The project started about 14 years ago when the late Dave Keltner, a member of Lebanon Breakfast Rotary Club, and former noon club member Steve Heydel teamed up to meet a growing need in the community. It became an annual project for the Breakfast Rotary Club
On June 18, 12 members installed units for 13 local families. Another five units were donated to the Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency and Senior Citizens Awareness Network.
Tom Ferraro leads the effort for the club each year and said it’s a chance for the club to live out the Rotary motto of service above self.
“It’s a chance to actually go into the lives of some of our most vulnerable population and be of some small service to them,” Ferraro said. “Everyone is extremely grateful and appreciative.”
The recipients are identified by the Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency, which also helped with the installation. Since the project began, more than 300 air conditioners have been given to local residents.
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 more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work impacts lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world.