The Rotary Club of Sun City West’s guest speaker Nov. 11 was Dawn Marie, from the Homeless Engagement Lift Partnership. Marie and Michael Rapaport are the founders of this non-profit organization. They have a mission to bring dignity and hope to the homeless community. Marie had personal experience early in her life with homelessness and has a real passion to help others in this situation.
Their signature program is a “Healthy Snack” effort where they work with 22 schools in the Dysart, El Mirage and Surprise area and provide 25,000 snack bags for kindergarten through twelfth-grade. Volunteers pack the bags the second Saturday of each month.
Call 602-341-3822 for information about locations and times and how to volunteer.
Ninety-seven percent of all donations go to the many services they provide. They partner with several other non-profits and provide back-to-school supplies and uniforms, grocery deliveries to families with an emergency, emergency sheltering and help with resources, life skills workshops (78 classes available), job fairs and adopt-a-family program at Christmas (volunteers wrap all the gifts at their warehouse). The gifts are delivered by Santas and their elves Dec. 9-11.
A BMW car dealership is donating a car this year and on Dec. 2, this will be presented to a lucky family. They are also hoping to have a campus built by 2025 to provide life skills workshops, a resource center for families, cafeteria and dorms for 200 homeless families. This organization is a recipient of an endowment from the Sun City West Rotary club.
The Sun City West Rotary Club welcomes men and women of all backgrounds and professions who want to serve to change lives. Membership is made up of people from Sun City West as well as surrounding communities/neighborhoods (Surprise, Sun City Grand, Corte Bella, Sun City, et al), both seasonal and full-time residents. Each meeting includes a brief presentation by a Rotary member, community non-profit, other organizations or individuals on a topic of interest to club members. Through regular club programs, projects and neighborhood activities, members learn about the issues that face their communities and exchange ideas about how to take action to respond to them. Fellowship and service are key for membership in the Rotary Club.
For more information about this club and becoming a member, contact Susan Sagahon, President, Rotary Club of Sun City West, at 480-371-9962 or firstname.lastname@example.org.