Seeking food van drivers

As you know for several years we have been delivering food and other items to the homeless in connection with the Coalition of the Homeless. We have added a second trip every month and you can volunteer on Volunteer Spot.

The Coalition is asking if we can provide a consistent driver for the second night. I normally drive the last Monday but will be unable to consistently do the second trip. If you have a valid driver’s license and can commit to driving please let me or Fabiola know. If we can get 2 or more drivers it should be easier to fill the driver spot every month.

Contact us via email at if you’re interested.

New IT equipment donated to Nazareth Housing

The Rotary Club of Wall Street is pleased to announce that we are supporting the Nazareth Housing with a project that updated their aging IT infrastructure by providing new technology including desktop and laptop computers, printers and software, for both its administrative and case management offices as well as the Nazareth Housing’s Center for Learning and Self Sufficiency (CLASS).

The IT equipment has been configured and is now installed in the Nazareth Housing offices and the CLASS center. All over you see staff with big smiles on their faces as they enjoy the super fast speeds of their new IT equipment! Father Michael Callaghan, the Executive Director of Nazareth Housing, expressed his sincere gratitude to all Rotarians involved in the project! The “star” of their new equipment is the MS Surface convertible PC/tablet, which they might use to register attendees at the NH’s Annual Benefit event next week, at which the RC of Wall Street will receive the NH’s community service award, alongside Cardinal Dolan.

The project is made possible by way of a matching grant from the Rotary Foundation. The Rotary Club of Wall Street has partnered with the Rotary Clubs of Hartsdale and Pleasantville (both Westchester NY), the Rotary Club of Cornwall Sunrise (Ontario, Canada), as well as Rotary Districts 7040, 7240 (Eastern Canada) and 1880 (South East Germany), all of which contributed to the base funds for this grant. The money provided by the Rotary Club of Wall Street were funds that our club has received from many generous individuals, Rotarians and non-Rotarians, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

This week Rotarians from District 1880 joined RC Wall street to visit Nazareth Housing & Bowery Mission.

As part of our ongoing partnership with Nazareth Housing, we will begin a service project this fall that includes computer literacy courses for low income families, using the new equipment installed as part of this project.

Change of location for 10/23 meeting

Greetings Wall Street Rotarians:

I want to alert you that there has been a change of plans regarding tomorrow’s meeting of October 23rd. The Downtown Association where we normally meet is closed for a movie shoot. The Metro NY Club with whom we were welcoming as guests to our meeting has graciously offered to hold the meeting at their normal venue. So tomorrow’s meeting will be with the Metro NY Club at Trattoria Dopo Teatro, 125 West 44th Street [between 6th and 7th Avenues].

Starting time is still 6pm. Our speaker on Elder Care Joanna Leefer is still joining us. The cost of the meeting is $35 for a three course meal. RCWS will be supplementing our members meals. I believe it will be a $20 discount per person so the cost will be $15. [Price may vary depending on how many of our club members participate.]

Very truly yours,
Hermann P. Walz-President

Great work District 7230!

To everyone who attended the Outreach Food event on Saturday a big Thank You! These types of hands on events are what the Rotary Club of Wall Street is all about. They are only possible when people step up and participate. In this case the RCWS had a great turn out. We had club members, guests, family and a very strong Pace Rotaract presence. Pace Rotaract is showing they have real leadership and member involvement. As club President I was very proud of all of you and our club. Again, Thank all of you for participating!

We received this update from End Hunger NE’s Facebook page:

October 19 at the Memorial United Methodist in White Plains NY over 800 Rotarians from 42 Rotary Clubs around Westchester, the Bronx, and Manhattan came together to package 100,002 meals for local food pantries, soup kitchens, and food banks. Each club donated $500, $1000, or more to fund the cost of the ingredients.

This massive project to feed the needy came up as a result of local Rotary clubs listening to the heartbeats of their neighbors and realizing that hunger is a problem even here.

In the United States in 2013, hunger effects one in six people (including 1 out of every 4 or 5 American kids).

Now two Rotary districts have spots in our Top Ten:
300,240 Colonial Church, Edina (Hennepin MN)
100,002 Rotary District 7230, White Plains (Westchester NY)
100,002 United Way, Warminster (Bucks PA)
75,600 Ledyard Middle School, Gales Ferry (New London CT)
60,006 Lutheran Charities of Western NY, Williamsville with help from the Buffalo Sabres (Erie NY)
57,252 Trinity United Methodist, Jersey Shore (Lycoming PA)
57,246 Upper Dublin Lutheran, Ambler (Montgomery PA)
52,002 Sanctuary, Marshfield (Plymouth MA)
51,600 Rotary District 7950, Brewster (Barnstable MA)
51,474 St John Lutheran, Brooklyn (Windham CT)

Outreach Food Pantry is Tomorrow!

