One of Sturbridge Rotary’s initiatives is to help eliminate hunger. For that reason the Sturbridge Rotary Club decided in 2008 to provide Thanksgiving Food Baskets to the needy through the Catholic Charities Food Share Program of Southbridge. By 2015, the number of families requesting a turkey and grocery certificate had increased to over 400 families and Food Share found they do not have the funds to continue this special Thanksgiving program, nor do they have the volunteers. Fortunately, eight local churches came together to form the Tri-Community Church Collaborative. Consequently, Sturbridge Rotary continued to donate funds to the Church Collaborative to help purchase the turkeys.
2017 is the 10th year that Sturbridge Rotary Club has participated in this worthwhile cause. To date we have contributed over $2,900 to pre-screened families in the towns of Sturbridge, Southbridge and Charlton to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner.
Sturbridge Rotary Club is one of 35,000 clubs worldwide providing humanitarian service as members of Rotary International. Beyond the local and international help that we provide, we are most proud of our work toward helping to eliminate hunger in the local communities.
If you would like to help the Tri-Community Church Collaborative, please send your donations made out to Charlton Baptist Church with Tri-Community Church Collaborative (or just “TCCC”) in the memo area. Mail your check to Catherine Chernisky - Chairperson, 150 Elm Street, Southbridge, MA 01550.
Shown accepting the check is (L to R) Pam Bruder, Rotary President Dave Zonia, and Catherine Chernisky.