The Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of Lexington Park voted to “Make a Difference”, by contributing $5,000 to Disaster Aid USA. Disaster Aid USA is a Washington, D.C.-Based non-profit operated by Rotarians. It provides proactive humanitarian support to disaster victims.
The Rotary Club of Lexington Park and its members are donating over $5,000 towards hurricane relief in Texas and Florida, as these states begin to recover from the devastating effects of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. All proceeds from the recent Rotary beer concession at Taste of St. Mary’s are included in this sum.
The Club is making its donation through an organization known as Disaster Aid USA (DAUSA) (www.disasteraidUSA.com). This organization is a direct spin off-off of the Rotary Club of Historic Prince Georges County. It is managed by Rotarians to react to domestic and worldwide disasters as a registered non-profit in Washington D.C
Disaster Aid USA maintains a fleet of well stocked trailers at the ready. They dispatch to move needed supplies to any given site. Such was the case in East Texas and Houston when the floods from Hurricane Harvey raged.
DAUSA also fields Disaster Aid Response Teams (DARTS) to respond with manpower. Often composed of active Rotarians from around the world, multiple DARTS deploy to participate in the back-breaking hard work of recovery. Their tasks can range from clearing debris from homes and businesses, to helping manage food and water distribution, to delivering and setting-up ready-to-use humanitarian aid packages.
The Rotary Club of Lexington Park, fully mindful of its local and international commitments, felt that a humanitarian donation in this time of great need was in keeping with Rotary’s philosophy of service to humanity. This is underscored by Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self” and its 2017-2018 slogan “Making a Difference”.
If you would like to donate to a proven and worthy cause that provides direct and meaningful disaster relief without excessive overhead, the Rotary Foundation of Lexington Park is pleased accept your donations and pass the proceeds directly to DAUSA. To offer a donation, checks to the Rotary Foundation of Lexington park, P.O. Box 202, Lexington Park, 20653 will be directly applied to DAUSA contributions in your name.