Outreach Meal Packaging Program is taking place tomorrow, October 19. We are packaging prepared dry meals for donation to food pantries. Our clubs contribution will result in 10,200 prepared meals.

Packaging will take place at the United Methodist Church in White Plains, located at 250 Bryant Avenue, White Plains, NY.

Directions from the Sprain Brook Parkway:

Head east on Rt 287 to Exit 9A. Get off exit 9A, go slightly to the right onto Westchester Avenue. In one quarter mile make a slight right onto Bryant Avenue. The church will be on the right hand side in one mile.

We are donating these meals to St. Francis Food Pantries who has a network of food pantries they will distribute to in NYC.

Haven’t signed up yet? It’s not too late to help out.

Click here to register on Volunteer Spot.

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What’s an Urban Shelter Kit?

IMG_1707 This fall, RCWS is working on a project to create Urban Shelter Kits. What’s an Urban Shelter Kit?  The kits are filled with items that homeless New Yorkers need:
2 pair socks
soap holder
toothbrush holder
2 washcloths
sleeping bag
solar lantern

Our plan is to build 100 kits and distribute them this winter. To kick off the project, we’ll collect items at our meetings. Starting at our October 16, we’ll collect toothbrushes.

If you’re interested in holding a collection for items at your office or home, please reach out to us at

October 9 Restaurant Night

We are meeting at 6pm in Joseph’s [Italian food] at 3 Hanover Square for our October 9 meeting.

It is another great opportunity to relax, hang out and discuss some of the projects we are working on.

Cost to Club members is $25. Guests and Visiting Rotarians are welcome and the cost for them is $40. [It includes a full three course meal from appetizers through dessert.]

We need a head count so please let us know if you are coming by signing up using this form.

Click here to sign up

Outreach Food Pantry – Volunteer Sign Up

Outreach Meal Packaging Program is taking place Saturday, October 19th. We are packaging prepared dry meals for donation to food pantries. Our club’s contribution is $2,550 which will result in 10,200 prepared meals. We need up to 10 volunteers to help package.

Packaging will take place at the United Methodist Church in White Plains, located at 250 Bryant Avenue, White Plains, NY. There will be two shifts 3-6pm and 6-9pm.

Each meal serves up to six people. So our 10,200 meals are actually serving 61,200 people. To date RCWS is the largest donor out of the entire district. We are donating these meals to St. Francis Food Pantries who has a network of food pantries they will distribute to in NYC.

Click here to sign up to volunteer

Gift of Life: fundraising results

Congratulations to Stanley and the entire club. As you know September 18 was our yearly fundraiser for the “Gift of Life.” Stanley Kules arranged for this event at Maggie’s Place where he tended bar and all tips through the event went to “Gift of Life.” The event was a success on all fronts. First we raised $1,200 from members and guests. In addition, we received an extra $1,000 from Maggie’s Place for winning their bar contest. We raised $2,200 for “Gift of Life” in one night. Thank you to everyone who attended and congratulations to Stanley Kules for organizing this event!


Have a Drink and Help Save a Baby’s Life

Please join The Rotary Club of Wall Street on September 18th from 6-8pm for our second Guest Bar Tender Night at Maggie’s Place, a fine eating and drinking establishment, located at 47th St. and Madison Ave. The format of the evening is to have a great time supporting a great cause, The Gift of Life Foundation.

There are no cover charges or raffles. Maggie’s Place has generously allowed us to collect all the tips that you would normally provide to the Bartenders. We have grand plans to multiply the proceeds, raised from the night, through matching grants from corporate sponsors and Rotary. So, your modest contribution will truly go a long way towards saving a young child’s life. Last year’s event was great fun and we expect a huge turnout this year. Please join us and help us support a great cause!

For more than 30 years, Rotary Clubs have supported the Gift of Life International program. During this time, the equivalent of $500 million has been raised and more than 10,000 children, from over 60 countries, have been saved. We help fund a heart operation for a young child who is in dire need of a operation that is not available in their native community. We bring the child and the mother to NYC and provide housing for them in our homes. We provide financial assistance and work with local hospitals to provide heart surgeries at a significantly reduced rate by dedicated Health professionals. In the short 4 year history of our club we have assisted with surgeries for 2 Gift of Life children.