by Mike Corwin

The 3,300 Rotary members in the 66 central and southern Oregon as well as northernmost California clubs have raised more than $312,000 and invested thousands of volunteer hours to meet the hunger, safety and economic impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic.

From producing and distributing masks and hand sanitizer to leveraging a Rotary grant more than ten times over, Rotary clubs are feeding and equipping the tireless medical community and first responders, assisting food banks, providing support for challenged businesses, school districts and senior centers.

The comprehensive list of projects funded and delivered to communities throughout the District (and in your coverage areas) is attached to this press release along with related photographs of Rotary volunteer service in action. Additional information and local photos are available through Rotary District Public Image Director Judy Corwin at or at

 The extensive list of service efforts already completed and continuing in the region is indicative of Rotary International’s service mantra conquering global, national, regional and local humanitarian challenges for more than 115 years. Much like its decades-long dedication to the world-wide eradication of polio, the pursuit of those 2020 projects has never been easier as Rotary has been at the forefront of service throughout this latest crisis.

The current leadership of Rotary District 5110 Governor Rick Olson of Eugene and Governor-Elect Cindi O’Neil of Bend have gathered the collective list of Rotary goodwill in the area and couldn’t be prouder of the effort.

Olson, summarizing the work, said, “We applied for a Disaster Relief Grant from the Rotary International World Fund. Upon receiving the $25,000, our District leadership team developed an equitable way to spread the grant assistance. We were not surprised that our clubs stepped it up to leverage the amount optimized District-wide to well more than $300,000. Our primary beneficiary focus was the homeless, unemployed or homebound. Just this last week most of the goods were purchased and delivered to communities most in need of assistance.”

O’Neil said, “Clubs from all around our District, in just days, began adjusting their service activities around filling local needs based on the pandemic effects. We know about the financial hardships facing small business in our local communities. Thus, grant and local funds in some cases, sourced food relief through local restaurants or private produce suppliers to increase the positive impact. We are overwhelmed with gratitude for the creativity, hard work, financial generosity, and the continued endurance that our Rotary leaders and members have shown during the COVID crisis. It’s just what Rotary does.

Rotary Disaster Relief Response Across District 5110

Total Estimated Relief Response Assistance:  $ 312,065

(PDF version attached here)


Rotary Disaster Relief Response By Rotary Regions In Oregon (Counties)

 Lane Co:  Disaster Relief Assistance:  $157,977                

Rotary Clubs of Eugene, Eugene Emerald Valley, Eugene Delta, Eugene Airport, Eugene Metropolitan, Eugene Southtowne, Springfield, Springfield Twin Rivers, Fern Ridge and Florence

The ten clubs in Lane County will be partnering with numerous local organizations in support of the response to the COVID 19 pandemic. Here is a summary of the efforts underway.

  • $50,000 for Fifteenth Night Project for Safety First Shelter for homeless youth.
  • $40,000 for scholarships for graduating seniors in need in Florence.
  • $20,000 to Habitat for Humanity Fischer Village
  • $6,000 for Disaster Grant for Lane County Food Banks for Food and Sanitary Supplies
  • $5,477 for Food Box Program
  • $1,000 to Eugene Education Fund to help vulnerable students’ families with household supplies and groceries.
  • $1,000 to Food for Lane County for food assistance
  • $1,000 to Centro Latino for families in need
  • $3,000 to Looking Glass for needs to serve unhoused youth, including a washer and dryer and other supplies at a drop-in center
  • Delivering weekly activity kits for children at the First Place Family Shelter, a transitional family shelter run by St. Vincent de Paul for unhoused families
  • $8,500 to Volunteers in Medicine Clinic with local matching
  • $5,000 to Belly Full weekend food for school kids
  • $3,500 – to 15th Night Food Pantry at Willamette High School- Rotarians provided renovation of pantry facility and needed equipment for food storage and preparation.
  • $1,600 to the Eugene Mission for food and other essentials
  • $2,000 for Food for Lane County providing food and volunteering to help assemble food boxes.
  • $2,400 to Project Amigo in Mexico for food boxes
  • $500 Express Grant for Food for the homeless
  • $2,000 in funding for Florence Food Share
  • $500 for the PeaceHealth Peach Harbor Foundation’s local Covid-19 fund
  • $2,000 to fund coronavirus information initiatives in Tororo, Uganda
  • Hosea House providing food and helping with food boxes
  • Sewing and providing face masks for Eugene Mission and to the employees at Saint Vinnie’s.
  • $2,500 in donated value- Rotarians providing painting of facility, cleaning carpets, providing window blinds, providing funds for some cabinetry and furniture at the Catholic Community Services Family Feeding Center


Jefferson/Deschutes/Crook County: Team —   Disaster Relief Assistance:  $48,750.       

