2018-05-25 / Community

Rotary helps veterans

The South Portland/Cape Elizabeth Rotary Club, with an emphasis on assistance to help Maine’s homeless veterans, has extended its commitment to a sixth year in cooperation with Maine’s Department of Veteran Affairs in Augusta.

The club is again working with the VA for the 20172018 Rotary Year to assist with some of its unmet needs, which include the following recent Rotary donations:

 A generator to help a veteran heat a home.

 Irving gasoline cards to enable veterans to get to medical appointments and job interviews, etc.

 Walmart cards to enable the purchase of necessary household goods, etc.

 Hannaford cards to enable the purchase of foods.

 Numerous combination bedding sets

 30 cookware sets

 Cost of temporary transportation for a transitioning vet

 37 coffee pots and filter sets

 30 toasters

 Work boots required by an employer for a veteran’s job

 Payment of temporary self-storage cost

 10 microwave ovens

 Cases of laundry detergent

 21 starter sets of dishes

Rotary donations thus far this Rotary year exceed $8,100.

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 moving to their own transitional or permanent housing are in need of beds, other essential household items and basic necessities including food.

The Rotary Club welcomes assistance from non- Rotarians: Questions and donations may be coordinated with Rotarian Dan Davidson at 767-4682.

Additional contacts include VA Transitional Housing liaison, Susan Whittington, at 623-8411, ext. 4344 or email Susan.Whittington@va.gov.

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