Project HELP presented with $2,083 from Rotary

Project Help

From left are Rotary immediate past president Len LaFlesch, Project HELP coordinator Rosie Portugal-Brastad and Rotary president Bryant Powell. (Photo Courtesy: Apache Junction Unified School District.)

The Superstition Mountain Rotary Club 1246 recently presented Rosie Portugal-Brastad, Project HELP coordinator, with a check for $2,083. Project HELP is a community service organization, under the wing of the Apache Junction Unified School District, which serves as a resource for the families of students within the district who are in need of food, clothing, school supplies, cleaning supplies, or emergency financial assistance. The program strives to meet the needs of students whose economic and environmental condition may affect their general welfare and opportunity to attain educational success at AJUSD schools.
The Superstition Mountain Rotary Club has contributed to Project HELP for many years as one thrust toward its goal to support education and job training.
“Part of this donation comes directly from member donations, as we pass the bucket at our weekly meetings,” said club president Bryant Powell in a press release.  “We also raise funds through various fundraising events, which we distribute to three local charitable agencies, including Project HELP.”
The club also funds scholarships, recently distributing more than $8,500 to local graduating seniors and Central Arizona College continuing students.
“The Rotary motto is, ‘Service Above Self,’” said Mr. Powell. “As you might guess, our members are very involved in our community and regularly volunteer at events like the Lost Dutchman Rodeo, the Festival of the Superstitions and the Lost Dutchman Marathon. Probably the best part of Rotary, though, is the friendship and camaraderie of our weekly meetings.”
The Superstition Mountain Rotary Club meets at noon every Wednesday at the Gold Canyon Golf Resort. Guests are welcome.
Project HELP is 100 percent supported by donations. For more information about Project HELP, contact Rosie Portugal-Brastad at 480-288-2955.

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