The Rotary District 6880 Foundation was set up in 2014 by then District Governor Robert Callahan. The purpose and intent of the foundation was provide a non-profit entity to collect funds for distribution to and in support of immediate need scenarios due to crises situations caused by Acts of God/Nature and other crises situations.
As it's primary intent is to augment the Rotary District's service mission in South Alabama, the Foundation solicits contributions from Rotarians and other people and agencies for the purpose of providing immediate, time sensitive relief resources to the victims of crises situations arising from by Acts of God/Nature or. other cause of crises within our district and other Rotary districts near us.
Over the past 15 years, District 6880 has suffered from two major hurricanes (Ivan and Katrina) and numerous tornadoes. Since 1900, hurricanes alone striking the United States bordering the Gulf of Mexico have killed more than 9,000 people and caused tremendous damage. When adjusted to 2019 dollars, the cost of damages inflicted by those storms exceeds $30 billion.
Our foundation is preparing for the next and subsequent events when they happen with no doubt that they will occur.
Since each crises presents its own set of needs, it is impossible to specifically state with precision the activities are supported but examples of past activities include:
1. Provision of temporary shelter to victims.
2. Purchase of tents to house relief workers.
3. Delivery of ice, water and food to victims and relief workers..
4. Assistance with long-term rebuilding efforts of infrastructure.
Our activities are carried out by both Rotary Volunteers and Rotary Partner Organizations, such as Shelter Box, among others.
Actual activities follow an event causing the need for action. Our activities are focused within our District in the state of Alabama, USA but we also engage in support efforts in neighboring Rotary Districts.
100% of the time expended by the Foundation is directed at relief activities. All activity is funded by donations.