Roswell Rotary supports our local charities and organizations throughout the year with volunteers, collection drives and donations.
NFCC Backpack Collection - We collect backpacks and school supplies for children supported through North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC). This organization provides food, clothing and other services to needy families and individuals living below the poverty level in the Roswell/North Fulton community. This year we donated 54 backpacks and club members donated $625 for additional supplies.
NFCC Warm Coat Drive - We provide new and gently used coats through our support of NFCC. This year we collected 85 coats, 5 pairs of gloves, 24 pairs of socks, 10 hats and delivered the coats to NFCC. $495 was donated.
Foster Care Support - As of 2020, over 15,000 children in Georgia are placed in foster care, not including hundreds of thousands of children being raised by thousands of grandparents, relatives, or fictive kin. Foster Care aims to support these children by providing vital, basic needs. Responding to a specific need, Roswell Rotary collected toys for children ages 10 - 17 and young men's clothing. These age groups are often overlooked during the holidays. We delivered 74 toys, 10 bags of new and gently used clothing and collected $300 for the cause.
Blood Drive - Against all odds, in August we hosted a blood drive at Gate City a local brewery owned by a Roswell Rotarian. Filling up in a matter of days, we scheduled a 2nd drive in September.. Forty three three pints of blood were collected. Due to the demand, we have scheduled a 3rd drive Feb. 26th and 4th on March 2nd. We are challenging the Alpharetta Rotary Club to beat us in donations.
Mask and hand sanitizer distribution - Thanks to the efforts of the Emory Clifton Rotary Club , we received 20,000 disposable and KN95 masks and over 1000 bottles of hand sanitizer. FODAC delivered the boxes and by Monday Jan. 18th the packages were sorted and out the door to fourteen local charities.
Yesterday Nancy Diamond representing the Rotary Club of Roswell Georgia delivered a case of KN95 masks and a case of hand sanitizer, made possible through the generosity of the Friends Of Disabled Adults and Children organization, to the Chattahoochee Nature Center.
I wanted to personally thank you and the entire team at FODAC for this incredible gift that will help our staff, volunteers and visitors during the devastating COVID pandemic.
Thank you for all you do to support our community and helping to make it a better place for everyone.
Chattahoochee Nature Center
Rivers Alive -was held on September 19. The event, cohosted by Keep Roswell Beautiful and the City of Roswell, is part of a statewide campaign to clean and preserve Georgia's 70,100 miles of rivers and streams. Rowell Rotary along with small groups of volunteers dispersed across the City to pick up litter along local trails, parks, and waterways, remove privet (an invasive plant species), and mark storm drains in surrounding neighborhoods. This year cleanup sites included Riverside Park, Waller Park, Don White Memorial Park, Seven Branches, and sections of Big Creek. Twenty four Rotarians devoted their morning to help keep our rivers clean. We picked up over 300 pounds of trash from the rivers banks and trails.
Blessings In A Backpack - Blessings in a Backpack mobilizes communities, individuals and resources to provide food on the weekends for elementary school children across America who might otherwise go hungry. $100 feeds one child on the weekends for one 38 week school year through the Blessings in a Backpack program. Poor nutrition can result in a weaker immune system, increased hospitalization, lower IQ, shorter attention spans and lower academic achievement. Children are fed during the school week by federal government programs, but Blessings In A Backpack want to ensure they receive nutritional meals over the weekend. Roswell Rotary donated $2500 to the cause. On January 24th we packed 100 backpacks filled with nutritional food.