On Friday, June 7, 2019, the Lincoln-Woodstock Rotary, Interact, and EarlyAct Clubs hosted a ShelterBox presentation at the Lincoln-Woodstock Elementary School.  This cooperative effort of multi-generational individuals, dedicated to community service both locally and internationally, organized this event to showcase ShelterBox, a global relief charity that provides immediate emergency shelter and other lifesaving aid to survivors of a disaster or humanitarian crisis.
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Lincoln-Woodstock Rotary, Interact, and EarlyAct Clubs Support ShelterBox Disaster Relief
 
Community Volunteers ages 8 to 80 work together to support global disaster relief charity.
 
 
Lincoln-Woodstock, NH, June, 2019-  On Friday, June 7, 2019, the Lincoln-Woodstock Rotary, Interact, and EarlyAct Clubs hosted a ShelterBox presentation at the Lincoln-Woodstock Elementary School.  This cooperative effort of multi-generational individuals, dedicated to community service both locally and internationally, organized this event to showcase ShelterBox, a global relief charity that provides immediate emergency shelter and other lifesaving aid to survivors of a disaster or humanitarian crisis. ShelterBox and ShelterKit aid is tailored to each disaster and typically includes tented shelter, blankets and groundsheets, solar lights, cooking utensils, water purification equipment, a tool kit, mosquito nets, and children’s activity packs.  ShelterBox has helped over 1,00,000 people in 90 countries rebuild their lives since its inception in 2000.  In a spirit of cooperation and mutual appreciation of the need to address disaster relief initiatives, the Lincoln-Woodstock Rotary, Interact, and EarlyAct Clubs each donated $1000 to individually sponsor the deployment of a ShelterBox aid package.  
 
A ShelterBox display was set up in the Lincoln Woodstock Elementary School’s multi-purpose room where presentations were made to each elementary class, high school students, and community members.  The presentations were conducted by both ShelterBox representatives and EarlyAct students, introducing the program to a very interested and compassionate audience. Students and adults created simulated family units who inhabited the structure to learn first-hand what the living experience may be like for actual families in deployment areas.  In response to a student’s reaction to the realities of “tent” living, ShelterBox representative Fran Jeffries pointed out, “A home is what exists inside a structure, not the structure itself.”  As Rotary, Interact, EarlyAct volunteers and other members of the Lincoln-Woodstock community learned, supporting the deployment of these ShelterBox “homes” to crisis areas truly does help to transform lives and rebuild communities.  
 
The Lincoln Woodstock Rotary club continues to provide services to the local community as well as supporting international projects in cooperation with Rotary International.  Interact is a community service organization, sponsored by the local Rotary Club made up of young people from 12 to 18 years of age, who perform both domestic and international service projects throughout the year.  EarlyAct, also sponsored by the local Rotary Club is comprised of elementary school age students who support community service initiatives in their school, their community, and internationally.  All three clubs are part of Rotary District 7850 which includes 40 Rotary communities in Northern New Hampshire, Northern Vermont, and Southern Quebec.  These communities are represented by approximately 1800 Rotarians, Interactors, and EarlyActers dedicated to “Service Above Self” and being “People of Action”.  
For additional information, visit www.lincolnwoodstockrotary.comand www.ShelterBoxUSA.org.
Contact:
            Maureen Polimeno, Lincoln-Woodstock Rotary Club President
            maureen@polimenorealty.com
            603-745-8289