Once again, an idea from my parents proves promising. Mom suggested I should write to my local rotary club to ask them to help me promote awareness of spina bifida and hydrocephalus. Well, I Googled them, and I can’t believe I didn’t know it was an international organization!
So, I’ve decided to reach out to Rotary International next, since this could mean generating awareness to people of other nations, and not just in the United States.
Rotary International is a grassroots efforts headquartered in Illinois. Their chapters all serve the same purpose: to “provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.”
Indeed, service to the community and volunteerism are the cornerstones of Rotary International. The organization plans and puts into action different service projects, while simultaneously encouraging its members to develop their professional skills.
“Rotarians” are also focused on giving back to their local communities, while reinforcing the organization’s global connection through programs like Rotary Youth Exchange, where young people are offered the opportunity to live with a family in another part of the world for up to a year.
Given their broad, interdisciplinary and open-minded approach to service projects, I believe rotary clubs would be a great resource for me to contact. After all, giving back is what they’re all about. The local rotary club in my district organizes a Fourth of July celebration each year at my old high school. This is among many other activities they pursue, including donating time to Give Kids the World.
Finally, in addition to creating their own projects, all rotary clubs are heavily involved in a “global campaign to eradicate polio.”
What more could you ask of an organization?
My entry tonight would not be complete without an update on the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Haiti. The International Red Cross has warned that up to three million people could be affected by this disaster. CNN has more on the crisis, and while you’re on their Web site, please check out the links they have provided with the different relief organizations that are pitching in to help the Haitians:
With so many relief efforts taking place, and with reports already coming in of “counterfeit” organizations, donating through one of the Web sites listed on http://www.cnn.com is a great way to make sure your donation is secure and legitimate.
Most importantly, let’s keep praying for everyone who has been affected by the earthquake. That’s the best gift we can give right now.