Rotary Clubs of Jefferson County (Madras) Redmond, Crook County (Prineville) Sisters, Bend, Greater Bend, Bend-Mt Bachelor, Bend High Desert, Sunriver-Lapine

The nine clubs in Central Oregon Counties will be partnering with numerous local organizations in support of the response to the COVID 19 pandemic. Here is a summary of the efforts underway.

  • $15,000 in collaboration with the Sunriver Women’s Club to fund South Deschutes County Food Distributors including, La Pine Community Kitchen, La Pine Senior Center, and La Pine Food Bank.
  • $24,000 to the Family Access Network (FAN) from the Rotary Disaster Relief Grant for families and individuals in six communities who will be receive food vouchers to purchase their own groceries at participating local grocery stores. The Redmond Kiwanis Club joined our effort with $2,000 in additional funding.
  • $5,000 to United Way for those in need
  • $500 donation to the project to provide food donations to local charities.
  • $1,250 to provide 120 meals for St Charles Hospital medical & janitorial staff in Redmond
  • $2,000 donated to the Madras Food Bank
  • Donated 100 – KN95 masks to Redmond Fire and Rescue
  • Donated 100 – KN95 masks to the Redmond Police Department
  • Donated 50 – Medical masks for “Your Care Urgent Care”
  • $1,000 – Donated pastries every week to the St Charles Medical Center first responders
  • Rotarians working with FAN and the Prineville Presbyterian Church on putting together personal hygiene bags.



Lincoln/Coos/Curry Co’s – Disaster Relief Assistance:  $29,500  

Rotary Clubs of Lincoln City, Philomath, Newport, Toledo, Coos Bay-North Bend, Reedsport, Coquille, Port Orford, Bandon by the Sea, Brookings Harbor, Gold Beach 

The eleven clubs in three Oregon Coast Counties will be partnering with numerous local organizations in support of the response to COVID 19 pandemic. Here is a summary of the efforts underway.

  • $9,000 Providing hand sanitizer from the recently certified maker of the safety product and donation of Medical Equipment to Coos-Bay Local Medical facilities to local Coos County first responders and frontline healthcare workers.
  • $2,000 donated to The Patient Support Fund at the Newport hospital
  • Provided meals for an entire day to the workers at Samaritan Hospital
  • $500 donated to support emergency supplies for children in Foster Parent program
  • $3,000 donated to Food Share
  • $3,000 to Salvation Army which will be used for community members in crisis who cannot pay their utility bills.
  • $5,500 to the Olalla Center from various Rotary clubs
  • Coquille Rotary has been donating money to Frazier’s Bakery to help cover their losses from cancellation of our weekly meeting
  • $6,500 in cash donations to the “Common Good” and “Meals for Neighbors” partner programs for food distribution through the “Port Orford Senior Center.” Rotary volunteers estimate that 200 cars came through the Port Orford Senior Center distribution center in one day.



 Jackson County – Disaster Relief Assistance:  $40,710            

 Rotary Clubs of Jackson Applegate, Upper Rogue-Eagle Point, Rogue Valley After 5, Bear Creek Valley, Medford, Greater Medford, Medford Rogue, Central Point, Ashland Lithia Springs, Ashland.

The ten clubs in Jackson County will be partnering with numerous local organizations in support of the response to the COVID 19 pandemic. Here is a summary of the efforts underway.

  • $3,600 – The Rotary Clubs of Jackson County have teamed up to partner with “Food and Friends” To distribute food to the homeless, homebound and hungry. “Food and Friends” delivers meals to the homes of seniors who are unable to shop or prepare meals due to illness, injury, or disability. Rotary estimates that they will be able to provide 665 meals for homebound seniors.
  • 10 Rotary clubs Collaborative for a Rotary/Red Cross Blood Drive on May 5th
  • $4,250 worth of gift cards to locally owned food vendors and restaurants, with delivery and takeout services, for 350 elementary children needing food.
  • $7,500 for 300 food boxes will be distributed to families in need
  • $4,000 Powerpack program – modified to provide gift cards from participating restaurants and grocery stores to the families of the chronically hungry children we provided backpacks full of food at Washington Elementary during the school year
  • $1,000 to the Maslow Project to aid homeless teens during the crisis
  • $360 to Friends & Family to provide food to the homebound in our community.
  • Rotarians making weekly food deliveries and wellness checks to a specified route.
  • Rotarians helped fill 288 boxes of food to be delivered to the families of children identified in the Rogue Powerpack program in one week.
  • $10,000 worth of grocery store gift cards to the Ashland School District for distribution to families in need during the COVID crisis
  • $1,000 to Food & Friends – directed specifically to meals at the Ashland Senior Center
  • $4,000 to United Way – directed to support of Ashland families
  • $2,500 to Peace House / Uncle Food’s Diner – directed to Uncle Food’s Diner meal service exclusively
  • $2,500 to SO Jobs With Justice – directed for meal services only
  • The Ashland Rotarians are coordinating a volunteer grocery delivery service that the Ashland Co-op is creating.
  • The Rotary Club of Jacksonville Applegate will be producing 90 bottles of hand sanitizer and purchasing other hygiene products for homeless youth through their partner the “Maslow Project.”


