Rotary Club lends helping hand to area service groups
by W. Brian Hale
Nov 28, 2010 | 1329 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Rotary Club recently conducted a service project to assist the Walker County Homeless Coalition in organizing clothing donations taken in by the Coalition.

Over a two day period, Rotarians cleaned, organized and cataloged donations at a storage facility the Coalition maintains to help reduce the need for Coalition workers and volunteers to sort the items out.

“We approached the Coalition’s director, Chris Sherer and asked him how we could help,” Rotarian Torrie Grelle said. “We told him that we as an organization are trying to do more hands-on projects, instead of just giving money. We really want a difference in our community this year and we felt helping the Coalition out would be a great way to do so. Chris told us he had a storage facility that was packed full of donations and that he needed it organized, so that one someone were to come to him and say they needed a certain type of item, he would know what he has and could get it to the person as quickly as possible.”

“We went to the facility and pulled everything out, then inventoried it and once it was organized, we put it back in the facility. It was a great effort by our members of Rotary to do something good for an organization that helps so many people out.”

Members of the Walker County High School Interact Club — Rotary’s group for 12 to 18 year olds, also assisted the Rotary Club in the project.

Sherer, in commenting on the Rotary’s assistance with organizing the donations, feels it will be a tremendous help to the coalition during the holiday season.

“This is a very big time for us every year as we enter the holiday season,” Sherer said. “We had boxes and bags of food, clothing and other items that we didn't have a clue of what was there. Rotary came in organize all of that and that was something I didn't ask them to do — they came to us. Our staff is comprised of one full time worker, a part time worker and one volunteer, so that limits in time to be able to allocate the time for this type of organizing. The Rotary's assistance really helped us and we couldn't be more grateful.”

Rotarians also contributed in another service project in October, assisting the Missions Unlimited Group in the assembly of wheelchair accessories. Rotarians cut pieces of foam for the seats of the wheelchairs, as well as cutting wood that would be shipped off for further assembly in Haiti. During the project, rotary members cut foam for over 600 wheelchair seats.

According to Rotary president Holly Trawick, the service projects strengthen Rotary International’s motto of “Service Above Self”.

“We are trying very hard this year to live by that motto and make a difference in Walker County,” Trawick said. “I believe we'll be able to continue this momentum and help more people and organizations that need our assistance.”

The Rotary Club’s service project for December will be ringing the bells for the Salvation Army. Anyone interested in participating with the Rotary can call 310-3189.