What a great start to the week on an early Monday morning by helping someone?  Its good karma!  Martha’s Kitchen on Willow Street offers this opportunity ! A clean, airy, bright, hygienic and socially distanced work tables allows volunteers to make sandwiches,cut vegetables or whatever else is needed for the day. The food assembled or prepared there (lunch and dinner) is taken to several places in the South Bay to feed the homeless. Two weeks ago, ten of us Rotarians, spent 2-4 hours doing just that!
Kudos to Jamie, Terrence, Cynthia, Larry, Maria, Phil, David Guidry (w/daughter), Sangita, Sesh and Nada (w/camera). Our club intends to do this monthly – so if you are interested, please contact our 2020-21 Community Services Chair – Jamie Price.
 

Saratoga Rotary help feed the hungry in our communities

Immediately reacting to the immediate needs of the local West Valley Community, the members of The Saratoga Rotary donated $11,000 to West Valley Community Services. The needed funds are for the increased demand for food due to COVID-19.  In addition, the club has donated an additional $1,000 for food to West Valley College students who are food insecure and now effected by COVID-19. In addition, Saratoga Rotarians have also donated $800 for meals that go directly to our medical providers.  
Stay tuned for additional stories of volunteering at kitchens that cater to the homeless. 

The Saratoga Rotary Community Service Committee identifies and plans community service events for the club. We have plenty planned and something for everybody.

Partnered with West Valley Community Services by adopting 6 families and providing Christmas gifts.
Partnered with Sacred Heart to provide 43 Christmas gifts for children birth through high school.
Partner with West Valley Community Services every Wednesday at their Mobil Food Pantry at West Valley Community College. 
  
The Community Services Committee meets monthly to discuss ongoing projects and new project opportunities.
Partnered with Rise Against Hunger to pack 10,000 – 30,000 meals to distribute to the hungry internationally. 

Partnered with Rebuilding Together to spend a day repairing a home for a senior couple with health challenges and limited mobility. 

Partnered with Operation Care and Comfort to purchase and pack 600 food and person hygiene bags for 300 active duty service members.
Partnered with West Valley Community Services to take kids shopping for Back to School clothes.
Participated in Read Across America by celebrating Dr. Seuss Birthday at Latimer Elementary by reading a Dr. Seuss book and providing each child with a book to keep. 
Breakfast with Santa at Washington School. Brought a nutritious breakfast, crafts, face painter, Christmas songs, read a Christmas book, and ended the morning with a gift and picture from Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus.