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Hillsborough Rotary Establishes Hurricane Harvey Matching Relief Fund

Anthony Franchini, Rotary Club of Hillsborough president at the Rotary Fair earlier this month. Credits: Rod Hirsch

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ — In response to the overwhelming devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, The Rotary Club of Hillsborough has established a relief fund and will match community donations up to a total of $2,500.

The club will use the combined funds to purchase gift cards to major retailers to assist families who have been displaced from their homes by the unprecedented floods. Community members are invited to make donations over the next two weeks using the “youcaring” page, Rotary Club of Hillsborough Hurricane Relief Fund, created for this purpose.

The link for the page can be found on the Rotary Club of Hillsborough Facebook site, as well as at

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“We will focus our support on the recovery phase, while the Red Cross and other first responders take care of the immediate needs of the community,” said Anthony Franchini, president of the Rotary Club of Hillsborough. “As a community, we can offer our support in many ways. “Our ‘youcaring’ page, Rotary Club of Hillsborough Hurricane Relief Fund, allows anyone wishing to make a donation to double its impact, enabling us to make a difference for many families who have lost so much.”

The Rotary Club of Hillsborough will work with fellow Rotary Clubs and others in the affected areas of Texas and Louisiana to distribute the gift cards directly to those families in need. It is anticipated that thousands of families whose homes and belongings were lost to the storm will need to replace clothing and other essentials so they can begin to establish a normal life again after the flooding subsides and the recovery phase begins

Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world's most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world.

The Rotary Club of Hillsborough has over 40 active members from Hillsborough and surrounding communities.   Members include business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.  All funds raised by The Rotary Club of Hillsborough are used to support a wide variety of community service organizations and projects. The Rotary Club of Hillsborough meets every Wednesday, at 6:15 pm, at The Landing Restaurant in Hillsborough.

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