June 24, 2020 - It took less than two months for the Sangam Charitable Foundation of Fort Wayne and the Rotary Clubs of Fort Wayne and Summit City South to raise $50,000 for the newly established COVID-19 Relief Fund.
Relief funds went toward purchasing:
• 1,000 isolation gowns and face masks for Lutheran and Parkview hospitals’ front-line staff
• Personal protective equipment (PPE) for Matthew 25, Neighborhood Health and Rescue Mission staffs
Dr. V.R. Prasad Nalamolu, a local cardiologist and member of the Sangam Foundation board said in a news release, “Over 9,000 health care workers have been infected with COVID-19. We know that the frontline workers are at the highest risk. On a daily basis there has been a tremendous commitment by doctors, nurses, technicians, janitors, and administrators to ‘form a line.’ They are answering the call and showing up for work to keep us safe. We felt that the best way to honor them would be to support their service. Sangam Charitable Foundation is proud to lend our support to such a worthy cause.”
He added, “In short, as a community, we will succeed together.”
The three organizations established the Relief Fund in late April, with members of the Sangam Charitable Foundation raising $25,000 within the first week.
Holli Seabury, president of the Rotary Club of Fort Wayne, said, “The generosity of the Sangam Charitable Foundation members is legendary. In our club’s work with them, I have been amazed time and again. They are pillars of charity in the greater Fort Wayne community, along with the Jyothi Corp., with whom we have collaborated on numerous charitable projects in India.”
Rotary is an international humanitarian service organization with numerous service projects locally and around the world. The Sangam Charitable Foundation supports area charitable, educational, religious and cultural activities. Sangam board members ordered the difficult-to-obtain PPE through their approved medical suppliers.
The Rotary Club of Fort Wayne has participated in several Rotary International global grants projects in India. Through those projects, the club has cultivated friendships with the Fort Wayne Indian community, who developed the Sangam Charitable Foundation in 1984.
“For the past few years our Rotary Club has participated in projects helping medical facilities in India,” Seabury said. “When our Fort Wayne community had a need, our friends at Sangam reached out to us to partner in raising funds for our local hospitals and other groups. We have seen our international partnership truly come full circle to help our health care workers in the Fort Wayne region.”
Sangam Charitable Foundation has supported local organizations that include Easter Seals Arc, YWCA, Matthew 25, Crossroad Child & Family Services, St. Mary’s Church, Purdue Fort Wayne, and the India Studies program at IU Bloomington.