Benton/Linn Co’s – Disaster Relief Assistance:  $24,170             

 Rotary Clubs of; Greater Albany, Albany, Lebanon, Sweet home, Corvallis, Greater Corvallis, Corvallis after 5 and Philomath.

The eight clubs in Benton/Linn Counties will be partnering with numerous local organizations in support of the response to the COVID 19 pandemic. Here is a summary of the efforts underway.

  • $1,025 to the Micro-shelters for homeless in Corvallis donation
  • $5,000 to Benton Community Foundation – COVID-19
  • $1,500 to Senior Living Facility care packages and sanitation donations
  • $7,500 to FISH of Albany and with a Rotary Match to FISH.
  • $2,345 to the South Corvallis Food Bank Club & South Benton Food Bank
  • $450 for Thank you Lunches for First Responders
  • $575 to the Jackson Street Youth Shelter
  • $1,025 to the Corvallis Housing First
  • $1,050 to SHEM, Sweet Home Emergency Ministries
  • $500 to the Lebanon Soup Kitchen
  • $400 to the Philomath Gleaners
  • $2,000 to the Salvation Army of Albany
  • $800 to Fish of Albany
  • Mask sewing and delivery to local organizations and vulnerable seniors
  • Letter writing to 200 seniors in Corvallis area senior living centers
  • Volunteer shift at local food share community garden
  • Volunteer shifts at local homeless shelter and food distribution centers
  • Volunteering FISH of Albany, building and delivering food baskets.
  • Rotarians made over 700 Face masks for school lunch serving staff (500) and Police and Fire (200)


Lake/Klamath Co’s and Siskiyou/Modoc Co’s – Disaster Relief Assistance:  $7,758

 Rotary Clubs of; Klamath County, Klamath Basin Sunrise, Lakeview, Tule Lake, Scott Valley, Montague, Yreka

The seven clubs in Lake and Klamath Counties will be partnering with numerous local organizations in support of the response to the COVID 19 pandemic. Here is a summary of the efforts underway.

  • $2,000 to support the Klamath Falls Gospel Mission to provide and distribute the food and supplies
  • $4,758 to the Salvation Army, Montague – Costco Food Baskets with Montague Methodist Church, Siskiyou Food Bank for Yreka
  • $1,000 in support of the Yreka and Lakeview Senior Centers to distribute meals to home bound seniors. Rotary has also purchased and assembled boxes of sanitary supplies, including homemade face masks sewn by Rotarians, that will be delivered by Club members and the Lakeview Senior Center to local at-risk and shut-in Seniors.
  • Partnering with the Klamath County Mission to supply food and meals to the homeless.
  • Rotarians funding and delivering senior meals to those home bound.
  • Rotarians made 150 face masks for the US Forest Service
  • Coordinating and providing funding meals to the food bank.


Douglas/Josephine Co’s – Disaster Relief Assistance:  $3,200

Rotary Clubs of Myrtle Point, Cave Junction, Grants Pass, Greater Grants Pass, Rogue Gateway-Grants Pass, Grants Pass, Roseburg, Roseburg After 5, Roseburg Morning, Sutherlin

The ten clubs in Douglas and Josephine Counties will be partnering with numerous local organizations in support of the response to the COVID 19 pandemic. Here is a summary of the efforts underway.

  •  $1,600 in Josephine County, partnering with College Dreams, Inc. and ROC Food Pantry of Grants Pass.
  • $800 in Roseburg, partnering with U-Can Food Bank and Dream Center food Kitchen. The homeless are the primary beneficiary in Roseburg.
  • $800 in Sutherlin, partnering with St. Francis Community Kitchen, feeding the homeless.