The Downtown Franklin Rotary Club is committed to the needs of our local community. We are constantly taking on special projects (link previous words to Get Involved page) to help immediate needs. We make an ongoing, long-term commitment to fighting World Polio and locally supporting My Friend’s House.
My Friend’s House
My Friend’s House is a Franklin non-profit that serves neglected, abused, or at-risk boys, ages 12-18, in state custody by offering a home-like environment with a balance of safety, structure, encouragement, care and expectations. Since its inception, the Downtown Franklin Rotary Club has committed to serving this organization in volunteer time and fundraising. If you are interested in learning more about My Friend’s House, visit myfriendshousetn.org. If you have a heart for service, please consider volunteering for Reward Night and/or Chef’s Night at My Friend’s House. There are always immediate openings. If you are interested, please sign up here or email Jaclyn at volunteerMFH@yahoo.com for more information.
Eradicating Polio Worldwide
One benefit of being a Rotarian is that you can take pride in being part of an organization that truly makes a difference in the world. Since 1985, Rotarians have served as community-based mobilizers for polio eradication, motivating international groups, governments, private organizations, communities, and individuals to join the global effort to rid the world of polio. Rotary works with partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), including the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the governments of the world to achieve this historic public health goal. As part of the effort, Rotarians contribute their time and money to the cause, raising funds, advocating for government support, serving as volunteers to help immunize children, and raising awareness in their communities. Rotary’s contributions to the global polio eradication effort now exceed $1.6 billion, including matching funds from the Gates Foundation. Hundreds of thousands of volunteers have supported National Immunization Days. Since 1988, more than two billion children have received oral polio vaccine, and we’ve achieved a 99.9 percent reduction in polio cases. It may be considered the greatest humanitarian service the world has ever seen, and every Rotarian can take pride in the achievement. To learn how you can support Rotary’s efforts to eradicate polio, visit endpolio.org.