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Our Club and City of Richardson are collaborating to bring an Inclusive Playground to the city. The Club also will organize an annual citywide picnic to promote the playground. To commemorate Rotary’s participation, a garden will be designed, planted and maintained by Richardson East Rotary at the park. The Club adopted this effort as its “signature” community service project.
So what is an “inclusive playground”? Who better to tell you than, Taylor Lipsett, Three-Time U.S.
Paralympian, Two-Time Gold Medalist. Play the video where he tells you about the inclusive playgrounds. While you watch it, realize that the attributes described by Taylor also make it accessible by everyone with a physical limitation, such as Grand-parents taking their Grand-kids to the park. [Tap Button Below to Play Video]
The Richardson East Rotary Club (RERC) set objectives early on to create and award college scholarships to deserving Richardson Independent School District (RISD) student. Many students in our community are unable to afford college. We provide scholarship assistance in the hope that each scholarship recipient has an opportunity to attend college. Every scholarship recipient is paired with a club member (mentor). Since 1990 our club has raised over $920k which in part goes to support our Scholarship program!
In 1988, when the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) was launched, polio was present in more than 125 countries and paralyzed about 1,000 children per day.
Today polio is on the brink of eradication, nations from around the world and key donors pledged more than $1 billion in June 2017 to energize the global fight to end the paralyzing disease.
Bill Gates, co-chair of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and RI President John Germ share the recent news about their partnership in the fight to eradicate polio. The historic pledges of new funds at the Rotary Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, will go toward drastically shrinking the $1.5 billion gap in the funding that the partners of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative say is needed to reduce polio cases to zero worldwide. Just five cases have been reported this year, the lowest number in history.
Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said ending polio would be one of the world’s greatest achievements.
“Polio is the thing I spend the most time on. Everyday I look at my email to see if we have a new case,” Gates said. “I’m very inspired to be part of this. I’m also very humbled.”
Rotary International President John F. Germ announced that Rotary would increase its commitment and raise $50 million per year over the next three years. Rotary has raised more than $1.7 billion to fight the disease since 1985.
“Right now, every time a new case is identified, it really could be the last one the world ever sees,” Germ said.
Gates told the crowd of nearly 24,000 that, starting 1 July, his foundation will extend its 2-to-1 match to cover up to $50 million in donations to Rotary for each of the next three years. The match and donations to Rotary would add up to $150 million per year over the next three years, which will add up to $450 million to the fight.
The new funding will go toward polio eradication efforts such as disease surveillance, responses to any outbreaks, and the vaccination of more than 400 million children annually.
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Where Do the Undesignated Donations Go?
In addition to the “special” projects mentioned here, the foundation also makes donations to many other non-profits for the benefit of the local and regional community and international projects. Each year, the foundation considers these charities and others and gives in accordance with the impact our donations can have.
Network of Community Ministries
Founded in 1985, Network of Community Ministries is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization. Several churches came together and formed a non-denominational Church Alliance to assist families through trying times, and thus the term “NETWORK” of Community Ministries was born.
Network responds to human need by giving assistance with the goal of helping individuals achieve long-term independence, its mission is “caring, coaching and empowering neighbors in need as they seek an improved quality of life.” Based in Richardson , Texas, Network has a service area which includes fourteen zip codes in Dallas County, with over 70% of those served coming from Lake Highlands in the Dallas area, and Garland.
The Counseling Place
The Counseling Place is a non-profit agency providing professional counseling and education services to help people improve their lives. We’ve been providing services to the Richardson community since 1979, and thanks to funding and a relocation project, we can offer services to our neighboring cities. We no longer operate from that little house tucked away behind the police department. We’ve moved to a larger facility in Richardson Medical Park.
The Richardson Adult Literacy Center
The Richardson Adult Literacy Center transforms lives by providing English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction to adults who live or work in Richardson or Richardson ISD area. These adults want to learn or improve their English so they can gain better employment, help their children in school and become more involved community members.
With more than 19,000 adults in our community who don’t speak English well or at all, their work focuses on training volunteer ESL teachers, recruiting adult students and placing students into appropriate classroom instruction. Students attend classes taught by trained volunteer ESL teachers at various locations in the Richardson/RISD area.
The Texas Ramp Project
Have you ever changed a person’s life in a single day? The Texas Ramp Project does it hundreds of times a year! We build wheelchair ramps for disabled or elderly people who can’t afford to buy one. In a few hours on a Saturday morning, they give these folks the freedom to leave their home again—the home where they want to remain but whose steps have imprisoned them.
Leadership Richardson is a unique opportunity for participants to enhance their personal and organizational leadership as they relate to community trusteeship. The program explores all aspects of the community, including: arts and culture, business and economic development, local government, health care, public education, public safety and social services.
The Richardson YMCA (aka “The Y”) makes accessible the support and opportunities that empower people and communities. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y nurtures the potential of every youth & teen, improves the nation’s health and well-being, and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors.
Ark House is a non-profit organization operated entirely by volunteers. Since 1985 Ark House has provided low-cost temporary housing for thousands of people from out of town who needed, or whose loved ones needed, extended medical treatment at Dallas area hospitals.
Grant Halliburton Foundation
The Grant Halliburton Foundation is working to help prevent suicide, promote better mental health, and strengthen the network of mental health resources for teens and young adults.