World Community Service, 2017 - 18
Our World Community Service auction and raffle on March 8, 2018, raised $8,613. That gives the WCS committee $12,613 towards the Rotary Global Grant application for the keystone for a $110,000 clean water development project with Water Mission. One of Rotary’s six areas of focus internationally is funding long term successful clean water, sanitation, and hygiene projects.
The fundraising starts with $30,000 in local cash, with the $12,613 from Springfield Southeast and the rest from other clubs in Springfield. These funds would then be matched with District Designated Funds (DDF), required Host Club/District funds, and a Rotary Global Grant to reach the $110,000 total.
The selection of a specific project will be done closer to the actual submittal of a Global Grant application for a couple of reasons. First, Water Mission has to identify a project that hasn’t been funded by another source. Second, a Global Grant project also requires a host Rotary Club and its district to contribute their funds to the project.
About Water Mission
Water Mission (https://watermission.org/) is a nonprofit Christian engineering organization that designs, builds, and implements safe water, sanitation, and hygiene solutions for communities around the world that lack safe water (Community Development) and also in response to natural disaster and emergency situations (Disaster Response).
It has an office in Haiti that is working with 42 permanent water systems. It also has 10 additional systems that it deployed for disaster relief after Hurricane Matthew in 2016. More recent disaster responses include Puerto Rico and the rest of the Caribbean Ocean after the hurricanes and in Mexico following the earthquake in 2017. Water Mission has worked with Rotary on more than 90 projects since 2003.
Michael Pessina chairs the planning committee that organized the auction and raffle. Ray Meyer served as the auctioneer.
In the past four years, our club's WCS auctions and raffles raised about $60,000 for 19 international projects.