While this isn't what was planned, this club is no stranger to service.
The newest initiative is to make a positive difference in the lives of service personnel and hourly workers of St. Johns County. We all know the needs are great, so the Rotary Club of St. Augustine has purchased gift cards from Publix for individuals and families who have gone from financially independent to despair. In fact, this is something new for many today. The seed money for the program comes from the club's rainy day fund and the sponsors of St. Augustine Independent Restaurant Association (SAIRA), Raintree Restaurant, Peggy Gachet, Broker Associate with Watson Realty Corp, Christine Matthaei, Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, The Bailey Group, Nissan of St. Augustine, W.W. Gay Mechanical Contractor, Inc., Matanzas Law and St. Johns Law Group along with GALA tickets sales to individuals who waived their refund in support of the new initiative. Applications are already being submitted by Rotarians themselves and colleagues in the same industry who has been required to virtually close if not close entirely. The needs are massive!
That's where you can help. If you'd like to make a donation where 100 percent of the proceeds go directly to the program implemented to help those St. Johns County residents, you may do so here. All donations are tax-deductible as the Rotary Club of St. Augustine Foundation is a 501(c)3 and will receive the donations and purchase the gift cards while the Rotary Club of St. Augustine will process the applications.