Engage Rotary of Fort Collins

Club members have many opportunities for humanitarian service. Service programs address such concerns as health care, hunger, poverty, illiteracy, and the environment. Rotarians experience the fulfillment that comes from giving back to the community. Here are a few of the local programs the Rotary Club of Fort Collins have been involved in:

 

On Thursday, September 16th, we volunteered at the Poudre High School Mobile Pantry. The Food Bank is hosting pop-up mobile food pantries throughout Larimer County. Anyone in need of food is welcome to attend. The pantries are “drive-through” where clients can receive a variety of pre-selected food items. We served over 108 families on Thursday.
On July 10th, 2021, early in the morning, our newest Rotary members, some current Rotarians and guests did litter and trash pickup at the Rotary Park picnic area and hiking trail along the ridge on the east side of Horsetooth Reservoir. Thanks to all for participating and especially thanks to Colin! 
 
 
 
The Community Service Committee is planning a food drive for the Larimer County Food Bank from February 5th - 15th.  Committee members will be dropping off bags on Feb 3rd & 4th with a list of needed items so members can fill the bag and put back on their porch for pickup by 10am on Tuesday February 16th.  Committee members will be around that day for pickup.
 
There will also be additional lists in the bag to distribute to friends and neighbors asking them to participate, if possible, and to return to the members porch for pick up.
 
On Wednesday, February 17th at 5:30 pm, there will be an event at SpeedPro to sort the items for delivery to the Food Bank.  An Eventbrite signup will be sent out on the 4th - limited participation is 20 members due to Covid restrictions.
 
Twenty-five students in need, identified by their teachers, were awarded quality boots & coats provided at a deeply discounted price by JAX Outdoor Gear. There are several positive impacts to the students: they will stay warm & dry in inclement weather; can participate in outdoor activities; and enjoy increased self-esteem due to the quality of the coats & boots provided. COVID protocols did not allow for Rotarian participation in distributing the gear, but a local Rotarian was able to help select hats & gloves to add for those in need.  The Rotary Club of Fort Collins had applied for and received a District Governors Matching Grant of $1,000 to support the Clubs $500 commitment for the local Boots & Coats program in November.
Rotary Club of Fort Collins purchased and collected toiletry items for Homeward Alliance to distribute at their next Family Resource Fair.  This week, we filled 200 bags! We had 12 people and were able to spread out on 4 large work stations. Toiletry items are especially needed because these items are not eligible for food stamp redemption nor are they regularly donated to the Food Bank.  Kathy Nicol led the project effort and many Rotarians were involved in donating products/funds and packing the bags, truly a team effort.  Great work team.