By Ken Stallman
The Rotary Club of Houston Heights recently completed its first delivery of food to eight families whose children attend Hamilton Middle School and participate in the Rotary Interact Club.
“Many of our Interact students are from low-income families who have been hit hard by the closing of Hamilton and other (Houston ISD) schools,” Interact leader Erica Alderete said.
One of 10,700 Interact Clubs in 109 countries, the Hamilton club focuses on helping children 12-18 years old develop leadership skills, an appreciation for community service and sound personal values.
To bring practical experience to the curriculum, the students undertake at least two community service projects each year.
“Helping families through crises like COVID-19 is what Rotary is all about,” Club Community Service Director Stephen Monsen said.
Within a day, Monsen had carved $2,600 from the Club donation’s budget and rounded up a dozen Rotarians to handle everything from the purchase of food staples to delivering bags of vegetables, fruit and canned goods.
“With this budget, we can supplement each family’s food needs for the next three months,” Monsen said.
The next delivery will occur the first week in June.
The Rotary Club of Houston Heights was founded in 1939 and has 45 members. Virtual meetings are held Wednesdays at noon and include a timely and interesting program and speaker.
For more information, contact Monsen at 713-703-3429.