Service Above Self: Local Rotary Club Assists Disaster Survivors a World Away

The Arcola Sunrise Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to benefit ShelterBox USA, a humanitarian relief charity that assists survivors of disasters and humanitarian crises around the globe.

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Gary Olsen, left, ShelterBox USA Board of Directors, Olsen and Associates in Champaign, with Winnie Stortzum, Larry Howell and Mac Boyd, representing the Arcola Sunrise Rotary Club

The members of more than 33,000 Rotary Clubs around the world place value in service above self...We have a commitment to helping others in need.

Champaign/Arcola, Ill. (PRWEB) July 10, 2014

The Arcola Sunrise Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to benefit ShelterBox USA, a humanitarian relief charity that assists survivors of disasters and humanitarian crises around the globe.

“The members of more than 33,000 Rotary Clubs around the world place value in service above self,” said Bill Wagoner, president of the Arcola Sunrise Rotary Club. “We have a commitment to helping others in need.”

ShelterBox provides humanitarian aid—emergency shelter and other supplies, such as water filters, stoves, and blankets, among other tools to help families rebuild their lives after losing their homes and possessions following a disaster such as earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict.

The club’s $1,000 donation will support a ShelterBox containing a relief tent and other supplies to help a family displaced by a disaster or other crisis.

ShelterBox continues to respond to the Syrian refugee crisis, conflict in Iraq, flooding in Bosnia and Serbia, and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. For the latest on ShelterBox deployments, visit http://www.shelterboxusa.org/news.

“You never know when the next disaster might strike,” said Emily Sperling, president of ShelterBox USA. “With generous donations such as this one from the Arcola Sunrise Rotary Club, we can continue our mission of providing shelter, warmth and dignity to disaster survivors around the world.”

To assist ShelterBox in providing relief to families in need, visit http://www.shelterboxusa.org or contact your local Rotary member or Bill Wagoner, president of the Arcola Sunrise Rotary Club at bwagoner95(at)yahoo(dot)com.

About Rotary: The Arcola Sunrise Rotary Club is one of 34,000 Rotary clubs around the world. They are service organizations that exist to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Learn more at http://www.rotary.org.

About ShelterBox USA: Since 2000, ShelterBox has provided humanitarian aid—emergency tented shelter and other supplies, such as stoves, blankets and water filtration systems, among other tools to help families rebuild their lives after losing their homes and possessions following a disaster such as earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict. Each iconic green ShelterBox contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, stove, blankets and water filtration system, among other tools for survival. ShelterBox’s American affiliate, ShelterBox USA, is headquartered in Sarasota, Florida. Individual tax-deductible donations to ShelterBox USA can be made at http://www.shelterboxusa.org/donate or by calling 941-907-6036.


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