Rotary International currently has a number of partner organizations. One of these is ShelterBox, an organization that provides emergency shelter and supplies worldwide to assist survivors immediately after a disaster. 

Rotary works with ShelterBox in all phases of disaster relief: identifying regions that need support, volunteering in relief efforts, facilitating meetings with government officials and relief agencies, and funding supplies. Rotary can also help with logistics, including customs clearance; housing deployed teams; arranging transportation; and offering language interpretation.


Rotary International, through our local Clubs, is often deeply involved in disaster relief efforts, supporting Immediate response, short-term assistance, and long-term rebuilding and reconstruction projects. See the RI Disaster Response page for more information.

ShelterBox is an international relief charity, based in the UK, that provides immediate assistance to people affected by disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic activity, flooding, hurricanes, cyclones, tsunamis, or conflict. With 18 international affiliates (one of which is Rotary International), ShelterBox provides shelter, lifesaving equipment, and educational materials to hard-hit communities worldwide. 

Since its founding in 2000, ShelterBox has responded to more than 200 natural disasters and humanitarian crises in almost 90 countries, providing vital aid for well over 1 million people.   

How do ShelterBox response teams operate?  A highly trained ShelterBox response team, composed mainly of volunteers, distributes ShelterBoxes at the site of a disaster, working closely with local organizations, international aid agencies, and a global network of volunteers. 

Each ShelterBox, tailored to the particular disaster, typically contains a relief tent for an extended family, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack, and other essential items. Distributions may also include SchoolBoxes containing essential tools for teachers and basic educational supplies for 50 children. The tent and all equipment is signed over to the family, not to the local or national government. This video will show you what a Shelterbox kit contains.

Rotarians support Shelterbox not only by donating the tents and equipment through that non-profit, but by serving as members of the highly-trained teams that deploy to disaster sites worldwide to provide Shelterbox support. 

Each Shelterbox costs about a thousand dollars to manufacture, store, ship and set up, when the costs are all totalled up.  

The members of the Chimacum High School Interact Club partner with the Rotary Club of East Jefferson County to support Shelterbox. CHS Interact students have raised money every year since 2010 to donate a Shelterbox, and look forward to doing so again. Shelterboxes purchased by the Chimacum High School Interact Club have been deployed to Haiti, the Sudan, the Philippines, and Columbia, among other locations. 

CHS Interact students raise money for their Shelterbox donation throughout the year, most notably during the Santa Booth in early December at the Chimacum Arts and Crafts Fair at Chimacum High School. 

For more local information about our support of the Shelterbox program, please contact the Club via our email > <. 

For more information and links,  and to learn about Rotary’s other partners, see Rotary’s Partnership webpage here: