Posted by Dale Smith on Apr 08, 2020
The Mentor Rotary Club has repurposed the funds from our planned 2019/2020 grant for COVID-19 relief. Our project - Lake County COVID-19 Superhero Supplies -  will purchase personal protective equipment to protect those helping persons especially vulnerable to COVID-19 or with limited ability to help themselves.  In particular, the funds will purchase KN95 and cloth masks, PPE, thermometers and other needed equipment to 
1.  Protect Deepwood Foundation/Lake County Board of Developmental Disabilities personnel as they assist their residents who fall ill but are not eligible for hospitalization  
2.  Prevent the spread of COVID-19 by providing LCCOA and Project Hope for the Homeless volunteers and guests with cloth masks.
3.  Protect Meals on Wheels and other Lake County Council on Aging volunteers and personnel and their clients from the spread of COVID-19 by providing cloth masks.
We will spend at least 33% more than the original grant budget budget ($6054) - the vast majority of our members are donating their pre-paid lunch costs from our cancelled meetings toward this effort.   As of April 7, $8,154 have been committed to purchases for equipment.
Rotary District 6630 Leadership and Rotary International's great sense of urgency in helping us to re-purpose this grant and rapidly approve the same was vital to our response.  The grant was approved at 9:23 PM Friday April 3.  As of April 7, all materials are on order and in transit to provide a ten week supply of PPE as currently known.  In addition to member donations, the Mentor Rotary Club is requesting donations for future supplies for this project at  If these funds are not used in the current outbreak, they will be used to create contingency sets of equipment for future outbreaks.