Posted by Pete Leenhouts on Aug 17, 2018
Club Rotarians will set up a Shelterbox tent and supplies at the Community Picnic at H.J. Carroll County Park Sunday, August 19th, 2018, under the direction of Rotarian Tim Jablonski. The Club supports efforts by the Chimacum High School Interact club to purchase and donate a Shelterbox tent and supplies each year. 

Rotary International currently has a number of partner organizations. One of these is ShelterBox, an organization that provides emergency shelter and supplies to assist survivors immediately after a disaster. Shelterbox was started by a Rotarian from Cornwall, in England, Tom Henderson.


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 rebuild 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. Here's a good introduction to the Shelterbox Charity.


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. A good example of response teams in action can be seen here, as teams, with embedded Rotarians, respond to flooding in Kenya, and here, as Shelterbox and Rotary responds to the recent earthquakes on the island of Lombok, in Indonesia.


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.


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. Learn more about the partnership in this brief video.


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


The Chimacum High School Interact Club partners with the Rotary Club of East Jefferson County to support Shelterbox. The Rotary Club will display the Shelterbox tent and equipment at the All-County Picnic at H.J. Carroll County Park Sunday, August 8th, from 11 am - 4pm. We’ll set the tent up under the direction of Rotarian Tim Jablonski, set out all the equipment and the transport boxes, and answer questions from the general public about Rotary’s support of disaster relief, both through Shelterbox and through local Rotary Clubs all around the world.


The Chimacum High School Interact Club conducts a car wash in April to raise money to buy a Shelterbox so that it can be made ready and donated to a disaster site anywhere in the world. The Interact students have raised money every year since 2010 to donate a Shelterbox, nine so far, 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, part of the more than 100,000 Shelterboxes deployed around the world.


For more local information about our support of the Shelterbox program, please contact Tim Jablonski or T.J. Plastow, who serves as the Club’s Interact Committee Chair.


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






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