FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                       May 18, 2017
Cape Elizabeth & South Portland, ME— The South Portland/Cape Elizabeth Rotary Club, with an emphasis on assistance to help Maine’s homeless veterans, has extended its commitment to a sixth year in cooperation with Maine’s Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) in Augusta. 
The Club is again working with the VA for the 2017-18 Rotary Year to assist with some of the VA’s unmet needs which include the following recent Rotary donations:
• A generator to help a veteran heat a home.
• Numerous Irving gasoline cards to enable veterans to get to medical appointments and job interviews, etc.
• Walmart cards to enable the purchase of necessary household goods, etc.
• Hannaford cards to enable the purchase of foods.
• Numerous combination bedding sets
• 30 cookware sets
• Cost of temporary transportation for a transitioning vet
• 37 coffee pots & filter sets
• 30 toasters
• Work boots required by an employer for a veteran’s job
• Payment of temporary self-storage cost
• 10 microwave ovens
• Cases of laundry detergent
• 21 starter sets of dishes
Rotary donations thus far this Rotary year exceed $ 8100.00
            Many of Maine’s homeless veterans have difficulty getting to medical appointments, job interviews, and other obligations due to lack of transportation and money. And many, who may be moving to their own transitional or permanent housing are in need of beds, other essential household items and basic necessities including food.
            The Rotary Club welcomes assistance from non-Rotarians; questions – and donations -- may be coordinated with Rotarian Dan Davidson at 767-4682.
            The Rotary Club of South Portland/Cape Elizabeth’s president Sue Sturtevant says, “It’s a sad situation when so many of the patriotic men and women of Maine who served our country suffer homelessness and have numerous needs. We want to help and are doing so in cooperation with Maine’s Department of Veteran Affairs.”