Posted by Victor T. Tom on Jun 01, 2019
District 7910 Rotary Clubs were active this year utilizing Rotary Foundation funds that came back to our District in the form of District Grants.  21 District Grants were funded this year and executed by the clubs to better our communities.  The service projects broadly fell into four (4) of the Rotary Foundation's six (6) areas of focus. Clubs made an impact in Disease Prevention, Treatment and Health, Maternal and Child Health, Basic Education and Literacy, and in Economic and Community Development.
In addition, we implemented 2 Global Grants - one was our District Service Project that built  stoves in Guatemala in order to reduce respiratory illness in the community. Ten (10) Rotarians travelled down to work with Rotarians from the host club.   The other Global Grant that was approved this year involved the Rotary Club of Concord's egg farm project in Haiti!
Read the continuation of this article for more details on the District Grant Projects.
Disease Prevention and Treatment, Health
  • RC Bedford (with Operation Delta Dog) supported rescue and development of  7 Delta Dogs to help veterans suffering from PTSD/traumatic brain injury
  • RCs Montachusett Area, Leominster, & Clinton provided personal hygiene and essentials care packages to homeless and vulnerable populations
  • RC Groton-Pepperell inaugurated Rotary Relay for Reclamation, an annual relay-style of road race and gathering for educating the community about opiod abuse
  • RC Wachusett Area (with District 7910 Addiction Task Force) prepared educational program and conducted sessions on addiction and addiction prevention
  • RC Natick (with Natick Opiod Task Force) raised awareness and educated on the prevention of Opiod use.
  • RC Dracut purchased, distributed & educated the use of Emergency Location devices for persons with dementia, Alzheimer’s, autism, etc.
  • RC Westford (with The Outreach Program) packaged 10,000 meals and distributed to area food banks
Maternal and Child Health
  • RC Concord built beds for children in Concord and surrounding communities
  • RC Northborough packed meals in weekend backpacks for children in need
  • RC Athol-Orange Area (with Backpacks for Breakfast) provided food on weekends for children with food insecurities
Basic Education and Literacy
  • RC Newton (with Newton Free Library) conducted a summer reading program with Rotarian and senior citizens reading to Newton youth
  • RC Westborough built & installed Little Free Libraries to bring literacy to underserved populations
  • RC Brookline implemented a literacy program for Brookline Housing Authority residents in career development, parenting and self-sufficiency
  • RC Fitchburg distributed dictionaries to 3rd grade students promoting literacy and grammar learning
Economic and Community Development
  • RC Marlborough is building portion of the 33 mile Boroughs Loop Trail for walking/hiking and promoting outdoor activity
  • RC Sturbridge (with RC Southbridge and Rotary Community Corps) greatly enlarged Community Food Collaborative project that grows organic produce entirely for the St John Paul II Food Pantry
  • RC Milford beautified town with downtown flowerbed and Rotary welcome sign
  • RC Nashoba Valley (with Robert F Kennedy Children’s Action Corps) built an outdoor Gazebo space for family visits
  • RC Lowell (with Cambodian Mutual Assistance Assoc CMAA) implemented a community gardening project to encourage healthier lifestyles
  • RC Acton-Boxborough (with Mt Calvary Community Supper) provided dinners four times and provided community supper volunteers
  • RC Needham (with RC Jubilee Hills, D3150 India) purchased and installed rooftop solar system for Government High School