Rotary International has announced $20 million in grants through its foundation in support of Rotary clubs around the world responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, with a focus on providing solutions for frontline health workers and first responders.
To that end, Rotary clubs have provided handwashing stations and food to those unable to social distance in Kenya, lifesaving information about preventing the spread of COVID-19 in India, ventilators and protective gear for overstretched hospitals in Italy, and social connections for individuals in Bethesda, Maryland, who live alone.
"As leaders in virtually every community on earth, we bring a unique combination of local knowledge and access to a global network of expertise and resources," said Rotary International president Mark Daniel Maloney. "In the face of uncertainty, we are adapting to shifting needs to offer immediate help to people at a rapid pace. And we'll remain committed to recovering from this health crisis for as long as it takes."