The New York Rotary WTC-DISASTER Relief Fund has raised $1,499,154 for the victims of 9/11 thanks to generous Rotarian around the world! When there is a need, Rotarians take action!





Disbursements from the WTC-DISASTER Relief Fund


SEEDCO        GRANT OF $200,000


Seedco is a national community development intermediary providing financing and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations engaged in home ownership, workforce development, and community economic development activities. Seedco had established the Seedco WTC Small Business Fund immediately after the events of 9/11 and the purpose of the grant was to mitigate the effects of September 11 on the thousands of small businesses in Lower Manhattan, a partnership between Seedco, the Downtown Alliance, Asian Americans for Equality and Henry Street Settlement was quickly formed and The Lower Manhattan Small Business and Workforce Retention Project was developed and launched in record time.


The project provides a set of emergency support mechanisms to assist food/dining, retail and light manufacturing businesses get back on their feet financially and retain their most valuable asset – their workforce.


Seedco has been praised by the media citywide, especially the Wall Street Journal, for the excellent work they have done.



SAFE HORIZON        GRANT OF $250,000


The mission of Safe Horizon is to provide support, prevent violence and promote justice for victims of crime and abuse, their families and their communities. Founded in 1978, the organization is now the nation’s leading non-profit crime victim assistance and violence prevention agency.


When the World Trade Center was attacked, Safe Horizon immediately made their programs and expertise available across the City. They are offering crisis intervention counseling in their nine community offices, over their telephone hotlines, and in their licensed mental Health Counseling Center. They have developed special programs for businesses where employees are experiencing trauma and for schools to help young people cope with fears, anger and bias emanating from the attack. In addition, working with United Way, they have developed a comprehensive Resource Referral Guide which social services organizations are using citywide to direct clients to emergency assistance as well as longer term support.


Safe Horizon requested $200,000 to cover expenses relating to their new Family Assistance Centers. Developed to respond to a significant need for case management services, these innovative centers will also provide special advisory assistance in areas ranging from financial planning to legal aid. Their target population is low-income individuals and families who are victims of the World Trade Center attack and who may not otherwise seek or be able to find such assistance.


Safe Horizon was the first organization on location to provide the victims with immediate relief checks, without all the bureaucratic delays and the Salvation Army and the Red Cross stated in a joint meeting that they ”could not have done it without the help of Safe Horizon”.



September 11, 2001 Children’s Fund    Grant of: $100,000


Established solely for the purpose of assisting children whose parent(s) or legal guardian(s) were killed in the horrific tragedy on September 11, they mentor these children throughout their educational years, from pre-K through College.


The have assisted over 100 families, most of which reside in Manhattan, Staten Island, Brooklyn, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. They continue to receive requests from about three to five more families daily and with more funds the can assist these families as well.


Some of the assistance they have provided has been rendered through payment and/or negotiation for tuition for: nursery schools, primary schools, and secondary schools. They have varied from private schools of every denomination, to independent programs.


Bard College, for example, has launched their scholarship program with the commitment of 1 to 5 scholarships annually and they will be actively pursuing other universities to award scholarship programs to the children they assist.


The September 11, Children’s Fund is totally volunteered based, and therefore the have no administrative costs. All their time and energy is being spent with assisting families and networking with other organizations that are able to assist.



New York City Mission Society          Grant of: $50,000


Since 1957 New York City Mission Society has been providing respite programs to city families and older adults in economic needs.


New York City Mission Society will be offering week-long respite sessions at their Camp Greenacres site in Dover Plains, New York, providing employment workshops, psychological counseling, current events seminars focusing on the Middle East, and recreational activities to families that have been impacted by September 11.


They are currently doing outreach for this family respite project through various job placement organizations and unions. Their organizations is planning to hold three weeklong sessions – one in the winter, on in the spring, and on in the summer – that correspond with school vacations so that children can attend. Families to be served will include those in which a principal wage earner has lost a job as a direct or indirect result of the September 11 tragedy, as well as those families whose members have been otherwise negatively affected by the attacks.


The grant allows 83 people to be served for a one-week session during which the following will be offered: round trip transportation, all meals and snacks, lodging in the conference center at Green Acres, recreational activities, mental health counseling services with referrals to continuing counseling services in the city, psychological education seminars for parents regarding communications with their children, employment seminars, contemporary history seminars focusing on the conflicts in the Middle East and the economic and political origins of U.S. foreign policy.



City Meals-on-Wheels          Grants of:  $25,000  (1) and $25,000  (2)


As a non-profit dedicated to delivering meals to New York City’s homebound elderly, they were immediately concerned with the welfare of their clients on September 11th. Many of the elderly in lower Manhattan were too frail or hindered by chronic illnesses to be quickly evacuated from their homes and they lack a support system of family and friends to care for them in an emergency.


