The Rotary Club of Robbinsville Hamilton is taking action to help our communities fight through the hardships of this unprecedented time, providing meals and supplies to food pantries, protective equipment to front line workers, and support to organizations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
We will continue to add to the list below in the spirit of Rotary’s motto, “Service Above Self.”
• Using social distancing practices, volunteers packed nearly 720 cases or 155,400 non-perishable meals over the course of eight days for 28 area food banks, pantries and community kitchens. Also provided 200 pounds of remaining bulk food supplies.
• Collected more than a ton of food donations (2,140 pounds) and $635 in cash from shoppers at Foley’s Family Market in Hamilton on two Saturdays. The food and cash were provided to the Mercer Street Friends food bank.
• Contributed $500 to an effort by Team85 Fitness to assemble Thanksgiving meals for 360 families in need. Club members will also help package and distribute the meals.
• Donated $1,000 for meals to local food pantries.
• Provided 20 cases of pre-packaged food – the equivalent of 4,320 meals to local food pantries and the Salvation Army. The cases went to Ginny’s Pantry on Klockner Road in Hamilton, the Salvation Army Trenton Citadel Corps and the Bromley Center Food Pantry on East State Street in Hamilton.
• Rotarians worked with the Be Kind organization to assemble another 5,000 meals – 23 cases – in just two hours for food pantries in the Mercer County area.
• Through personal donations by club members, provided the Hamilton Area YMCA with 3,000 protective masks for staff to help ramp up operations, and another 1,850 masks for community first responders and health care workers.
• Club member Cindy Rosen and her Mercer Masks team created 20,000 protective masks and 1,200 gowns.
• Sponsoring a Flags for Heroes display of more than 140 full-sized American flags to recognize front line and other essential COVID-19 workers, and other heroes in our lives and communities. Funds raised will support Rotary charitable efforts.
• Sponsored a virtual “Mercer’s Got Magic” family magic show fundraiser to benefit the Hamilton Area YMCA and other groups impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Y received $3,000 – half of the net proceeds.
• Members and friends donated more than 140 backpacks and thousands of school supplies to the Wilson Elementary School in Hamilton.
• Donated $1,000 to the Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) University Hospital Hamilton’s Emergency Response Fund to support ongoing community COVID-19 relief efforts.
• Provided donations to Womanspace, Recovery Advocates of America, and the Miracle League of Mercer County to help those organizations in this time of pandemic.
• Used $1,000 Rotary District grant to provide bagels from Caesar’s Bagels in Hamilton to essential worker locations, including RWJ University Hospital Hamilton, fire and police stations and other places around our towns. Club members delivered the bagels on successive Friday mornings.
• Placed a thank you banner at RWJ hospital and brought a banner of thanks to key locations in our communities to recognize those on the front lines in the pandemic fight. Also created a video of appreciation featuring club members and the banner displays, and wrote personal notes of support to nurses at RWJ hospital that were placed on their lockers by club member and RWJ nurse Danely Gonzalez.
• Conducted a bike drive to support children’s programs of the Boys and Girls Club of Mercer County.
• Rotary District 7475 donated $100,000 for ventilators for hospitals in Central and North Jersey.