Following Hurricane Maria in 2017, District 7390 raised $30,386.00 specifically for Puerto Rico recovery efforts. It took some time for us to identify an appropriate project and in January 2020 we sent a check in the full amount to the Jane Stern Community Libraries to cover recovery and operating costs at two of their satellite locations in Toa Baja and Mameyal. Unfortunately, COVID 19 has slowed the recovery process; schools and libraries have been operating on a spotty virtual basis which has slowed their progress in offering expanded programs.
We received a report dated March 16, 2021 showing a remaining balance of $13,025.94 along with plans to shortly return to a normal schedule where they can again offer school library programs during the day and community programs in the evenings that include language and literacy programs for adults, teens and children, along with early education play areas with books and toys, and reliable internet access for digital resources.
Rotary District 730 is recognized as a Major Sponsor at the Library’s main entrance and on their website, social media, and print material.