The South Hall Rotary Club knew that there had to be a need that would provide us an opportunity for service in our own communities. We reach out to the local school systems, previous charities, and other community partners to see where we could help and best fit.
At the same time, Sisu Integrated Early Learning Center in Gainesville put out a call to the community mid-March for food and household donations to help the families that they serve. Sisu offers an integrated learning environment where children from 6 weeks to 6 years with special needs learn and interact alongside their typically developing peers.
A lot of these families rely on Sisu to help care for children so that they can go to work, provide a chance for their kids to learn, and give them a chance to handle normal daily routines. Sisu’s calendar closely follows the Hall County School System calendar, they closed their doors around the same time that most schools closed back in March for the protection of their students and family.
Sisu wanted to provide additionally for the families that come from thirteen different counties because so many of their students have needs that require extra attention and resources. The administrative team sent out an email on Wednesday March 18th requesting donations that extended from food to basic cleaning necessities.
By the next, our club had assembled bags full of food items, puzzles, hands-on activities, personal hygiene items, and cleaning supplies for these families. We wanted to truly focus on being people of action in our own community during a time of need. We are so glad that this project fell in our laps and just the right time.
If you want to learn more about Sisu or donate directly to the cause online you can find them at mysisu.org.