FRESH PRODUCE TO LOW INCOME NEIGHBORHOODS* Using a refrigerated van from Second Harvest, deliver fresh produce monthly to low income neighborhoods. Produce would be sourced from Second Harvest, area farmers, or local supermarkets and staged for delivery at Second Harvest’s Thomasville warehouse.
The project design incorporates a model of using youth leadership to establish a peer-based program of personal responsibility leading to positive outcomes with respect to Adolescent Health, HIV/Aids, and Drug Awareness. This project will impact 12 teens who will serve on the Youth Leadership Council as planners and conveners of the Summit.
Rotary Has Heart for Seniors has evolved into a yearlong project. The one-time touch of the Valentine Party has now evolved into a quarterly pen pal program and birthday card mailing which has opened up communication and provided a more personal touch. For the third quarter, The Rotary Club of Thomasville had the pleasure of sponsoring the August Birthday Party at the Scott Senior Center. Pat Howard Director of the Scott Senior Center and staff chose a luau theme. Decorations, leis, hair flowers and hats, birthday cake, and drinks were provided by the Rotary Club of Thomasville. Rotarians joined in on the games of bowling, basketball, Ping-Pong toss, and limbo. Specialty drinks were created behind the tiki bar by experienced Rotarians and later served by Rotarians along with birthday cake. Thirteen Rotarians enjoyed the luau with about forty seniors. The meal was provided by the Salvation Army food kitchen. The Thomasville YMCA has partnered with the Thomas County to reopen the Scott Senior Center after its closure during the pandemic. Rotary is imaging a community of service and a connection with our area seniors. Seniors were excited to meet their pen pal or birthday card sender in person.
The Rotary Club of Thomasville is in the 6th year of honoring each of the local service branches of our community: Law Enforcement (Thomasville Police and Thomas County Sheriff), both City and County Fire Departments, Emergency Medical Technicians, and the Utility Department. Last year we added Grady EMC to our last cookout and the Rotary Club of Cairo assisted us. We hope to have their support again this year.