Community Outreach & Media Event. Club members met with the Community Assistance Center executive director and staff to discuss the operation & impact to needy persons in Sandy Springs for food & services provided by CAC. Local media was invited and it was promoted on club FB page & D6900. Check for $1315 was presented which is what the club raised participating in RC Alpharetta's Donation Derby.
On June 22, 2020 Dr. Mike Looney, Fulton County Schools Superintendent, was our guest speaker. A big challenge this school year is achieving distance learning during the Covid crisis. He challenged the club to obtain hotspots for families who could not afford internet service. RCSS members met with school officials and determined a great need existed at Sandy Springs Middle School. With Sandy Springs schools closed we were not able to do our planned school literacy project with Word Builders. We redirected our $1500 district grant for that project to enable the purchase of 8 Hotspot devices. These will now allow eight families to receive service for two years Each hotspot can allow six devices to connect to the internet which can provide distance learning for up to 48 students at one time. Over two years many additional families could benefit. Say the devices turn over 3 times per year as families lose then later obtain their own internet service allowing another family to then use the hotspot. Potentially over the two year service period you could have as many as 300 students receiving the benefit of distance learning.
The club has a trailer at the Sandy Springs Recycling Center for donations of medical equipment (wheelchairs, walkers etc.). We also bring it around to local senior living communities to pick up the items. When full (1-3 mos.) we haul it to FODAC (Friends of Disabled Adults and Children) in Stone Mountain. This non profit, refurbishes the items and sells them at minimal cost to those in need. This is an ongoing project of the club which began about 5 years ago.