2013-12-20 / Front Page

Rotary Club continues to help area veterans

The South Portland/Cape Elizabeth Rotary Club, which has emphasized assistance to Maine’s homeless veterans, has made another donation of both transportation passes and beds in cooperation with Maine Veteran’s Affairs.

Many of Maine’s homeless veterans have difficulty getting to medical appointments, job interviews and other obligations due to lack of transportation and money. And many, who may be transitioning to their own or to VA housing, are in need of beds and other household items.

The Rotary Club has recently donated an additional 11 beds that provided for a family of four and several other veterans, including a bed for a veteran at the Volunteers of America’s Huot House in Saco, which provides transitional housing for up to 10 male and female veterans and is funded by a Veterans Administration grant. The new beds were obtained by Rotary in cooperation with Michael Lowes and Custom Fundraising Solutions.

The Rotary Club has worked out a bus pass program to provide needed transportation to many southern Maine veterans. During the last Rotary year, the club provided 345 oneway trips for veterans throughout the region at a value of $600. The recent donation was for additional Zoom and Shuttlebus-Intercity passes at a value of $871, with $600 funded by the Rotary Club and the rest donated by Shuttlebus-Zoom.

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