BACKPACK BUDDIES (http://foodshuttle.org/we-feed/childrens-hunger-relief/backpack-buddies/)
Every Thursday Durham Sunrise Rotary club packs backpacks full of week-end food for local school children at Forest View Elementary who are food insecure. Surveys show an increase in attention span and willingness to learn along with lowered levels of aggression and fatigue in students who come to school with their nutritional needs satisfied.
Support one child for one academic year for about $330. Come help us pack backpacks prior to 7:00am on Thursdays at any of our regular club meetings. Or come at 7am for a lovely buffet breakfast and please bring a can of food for our weekly canned food drive which supports local food pantries.
SUPPORTING WUNC (http://wunc.org/)
Twice a year we take our club meeting to the offices of WUNC Public Radio behind the Friday Center in Chapel Hill. There we answer phones and take pledges from listeners to support this gem of a public radio station. It's typical of the small, hands-on type projects that our small club does on a regular basis.
PROVIDING MEALS AT RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE (http://www.rmhdurham.org/)
Join us to bring dinner, or for even more fun, help cook on-site breakfast at the Ronald McDonald House in Durham where families spend days, weeks or even months to be near their hospitalized children. Providing meals helps the pocket books, but even more the spirits of families who can be far from home and friends. We share the meal and the fellowship with these brave families
SUPPORTING STRUGGLING FAMILIES AT HOLIDAY TIME (http://www.ccfhnc.org/)
Each year during the holiday season Durham Sunrise supports two families through the Center for Child and Family Health, providing gift certificates that allow these families to have the kind of holiday gifts and joy that they choose for themselves. In 2011 the club supported one family and provided the funds to purchase a Learning Toolkit for the Center.