The Rotary Club of Welland has been successful in receiving a grant of USD $1,000 from Rotary District 7090 for COVID-19 applicable expenses. Our Application was to support Welland’s Hope Centre.

Jon Braithwaite, CEO of The Hope Centre, stated that their shelter has been designated as an isolation shelter. They have identified people who would be especially vulnerable should they contract COVID-19 and have isolated them at the shelter. For that reason, they are not able to leave for such things as food deliveries. Jon expressed a need for single serve frozen meals which are presently hard to come by.

The Rotary Club of Welland partnered with Robert Landry, the Franchisee of the Welland M & M Food Market to supply over 372 frozen meals to The Hope Centre. Delivery took place on April 14th. Jon Braithwaite stated “That is outstanding! Thanks again for this phenomenal contribution…it will make a huge difference.”

Rotary District 7090, the Best of Friends District, is composed of 80 Rotary and Rotaract Clubs distributed throughout Southern Ontario and Western New York State.7090 was able to re-purpose specific segments of its 2019-2020 District Grant Spending Plan to support COVID-19 related activities.

About the Rotary Club of Welland 

The Rotary Club of Welland is a service club that supports the community through raising funds for local and international projects in areas of women and children, youth, community and international initiatives. The main objective of Rotary is service – in the community, workplace, and throughout the world. Rotarians foster and encourage the ideal of “service above self” through the betterment of business and professional ethics, promotion of international understanding and goodwill, and provision of humanitarian service.

Photo L → R Don Thorpe, Rotary President, Robert Landry, M&M Food Market, Jon Braithwaite CEO The Hope Centre, Sandy Graham. Rotary President-Elect