The Idyllwild Rotary held a virtual board meeting last week to donate funds to local organizations that will help the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The board voted to grant $900 to the Idyllwild Community Center (ICC) to cover costs of the Feeding America project. 

ARF will be receiving $500 from Rotary to assist in funding the repair of an old deck. 

The Idyllwild HELP Center received $1,000. 

“The people of Idyllwild have a lot of needs now and we might want to give more later,” wrote Rotary President Tom Kluzak in an email with the updates regarding the donation made to the HELP Center.  

A $1,000 donation was made to ICC to help fund gift certificates to essential workers who are in contact with the public on a daily basis. The donation will cover about half of the amount needed. (See story above.)

“The idea for this project came from Mary Rider of the Nature Center,” wrote Kluzak. “She proposed giving gift certificates to those working in the grocery stores, post office, etc. who are putting themselves at risk for our benefit. This type of project doesn’t fit with the Nature Center’s mission, and Stephanie Yost of ICC agreed to sponsor it … The workers at businesses will receive a note asking that they pick an Idyllwild business from which to receive a gift certificate and then ICC will purchase and distribute the certificates.” 

The board voted to provide $1,300 for college book scholarships.

The board voted to postpone the annual pancake breakfast that was set to be held May 24. Since it is the group’s most successful fundraiser, they are hoping to hold the fundraiser at a future date. As of now, the group is still planning to hold the Fourth of July Parade, but that may change as the response to the pandemic evolves.