Funds for COVID-19 Community Health & Safety
Our Club recently spearheaded a $53,000 COVID-19 grant to be used to fund life-saving medical equipment, PPE, and food for several local organizations dealing with COVID-19 community safety and health.
The BCC Rescue Squad received funding for hazmat suits and specialized decontamination equipment to sanitize ambulances, equipment, and facilities for five area squads: BCC, North Bethesda, Bethesda, Cabin John, and Glen Echo. MobileMed, which provides medical services for low-income county residents received funding for diagnostic equipment and PPE. So What Else, which is distributing food and other essential items to families in need during the crisis, will receive funding for food and PPE. You can read more in our press release.
This newly-awarded grant received funding from several organizations, including the Metro Bethesda Rotary Foundation, individual club members, and the Rotary Foundation of Washington, D.C., along with matching funds from Rotary District 7620, and the Rotary International World Fund. Learn more in our Press Release.
Nourish Now & So What Else Food Distribution
Club members provide monthly help to Nourish Now, a Montgomery County food bank that specializes in food recovery from grocery stores, restaurants and other food donors. MBR also supports So What Else, which typically provides out-of-school programming for underserved youth. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Club members help with So What Else's distribution of food and other essential items to community members in need who are unable to access services.
Refugee Home Setups
In partnership with Lutheran Social Services, our Club sets up home for incoming refugee families. We gather, deliver and set up all of the needed household supplies and furniture, stock the refrigerator and pantry, cook several welcoming meals, and overall create a warm and welcoming home.
Clean StreamĀ 
Our Club, in partnership with Rock Creek Conservancy, periodically cleans up trash in Rock Creek Park. Community members are invited to join us!
KIND Food Delivery & Bethesda Cares
Every six weeks, Club members help Kids in Need Distributors (KIND) with their delivery of weekend food packs to schools with students who rely on school meal programs and need supplies over the weekend. In another program to help alleviate hunger locally, Metro Bethesda Rotarians help Bethesda Cares prepare and serve lunch to homeless community members every several months. During the pandemic, Bethesda Cares has asked that we conduct food/grocery card drives.
International Projects
Tower Garden Initiative
Metro Bethesda Rotary donated Tower Gardens to Montgomery County schools and KID Museum. Tower gardens use aeroponics to grow plants with only water and nutrients rather than dirt. Research has found aeroponic systems grow plants three times faster and produce significantly greater yields. The program is designed to help spark youth interest in healthy eating, gardening, STEM, and cultural diversity of food.
Feeding the Frontlines & Collection Drives
During COVID-19 quarantines and business shutdowns, our Club has designed a matching gifts program that supports local restaurants while helping to feed local hospital staff and first responders. Metro Bethesda Rotary also partners with a wide array of non-profits to help fulfill their in-kind needs. This year we collected diapers, school backpacks, feminine hygiene products, bras, and much more.
Purple Tee Golf Tournament
The Purple Tee Golf Classic is the Club's biggest fundraiser of the year! This year the Purple Tee will be held on September 30, 2020 at Whiskey Creek Golf Course in Ijamsville, MD. Beneficiaries include The Salute Military Golf Association, Team River Runners, and the Metro Bethesda Rotary Foundation. We welcome you as a sponsor or player. Learn more about the Purple Tee and register now!