What is your Rotary Club and Rotaract Club doing to help your community during the COVID 19 outbreak? Take a look at some of the clubs and their projects. Perhaps you too can do a similar project in your community.Perhaps YOU can help at one of their projects. Here is a place for your Club to ASK for Rotary and Rotaract Clubs to help YOU with your project. Talk to the Mayor, Councilors, Community Service Organizations, Food Banks, Health workers, just to name a few. Your community is counting on our entire Rotary family and your partner organizations during this time of special need......

The Rotary Club of Etobicoke: April 3, 2020

The Rotary Club of Etobicoke is having a Together-Apart Potluck Fundraiser, on April 3, 2020 starting at 6:30 pm on ZOOM. Cost is $20 per hoiusehold. Let's take a minute during dinner on April 3rd to get together (even if apart), have a toast, share some laughs and help Elisa House. This is a light hearted moment to share as a club. Rummage through what's left of your pantry & cook what you can! https://rotaryetobicoke.org/…/together-apart-potluck-fundr…/
Get out of your PJ and dress up a little (at least the part visible on camera!), Pour yourselves a(nother) glass of your favorite libation, capture the moment in a few selfies to share with the club (via Ron) and better yet jump on a video call at 6:30pm to raise a glass with the club (zoom link below).

Kindly donate $20 per household to the chosen cause. Donations can be made by credit card at registration or via email transfer to Greg: gdrotary@outlook.com

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 597 801 325


Iosif Ciosa,

President Rotary Club of Etobicoke, AG District 7070 - 2017/2019, DG 2022-23


The Rotary Club of Alliston: March 30, 2020

The Rotary Club of Alliston is meeting on Monday nights at 7 pm on Zoom. We are helping connect the community with links to information they might find helpful on our Website and on Facebook Pages. We have promoted the Rotary Online Free Reading program on our website. We are connecting with organizations like the Food Bank in our community to ask how we might help.

Sue Leach ,  Rotary Club of Alliston , President 2019-2020


The Rotary Club of Toronto: March 29, 2020

The Rotary Club of Toronto Charitable Foundation  and The Rotary Club of Toronto Take Action

We are pleased to announce that the Rotary Club of Toronto Charitable Foundation has approved $300,000 to go towards the needs arising in our community from COVID-19.

The Club Board has reached out to our Philanthropic Committees to explore the needs in our community and how we can assist and make an impact.  The Foundation will give $100,000 of these funds to the Club’s Philanthropic Fund to be disbursed to the Philanthropic Committees to be able to assist those in need.  We encourage all of our committees to remain engaged and to proactively reach out to our community so that we can address immediate needs and make an impact.

In addition, for $100,000 of the funds, the Foundation will be streamlining their process and softening some of the requirements in the granting guidelines to facilitate timely relief for COVID-19.  In particular, an exception has been made to allow applications to the Foundation to include operating funds in relation to requests arising from COVID-19.

For the remaining $100,000, the Foundation will, until June 30, 2020, match donations made to the Foundation for COVID-19 relief. Click on the link below for The Rotary Club of Toronto’s website and the Foundation’s donation page, with its specific drop-down for COVID-19, "Community Impact And Needs". Complete and submit the page to donate.


The Rotary Club of Toronto Charitable Foundation and The Rotary Club of Toronto will make a real impact to the disadvantaged and marginalized in our community in these uncertain times.  Further details to be discussed at our Club’s virtual meeting on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. 

Keep safe,

Susan Howson, President                                     Kevin Power, President

Rotary Club of Toronto Charitable Foundation               The  Rotary Club of Toronto



The Rotary Club of Toronto Eglinton: March 23, 2020

The Rotary Club of Toronto Eglinton wants to hear from Rotary and Rotaract Cubs in the Toronto area. Here is a letter from President Nilam Bedi. Please contact him with your suggestions and your offer to volunteer today. Thank you. 

To my Rotary friends and family in the Toronto area:

Undoubtedly, the current COVID-19 pandemic and the provincial emergency has impacted everyone. As individuals, we all need to pay close attention to our actions that will help contain and mitigate the pandemic. As Rotarians, our attention will naturally turn toward the needs of the vulnerable segments of society. Some members of Rotary Toronto Eglinton are thinking about how, during this time of “social distancing”, we can serve the community in practical and tangible ways. Therefore, I am reaching out to  a few of the Rotary Clubs within proximity to our club to discuss:

1) What actions would be helpful to the community in the weeks, and perhaps months, to come? We are initiating discussion within our club on this and I’m sure many other clubs are doing the same.

2) Are there ways in which we could pool our resources, financial or people-power, to deliver services to the community we are all a part of.

I look forward to hearing from you and would be happy to explore options.

