Rotary and ShelterBox have worked together for more than 20 years, offering aid worldwide to thousands of families that have been devastated by disaster and conflict.


Founded in 2000 by a Rotary member in the United Kingdom, ShelterBox provides emergency shelter and essential supplies to help communities through their toughest times.

Every disaster is different, and every community is different. ShelterBox doesn't believe that one set of solutions works in all situations, so its team members spend time talking with affected families to make sure it can help them in the right way. By putting families first, ShelterBox provides the support families need to transform their own lives.

Partners in aid

ShelterBox and Rotary officially became project partners in disaster relief in 2012. This partnership is instrumental to Rotary's disaster response strategy. One of the most important elements of the relationship is the opportunity for Rotary members to serve countries affected by disasters. Members can also take action by connecting their own communities with disaster-affected communities worldwide. By working together, we're able to combine resources to support areas immediately after a disaster and make a start on long-term recovery.

"So often, with any response, Rotarians and Rotaractors are our first contacts. They help us identify safe and unsafe areas, the right places to set up base. They provide drivers and translators. We wouldn't have the impact we do without the partnership."

— Ned Morris, a member of a ShelterBox response team and the Rotary Club of Walla Walla, Washington, USA

The partnership's impact

Rotary is the cornerstone upon which ShelterBox is built, and remains in the DNA of everything that ShelterBox does. It was a Rotarian's "people of action" spirit that founded ShelterBox in 2000 and because of Rotary's vast global network the two organizations have helped over 1.6 million people in 100 countries. More recently the partnership has ensured that lifesaving shelter and aid has helped families protect from the threat of coronavirus.

Do you want to volunteer with ShelterBox?

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