Ready to have fun and make a difference for the community? Then plan to join us on Saturday, July 27 when the DeKalb Rotary Council holds its annual FODAC Equipment Drive. The day starts with breakfast at the 57th Fighter Group Restaurant on Clairmont Road in Chamblee at 8 AM.
This service project is to accomplish the collection of donated home medical equipment and/or supplies for the Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC) a 501c3 organization located in Stone Mountain, Georgia. FOCAC targets items that are in high demand from their clients, adult and pediatric. FODAC refurbishes all equipment and then donates it with little or no cost to prequalified clients. These items will include: medical supplies, bathroom equipment, grab bars, children's adaptive equipment, and other assistive technology. FODAC accept gently used manual and electric wheelchairs (including footrests), scooters, standers, strollers, corner chairs, gait trainers, shower supports, toilet supports, therapy aides, specialized mattresses (no regular mattresses), canes, crutches, rollators, bathing aids, braces, air casts walkers, hoyer lifts, hospital beds and many other items. Last year, the Council was able to collect over $250,000 in equipment for FODAC and we hope to
do the same or better this year.
We usually meet at the back patio of the 57th Restaurant, which is located next to PDK Airport on Clairmont Road in Chamblee, at 8 AM where we provide breakfast and drinks for the volunteers and give everyone a few minutes to socialize before heading out to pickup equipment about 9 or 9:30. Everyone is usually done between 1 and 2. We would love to have anyone that is interested in volunteering join us. This is a really good hands on project and is also a good project to bring prospective members to as well. I have attached a volunteer questionnaire sheet that asks some questions about the physical abilities of the volunteers and the vehicles/trailers that they will be bringing. Having this info beforehand allows us to schedule the equipment pickups by groups and is vital to making sure we get the right people and vehicles to go get the equipment. We are picking up power wheelchairs, adjustable beds, body hoists, walkers, crutches, etc. and so any of your volunteers who are strong and/or have large trucks and/or trailers will be very much welcomed. But, please let anyone that is interested volunteer regardless of their strength or vehicles as they can come join us for breakfast, ride along with the teams and/or help record and transfer equipment from the team trucks to the FODAC trucks at the 57th.
If you are interested in participating - or have equipment you would like to have picked up, contact President Cathie.