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Meals on Wheels, Old Saybrook Estuary
Dictionary Project
Community Outreach
The D.A.R.E. Program
International Service Projects
Incubators for Techiman Neonatal Center, Aug. 2019
Kenya Clinic
Ghana Library-Literacy Project
Bio-Sand Water Purification Project in India
TORCHLIGHT PARADE: Saturday Dec 8, 2018
Local Community Service Projects
New Generations Avenue of Service
Interact Club
Warm the Children
Community Outreach

Recently funded in 2018:

  1. TriCircle Inc- Hope & Support Group for substance abuse individuals
  2. Bikes for Kids- sponsor ship on Polar Express Train
  3. Town of Westbrook- grant towards purchase of hearing aid for elderly gentleman
  4. OSHS- Locks for Luke Hair Shaving Event (to send children with pediatric cancer to summer camp
  5. OSHS- Annual Jingle Bell Run (Interact club in support of local and international projects)
  6. First Congregational Church of Old Lyme- Refugee Resettlement Committee to help support family of 5 from the Republic of Congo.
  7. District 7980- Interact Club Dance your Heart out. (funds for Rotary Project, End-Polio Now)

Some of the past funding events were to:

Old Saybrook Social Services- Job fair

Old Saybrook Social Services- day camp for low income family

OSHS Activity Fund- Comfort packs for students

April 4, 2018 The Old Saybrook Rotary Club voted and approved $2500 donation to the First Congregational Church in Old Lyme to assist a displaced family from Puerto Rico victims of the recent hurricane.


All, please see below.  This is the "Gift of Life" board that I am on in our district.  This is where our donation of $1,000 went earlier this year.  This is truly a heart warming bit of news.  Lynda Hammond is President of our board and is truly all about Rotary.  I just want to say thank you to all of you for supporting me and the Gift of Life team as well.  Rick Beck and Sandy Miller had the opportunity to meet this board a year ago at a gathering and I think got a taste of the wonderful works that they do.  So thank you for all that you do in the name of Rotary.  g

Yesterday afternoon we received approval of the above captioned grant in the amount of $259,700. We will be able to provide 80 kids with open heart surgery and 20 more kids with interventional cardiac catheterization. I have been scrambling to get the bank account set up to begin to received the funds.

Time for a big ole glass of the red stuff!

Lynda Hammond
Rotary District 7980 Grants Subcommittee Chairperson
Rotary District 7980 International Chairperson

Rotary District 7980 Gift of Life, President
St.Martin de Porres Academy Proud Interact Rotarian Advisor
Tel: 203 281 7540





President Gerri Lewis presents Rev. Ed Cornell with a check for $2000 to support the "Heat & Eat" Program (Jan. 4, 2017)

President Gerri Lewis presents a check for $1500 to Claire Bellerjeau of the Shoreline Soup Kitchen & Pantries (Jan. 4, 2017)




The Rotary Club of Old Saybrook Community Outreach Program helps individuals in the towns of Old Lyme, Old Saybrook and Westbrook to care for themselves and their families by providing financial assistance for education-related expenses or short term financial emergencies.  The Program was made possible by a generous bequest from the estate of Ron Czepiel, an Old Saybrook Rotarian for many years.

Who is eligible?
    Any resident of Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, or Westbrook provided eligibility criteria are met

How to apply?
    Anyone can apply, but usually town social workers or school officials submit applications on behalf of residents.

Typical applications
    Single mother - repossess car to get to work

    Single working mother - winter electric bill
    Elderly lady with multiple sclerosis - handi-cap ramp
    Fuel assistance
    Elementary students - one week at summer camp
    Single working mother who lost job and training to be CNA - rental assistance
    Child with birth defect - medical expenses
    Self-supporting high school student - senior class trip
    Single elderly lady with cancer - food cards
    Elementary students - music and art lessons
    Single mother with diabetic child - diabetes camp
    Elderly couple with large debt and depleted savings - help with hospital bill
    Elderly lady with Parkinsons disease - electric lift chair
    Mother of 5 with cancer - rental assistance
    Family evicted - rental assistance
    Heating, food, auto fuel
    School children to summer camp

From August 2013 to Feb 2014, Old Saybrook Rotary has  given $10,000 to local causes including heating assistance, KHCAC camp for kids, Sgt. Tupper who was wounded in action and requires ongoing medical treatment and the Old Saybrook Dept. of Social Services.

The need for this type of financial assistance to area residents in our communities is great. Please open the forms below if you wish to apply for funding: