The Rotary Club of the Upper Main Line established its Charitable Fund as a Federally-recognized 501(c)(3) in November 2015. Through this charity, we are proud to be partners with these outstanding organizations as they change lives and make a difference, locally and around the world.
Below are a samples of the many kinds of service projects and support we provide.
ACLAMO Family Centers (www.facebook.com/aclamo) provides improved access to economic, educational, health, social, and cultural opportunities to low-income individuals and families in Montgomery County, especially those of Spanish-speaking heritage.
In addition to financial support through our foundation, UML Rotary Club supports ACLAMO with service projects such as painting rooms in the facility, distributing Spanish-to-English Dictionaries to the students, and Thanksgiving meal donations.
ALEM (alem.org.mx) provides vocational training, encouragement, and empowerment for people with motor disabilities to find meaningful employment. Our funding helps ALEM provide low-cost wheelchair repairs, and contributes to individuals becoming self-sufficient and recognized for their strengths and talents rather than their disabilities.
ARC of Chester County (www.arcofchestercounty.org) is a leading provider of programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. They offer advocacy and a wide range of services to support rights, dignity and empowerment of disabled persons and their families.
In addition to donations through our foundation, UML Rotary volunteers at The Arc’s fundraising events, and we provide a fun Breakfast with Santa event for the ARC community every December.
Community Volunteers In Medicine (www.cvim.org) provides free coordinated healthcare to low-income individuals and families who have no other place to turn for care in Chester County. A non-profit organization supported 100% through philanthropy and volunteerism, CVIM is committed to remaining the safety net provider for medical and dental care in the community.
In addition to financial support through our foundation, UML Rotary volunteers helped install LED lighting in partnership with First Light Project and electricians from Independence LED. The switch to LED provides brighter, more reliable light for patient treatment, and also saves thousands of dollars every month on electricity costs which can now go to improved patient care.
We are also funding a mobile mammogram visit at CVIM, which will enable dozens of women to have this important health screening.
Daemion Counseling Center (daemioncounseling.org) is a community-based mental health counseling center. “Giving hope one hour at a time,” Our donations help Daemion provide affordable, confidential counselling to individuals, couples, and families including grief and loss, drug and alcohol evaluation, anger management, and student and family empowerment.
First Light (firstlightproject.org) provides energy efficient, long lasting, and reliable LED lighting to hospitals, clinics, schools, and community centers in under-served areas of the United States and the developing world. By addressing the basic problem of ensuring that medical facilities have reliable, energy-efficient, quality light for working, First Light helps provide improved health care and lower rates of diseases rates in the communities those facilities serve.
Fighting Back (fightingbacksp.org) assists individuals who have suffered a life-changing illness or injury, and are without the finances needed to participate in a rehabilitative exercise program. We help fund scholarships for rehabilitation to help people re-develop and maintain mobility and strength, and to increase their confidence.
Gundaker Foundation (www.gundaker.org) is a non-profit corporation that functions as a charitable arm of Rotary District 7450. Our support of the Gundaker Foundation provides funding for student scholarships, youth exchange programs, and matching grants for the projects of clubs within the District.
Make A Wish (philadesv.wish.org) works to grant the wish of every child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. In the United States and its territories, on average, a wish is granted every 34 minutes. We help fund wish experiences that can be a game-changer that change the lives of the kids.
Polio Plus (www.endpolio.org) is dedicated to ending polio in our lifetime. Rotary members have persevered in this fight since 1979 and have now helped eradicate polio in all but three countries worldwide.
It’s crucial to eliminate polio from the last three countries, and also continue vaccination and monitoring to ensure other countries remain polio-free. If eradication efforts stopped today, within 10 years polio could again paralyze as many as 200,000 children each year.
Our club’s donation to the Polio Plus program have funded life-saving polio vaccinations for over 10,000 children so far.
Rotoplast (rotaplast.org) helps children and families worldwide by eliminating the burden of cleft lip and/or palate, burn scarring, and other deformities. Rotaplast sends multidisciplinary medical teams to “save smiles and change lives”, providing free reconstructive surgery, treatment, and training for the comprehensive care. Rotaplast also supports education and research towards prevention of cleft lip and/or palate.
Through our charitable foundation, UML Rotary funds a cleft palette reconstructive surgery and treatment for at least one child annually. In addition, a UML Rotary Club volunteer has joined overseas missions to assist the medical teams.
Rotary International (www.rotary.org) unites people at home and across the globe to put our experience and knowledge to work tackling our most pressing challenges. Rotary focuses its efforts in six areas: promoting peace, preventing diseases, providing access to clean water and sanitation, enhancing maternal and child health, improving basic education and literacy, and helping communities develop. Our giving to the Rotary Foundation supports humanitarian work all over the world.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (www.ryla.d7450.org) is a leadership program coordinated by Rotary Clubs around the globe. Rotary District 7450 focuses on high school sophomores in a program that teaches leadership fundamentals and ethics, communication skills, problem solving and conflict management, and community and global citizenship.
Each year, we offer funding for two high school students to experience this remarkable and potentially life-changing program.
ShelterBox (www.shelterboxusa.org) delivers humanitarian relief in the form of equipment and materials that bring shelter, warmth and dignity to people made homeless by natural or other disasters worldwide.
ShelterBox packages are tailored to different types of disaster needs, but they typically contain a disaster relief tent for a family, thermal blankets and groundsheets, water storage and purification equipment, solar lamps, cooking utensils, a basic tool kit, mosquito nets, and a children’s activity pack.
UML Rotary Club sponsors at least one ShelterBox every year.
Stop Hunger Now (www.stophungernow.org) gets food and life-saving aid to the world’s most vulnerable people, and works to end global hunger in our lifetime. They have provided over 225 million meals in 73 countries.
In addition to financial support, UML Rotary volunteers have provided service, helping to package thousands of meals every year.
T&E Care (www.tecare.org) is a network of families helping families in and around the townships of Tredyffrin and Easttown, PA. T&E Care helps people in need through immediate assistance with clothing, food, housing and utilities bills, plus “investments for a better tomorrow” like college assistance, computers for students, resume and interview preparation, and budgeting assistance.
In addition to financial support through the foundation, UML Rotary Club provides volunteers and contributes donations of food and school supplies.
Water Mission (watermission.org) is nonprofit Christian engineering ministry providing sustainable safe water solutions to people in developing countries and disasters. Water Mission serves all people regardless of age, gender, race, or faith.
We help fund Water Mission projects that provide sustainable clean water and sanitation in remote, economically poor areas, transforming communities and lives.