Knowing this, the staff at Citymeals worked with volunteers and their friends in the restaurant community to deliver warm meals to homebound elderly New Yorkers in the days following the tragedy.


The also delivered boxes of non-perishable foods to local senior centers and directly to their clients in need. These live-saving efforts reached more than 715 elderly in the darkest hours.


Since resuming regular meal deliveries, they examined their ability to respond in an emergency and instituted their Emergency Program to:


-  always have shelf-stable food ready for delivery from our warehouse to any location in New York City and deliver boxes of shelf-stable food throughout the year to help the frail homebound elderly stock their cupboards in case regular meal deliveries are interrupted again.


Times are challenging for this organization, because many donors have shifted their focus to the publicized needs of the disaster. It is important to remember that the homebound elderly are among the most vulnerable of all. They depend on daily meal deliveries for their survival especially during perilous.


For the excellent work that CityMeals-on-Wheels is doing they were awarded with an initial grant of $25,000 and a follow-up grant of another $25,000.



YMCA                  GRANT OF $40,000


The YMCA is not paying people’s bills or addressing their material needs, Instead they are providing support for their spirit, by providing memberships that allow people to become part of a family-oriented supportive community where they can exercise to relieve stress, send their kids for supervised activities or put them into day care or after school programs, and participate with other families in programs that build body, mind and spirit. For the purpose of funding 100 camper weeks for children affected by 9/11at $400/each per week at YMCA camps the NY Rotary Foundation approved a grant of $40,000.


HELPLINE             GRANT OF: $25,000


Founded in 1969 by Dr. and Mrs. Norman Vincent Peale (also a former New York Rotarian), Help Line is the oldest generalized telephone crisis and suicide hotline in New York City. Its skilled volunteer counselors have answered almost two million call from New Yorkers needing assistance and placed another 100,000 calls to homebound, isolated or lonely people through its CheeRing program.


Since September 11, they have applied their limited resources toward offering assistance to New Yorkers affected directly or indirectly by the World Trade Center attack. People call the hotline for problems of any nature such as grief, depression, abuse, homelessness, addictions, etc. But 9/11 has added a new dimension to their sorrow. Callers want to talk about the grief of having personally known firefighters and policemen who were lost. They are upset when friends working at Ground Zero talk about finding body parts and DNA. They have nightmares and fear the sound of planes. The fear germ warfare and the future.


The levels of fear and anxiety are significantly higher in New York than in the rest of the nation. Twice as many New Yorkers fell they’re not coping well with the attack’s aftereffects and twice as many residents count ongoing fears and concern for their families and themselves as their biggest worry.


HelpLine’s counselors will be there to provide a “listening ear and a caring heart” to all New Yorkers and for that a grant request for $25,000 was approved.



Fraternite Notre Dame             Grant of:  $27,808


The Fraternite distributed meals to the poor prior to 9/11 and has been touched by the repercussions of this catastrophes.


The 9/11 tragedy had seriously diminished the food supplies of the Fraternite. This day, thirty minutes before the catastrophe, on of their Religious was near by collecting as usually some food from restaurants to feed the poor and their Soup Kitchen in Harlem.


Our members have been helping out serving food to the poor in this Soup Kitchen and it represents a true  “hands on project”.


For restocking their food supplies as well as the repair for the badly abused food delivery truck during 9/11 the Fraternite Notre Dame has received $27,808.



Children’s Health Fund         Grant of: $7,500


The grant application was submitted for the Children’s Health Fund Crisis Response Program/Community Support Unit and Enhanced Mental Health Services. Launched in early November, this program is providing mental health services to families affected by the tragedies of September 11. The grant request is for books on trauma and grieving for parents and children, as well as some toys for the children.


The program works with families primarily through a mobile community Support Unit (CSU), which brings teams of mental health professionals to sites where their services are needed. At this time, the CSU is providing services to residents of Battery Park City, to homeless families, and to non-citizen families who lost loved one in World Trade Center. It will soon begin serving more emotionally fragile families who have fled domestic violence, and will also be coordinating services with Project Liberty.


A Children’s Health Fund/Marist poll found that 60% of New York City parents said that their children were worried about their safety, and that 51% said that their children were concerned about additional terrorist attacks. Too the extend possible, the Crisis Response Program and Enhanced Mental Health Services will be available to all families in need during this very difficult time.


The Council of Churches of the City of NY   Grant of: $5,000


This grant was requested to help provide direct assistance to individuals and families in the greater metropolitan New York City area who have been economically dislocated by the events of September 11th and their aftermath, with special emphasis on those who worked in low-paying service industries, including undocumented workers. The requested funds will be distributed to recipients either directly or though the council’s partner religious and humanitarian institutions. These partners are churches from various religious beliefs.

