The Elk Rapids Rotary Club may not be meeting weekly as they normally do, but we are still doing good works for the community in this time of need.
On April 9, 2020, the club gave a $6,000 contribution to the Urgent Needs Fund run by the Grand Traverse Region Community Foundation (GTRCF.) According to GTRCF, the “Urgent Needs Fund was created to mobilize local giving and cross-sector community support efforts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds will be granted to local organizations that are providing vital services to individuals and families across our five-county region who are being disproportionately impacted by the instability and economic consequences of the outbreak. Grant funding is currently prioritizing support for nonprofits who are providing immediate relief services.”
 
Local organizations who have already received Urgent Needs Fund grants include: Good Samaritan Family Services, Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan, Munson Patient Needs Fund, Northwest Michigan Food Coalition and the Women’s Resource Center among many others.
 
If YOU would like to donate to the GTRCF’s Urgent Needs Fund, you may donate on-line at: www.gtrcf.org/give/urgentneeds or mail a check to GTRCF at 233 Lake Avenue, Suite B, Traverse City, MI, 49684. Make check payable “Community Foundation” and write “Urgent Needs Fund” on the memo line.
 
The Elk Rapids Rotary Club is one of the largest and most active clubs in northern Michigan, but it is the community support of their annual fund-raising events including the Rotary Show, Harbor Days BBQ and Rock-A-Thon that enables the club to provide financial assistance to worthy organizations like the GTRCF.
 
Fulfilling the Rotary Club’s motto of “service above self,” individual club members have continued to provide community service support throughout the Covid-19 pandemic to Meals on Wheels, the Elk Rapids First Presbyterian Church’s Community Cupboard and the Acme Christian Thrift Store and Food Pantry (ACTS.) Additionally, the club is partnering with the Elk Rapids Downtown Development Authority (DDA) in promoting their “#strongER” campaign.
 
Elk Rapids IS STRONG and by working together, we can get through this challenging time.
 
"The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members." 
- Coretta Scott King