by Jennifer Geller, Rotary Club of Eugene

The Rotary Club of Eugene joins other clubs in stepping up to serve people hardest hit by COVID-19. Club efforts include creatively retooling an existing program during the shutdown and giving generously to a range of other local and international efforts.The Coronavirus threated to put Artspark, one of the Club’s signature programs on hold. The Club raised over $70,000 to fund visiting artists in schools during this academic year. Leaders moved quickly to create an online program that will deliver remote art instruction and provide income to teaching artists in the community.

The Club also made multiple donations to local nonprofits to address the deep need in the community. Donations have included $1,275 to Food for Lane County, $1000 to Eugene Education Foundation to meet immediate household needs of families, and $1000 to Centro Latino providing support to local immigrants. A grant of $3000 was also made to Looking Glass is serving as an emergency shelter facility for children in the welfare system that cannot be placed with foster or adoptive families during the pandemic.

On the international front, the Club’s International Community Service Committee provided $2,000 to the Tororo Rotary Club in Uganda. These funds will be used to facilitate coronavirus information initiatives.