With sincere regards,

Nilam Bedi  President  Toronto Eglinton Rotary Club

Tel. 416-629-8907  nilam.bedi@gmail.com


The Rotary Club of Bomwnville: March 21, 2020



To my fellow Rotarians in Durham Region,

Hope you're all safe and well.

I received the following from Feed the Need in Durham. They're looking for food donations but also volunteers, if you can. The sites will stress social distancing. If you're interested, please contact Robin McKibbon at Feed the Need: robyn@ftnd.ca

Please see communications below from Ben, regarding a drive-through food drive organized for next week. If you are available and interested in helping out at one of the “drop centres” below, Please let us know. 2 volunteers needed for each site, Monday through Friday, to wave and direct donors to drop their donations in the bins and give a shout out of thanks.

stay well and take care, R

In the midst of the extraordinary circumstances facing our community, Feed the Need in Durham and its member network remain committed to providing support to those who are facing food insecurity in Durham. While we are working with our members, staff, and volunteers to contribute to public health efforts to slow the spread of the virus, we also know that those in our community who will be impacted the most by these measures are the most vulnerable among us. Thus, we are working collectively with our member agencies to respond to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic responsibly while striving to ensure that no one goes hungry in our community. We anticipate that this crisis will put a strain on our resources, as the need for food support rises, and limits on our food supply grow.

To respond proactively, we are working with the Region of Durham, and our municipal partners in Ajax, Oshawa, and Clarington to host our first "Drive-Thru" food drive. The goal of this food drive is to build up the supply of non-perishable food items that Feed the Need in Durham will use to meet the increased need created by the COVID-19 pandemic. To achieve this safely, member of the public will have the option of supporting Feed the Need in two ways:

Drop off non-perishable food items at one of three supervised "Drive-Thru" locations over set hours. These drop points are designed to maintain social distancing and allow for donations to be made with minimal contact and without having to enter a facility.

Donations will be received at these locations between 11 am and 2 pm, from Tuesday, March 24 to Friday, March 27.

The three "Drive-Thru" locations are:

· The Audley Road Recreation Centre - (ARC) (1955 Audley Rd, Ajax)

· The Delpark Homes Centre - formerly the Legends Centre (1661 Harmony Rd N, Oshawa)

· The Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex (2440 Durham Regional Hwy 2, Bowmanville

Donations toward Feed the Need in Durham's food purchasing may also be made online at FTND Food Purchasing ( see: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/47169 ). All contributions to this campaign will be dedicated to the bulk purchase on non-perishable food items.

Feed the Need in Durham is grateful for the support our community provides to the organization and its members.

Yours in Rotary
Joe  Solway
Rotary Club of Bowmanville
c (905)259-7485


The Rotaract Club of GTA Connect: March 20, 2020

The Rotaract Club of GTA Connect decided to explore the following options and we're hoping more Rotary Clubs can pitch in to assist us. 

  1. In the next 48 hours, we're going to put together a list of foodbanks, neighbours, Rotarians, elderly, and all who may need help. As well as how we can help.

  2. In the next 7 days, pool together a small fund of $1000 CAD to do small acts of kindness. Do you know of Rotary clubs who can pitch in $100 to pool together a fund?

  3. In the next 10 days, take action. Go shopping, deliver food, phone chats, etc. We have drivers and shoppers ready to go. 

    • This would be done individually if at all possible. Or, with a single buddy.

See our concept in this Google Spreadsheet:


It's a very small, grassroots-and-spontaneous initiative that we are hoping to turn into a reality.  Looking forward for your thoughts.

Weiting Bollu     www.wontosa.com | LinkedIn   +1 (416)-779-3068


The Rotary Club of Cobourg: March 20, 2020

The Rotary Club of Cobourg is working in partnership with YMCA Northumberland on a food security initiative that will support the work of the Salvation Army and Food Banks in our local areas.  We anticipate that the needs will change day to day but currently there is a need for volunteer drivers to deliver food to peoples’ homes and do grocery shopping for perishable items that are not available through Food4All. The Rotary Projects Committee is also working through a proposal to present to the Board and Club around funding for the purchase of perishable supplies when needed.

In preparation of the ever evolving needs of our community we are gathering names of YMCA Members/Rotarians who would be comfortable volunteering, ensuring that infection control procedures are in place. It is important you read the following link to protect yourself and stay healthy prior to volunteering- https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/health-professionals/public-health-measures-mitigate-covid-19.html

In the meantime the Salvation Army is in need of drivers for next week (5 for Mon, Wed, Fri and 2 for Tue & Thu).  You are required to have a criminal reference check that has been completed within the last two years and there is a one page form to complete also.

If you are interested in helping out please text Edward Nkyi at 905-375-7682. The office is located at 66 Swayne Street. Please let me know if you are available so I can determine if we need more people to come forward for next week.

Thanks for your offer of support to keep our community safe and functioning.

Best regards...... The Rotary Club of Cobourg & YMCA Northumberland