After collaborating for the Swan Boat Races in May, the Rotary Club of Orlando has decided to donate an additional $3,000 to A Gift for Teaching. Rotary’s donation was matched by three organizations working with A Gift for Teaching.
“When we heard about the matching-grants program, we said, ‘Boy, this is just too good to be true,’” said Bill Peeper, president-elect of the Rotary Club of Orlando. “We’re out here helping them any way right now, raising money for books through the Swan Boat Races. This is certainly a great opportunity to help in even a bigger way.”
The matching-grant program was a three-part effort between the Joe & Sarah Galloway Foundation, the Martin Andersen-Gracia Andersen Foundation and an anonymous organization. The donation totaled $6,000 after the matching grant.
Jane Thompson, president of A Gift for Teaching, said that cash donations can be more effective, providing 10-to-1 leverage. That means a $6,000 cash donation can equal $60,000 of school supplies donated to teachers around Central Florida.
“When people choose to make cash donations to us as opposed to supplies — both of which we need all the time — thanks to the relationships we’ve built with not only with vendors but all of our product donors, we’re able to place that much product into the hands of children who need it. For every dollar we receive, 10 times,” Thompson said.
A Gift for Teaching is a non-profit organization that provides school supplies for teachers to provide to students in need.
“Rotary Clubs are in the business of service to community. One of our focus points is literacy and helping schools,” Peeper said. “So, it all fits very tidily into our service programs for school literacy and helping schools.”
Rotary will hold a meeting July 11 at noon when there will be an official check presentation to A Gift for Teaching at the Sorosis House at 501 East Livingston Street.
“I think our mission really resonates with so many people because they know teachers, or they have spouses that are teachers or children who are teachers or relatives,” Thompson said. “They understand how tough it is to be a public-school teacher these days.”