By Jan Parsons, DMSB Rotary Public Relations
One of the things I love the most about Rotary is the way we get involved in our communities and help those in need. Friends and fellow members of the Del Mar – Solana Beach Rotary again helped at the Ecke Ranch Plant Sale in support of the North Country Community Resource Center. It is one project we most enjoy as we help shoppers select, tally, and transport carts of exhibition-quality plants at below-market prices. The event, first started in 2007, helped the CRC raise $16,000 for the women and children of Carol’s House and the 9000+ people in crisis who come to them for food and shelter assistance every year.
Then as part of Rotarians at Work Day we eagerly helped, in conjunction with Just in Time, two foster youth, Jessica Ballejo and Zulimar Cortez, outfit and move into their first apartments. Rotarians at Work Day was started six years ago in the spirit that every Rotarian work on a community project on the same day. We joined over 18,000 Rotarians in over 300 projects throughout the world with more than 2000 Rotarians working in San Diego communities.
Just In Time for Foster Youth (JIT) provides transitioning foster youth with opportunities for self-sufficiency through emergency support, essential resources, and caring personal guidance at critical junctures on their path to independence. We were like protective parents trying to make that first apartment just perfect for the gals who were very sweet and appreciative.
If you would like to learn more about this caring club, please join us at our weekly meetings on Friday mornings at the DoubleTree Hotel in Carmel Valley from 7:15 – 8:30 a.m. For more information, contact president Kirk Collins at 619-254-8234, or visit dmsbRotary.com.