Detorit and Gleaners, with the majority of funding going to the SalvationArmy for food insecurity and home support. The agreement with the SalvationArmy allocated $5,000 to come back to their Plymouth center for food insecurity and assistance to pay utilities and rent for folks in need in our immediate area. We will have a report at a later date, on the impact of this funding and hear about the projects it supported from representatives of these fine organizations.
ThankYouLetter PALAV TEAM
Detroit - John D. Dingell VAMC
4646 John R
Detroit, MI 48201-1916
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24584 THATCHER DRIVE
NOVI, MI 48375
Dear PALAV TEAM:
On behalf of the Detroit - John D. Dingell VAMC patients and staff, we would like to extend our appreciation to you for your donation of:
200 N-95 MASKS 1000 SURGICAL MASKS
It is through the efforts of community partners like you that allow us to continue the quality care and services that we seek to provide our deserving Veterans. We look forward to the opportunity to work with you again for future events.
Thank you for your continued support.
William R. Browning
William R. Browning Chief, Volunteer and Community Relations