The District Governor and the members of the COVID-19 Disaster Response Grant Taskforce are happy to announce that thirteen District 5610 clubs have been awarded funds to help with projects in their communities to lessen the impact of COVID-19.  The projects are briefly described below, and they are a testament to the work of Rotary clubs in District 5610 to help our communities in these unprecedented times.
 
These funds were allocated from a $25,000 Disaster Response Grant awarded to District 5610 this fall.  The funds will be used by the clubs between now and April 2021 after which the clubs will report on their efforts to lessen the impact of the pandemic.
 
Centerville Rotary will purchase Plexiglas dividers to protect students in the local schools.
Clark Rotary will partner with local restaurants to prepare a community meal and will purchase boots for children in need.
Downtown Sioux Falls Rotary will purchase supplies for the Bishop Dudley Hospitality House which has seen an increase in demand for services for the homeless because of the pandemic.
Gettysburg Rotary will be providing supplies for a new critical care facility to serve the region.
Luverne Rotary will use the funds to buy supplies and lessen the impact of the epidemic on the public pre-school. 
Spearfish/Northern Black Hills Rotary will purchase protective equipment for the volunteer staff of the Good Shepard Clinic in Spearfish.
Pierre/Fort Pierre Rotary will work with the Boys & Girls Club in their plans to construct a raised-bed vegetable garden onsite, to teach gardening skills and to use the produce for healthy snacks.
Brookings Rotary will work with the Teen Center at the Boys & Girls Club of Brookings to implement a virtual job fair program. 
Rapid City Rushmore Rotary will partner with Feeding South Dakota in Rapid City to provide protein foods that are in desperate need.
Rapid City Rotary will purchase artwork from Pine Ridge Reservation artists and will then donate that artwork to an effort to raise funds for community program assisting the homeless.
Sioux City Rotary will purchase the supplies needed for the Soup Kitchen to reopen and expand the meals it provides for those in need. 
Sioux Falls South Rotary will purchase to-go containers for The Banquet of Sioux Falls to serve their meals.
Vermillion Rotary will partner with the Community Connections Center in Vermillion to provide diapers that are in high demand as well as gift cards to local restaurants that have been severely hit by the pandemic.