The special focus of this disaster relief program will be to assist those who have been unsuccessful in securing assistance though regular relief or government programs or who are afraid to apply to receive them, such as undocumented workers, workers who receive unreported wages and others who fear contact with government agencies. As an umbrella religious organization, this organization is able to provide a unique channel to the target population built on trust among and between clergy, congregations, existing outreach organizations and activities.


Individual grants given to:


Nancy & Chris Quin $5,935

for airplane tickets to New Zealand for a vacation. Chris Quin was a firefighter who worked on Ground Zero


Dorothy Giovinazzo       $5,000

Leonore Raimondi        $10,000

Eugene McKenna         $10,000

Dolores La Verde            $5,000


These families have been directly affected by 9/11 and have lost loved once.

to protect their privacy we do not want to reveal the details of their personal

tragedy, but each of them has lost a family member and is now struggling

financially. These grants are hopefully helping in paying some bills until

government monies reach these families.


August 1, 2002 New York Rotary Foundation News ‑ 9/11 Grants


During the last meeting of the board of trustees, under the new chairmanship of Morton Eydenberg, following grant requests were approved:


$100,000 for Project Hospitality, an organization that was instrumental in providing housing and food for Staten Island emergency workers during and after 9/11. $35,000 for four individuals (three approved for $10,000 and one for $5,000). These individuals have, in one case, lost the husband, in the other cases lost their jobs and/ or haven gotten injured during 9/11. Our total disbursed monies out of this fund are now $1,226,808 and leave another $272,346 for distribution.


The New York Rotary Foundation of the Rotary Club of New York has Recently approved $80,000 from its 9/11 funds to the following recipients:


WTC-United Family Incorp.                         $20,000

9/11 Book Project                                        $10,000

BEAR Search and Rescue Found              $10,000

City Meals on Wheels                                  $20,000

Individual Grant                                            $20,000


Total:                                                             $80,000


The New York Rotary Foundation has raised a total of $1,499,154 for 9/11 with the help of generous and compassionate Rotarians around the world. Of that money has $1,226,808 been distributed so far to victims of the World Trade Center Disaster of 9/11.


Total Disbursements from the WTC-DISASTER Relief Fund   $1.226,808.



World Trade Center Disaster Relief Fund

Update for Donors


World Trade Center Disaster Relief Fund Grant

Disbursements of $227,500 on February 12, 2002

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Grant-Recipient group picture with

President Helen & Chairman Werner



How to donate to the special fund for

the Great Tragedy in New York City





Annual giving for fiscal year 2001 – 2002  from the regular fund (in addition to the 9/11 World Trade Center Disaster):



The New York Rotary WTC-DISASTER Relief Fund $250,000.


The New York Rotary Foundation's Regular Relief Fund kicked-off the successful New York Rotary WTC-DISASTER Fund by becoming its first and largest contributor with a donation of $250,000. 


Taller Boricua $20,000.


The foundation donated $50,000 for the purpose of funding the start of a computer lab, part of an after-school program in Spanish Harlem. The children gain access to the various computer applications of graphic design. After the initial donation and the successful start of the project the trustees were happy to fund this great project with another $20,000 for the compensation of additional teachers.


Rudolph Steiner School $10,000


A five-year commitment, that comes to an end this year. The school offers scholarships and in addition matches every dollar that they receive with two dollars of their own. Total donations made by the Rotary Foundation $50,000/


Gift of Life $33,000 plus $2,000 from 2000 - 2001.


Many of you are familiar with this great and long-term project of the RC of New York. The program allows children from all over the world to receive heart saving surgeries in New York City, surgeries that they could otherwise not afford. The surgeries are for the most part being performed at the NYU Tish Hospital and during their recovering time they stay at the Ronald McDonald house, were Rotarians have been visiting them. Thanks to our generous donations over the years many children’s lives have been saved.


Metropolitan Museum $15,000


The wonderful program called museum kids was started with an initial donation of $15,000 and funded for a second time for expansion. It allows families and mainly the kids to enjoy the arts in a fun setting. Groups are invited on certain days to enjoy the advantages of this program. The ultimate focus is to create sensitivity for the arts by children.


Young Girls Education in Nepal $1,000 (click here for more information)


Poor families in Nepal take their young girl children out of school at a very early age so that they can contribute to the family income.  Abuses of these girl children are widespread and well publicized.  We are keeping 10 young girls in school for a year through our contribution to an established school program, which is recommended and monitored by a Rotary member in Nepal.


Firemen’s Recognition Day   $1,000 (click here for more information)

Policemen’s Recognition Day $1,000


Description:   The Firemen’s and Policemen’s Recognition Days are part of the rich tradition of the New York Rotary Club.  Each year, we recognize an outstanding member of Fire and Police Departments on their individual days, providing luncheons for approximately ten officers and  donations to their Foundations.


Total Disbursements from the Regular Relief Fund   $333,000


Total Disbursements  2001 - 2002    $1,463,000









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