Rotary Raises Money for Generator
JANUARY 25, 2018 – In small towns across this country, folks tend to wear many hats.
So it should come as no surprise that many members of the Rotary Club of Newburg are also associated with the Newburg Volunteer Fire Department (NVFD).
The NVFD expressed the need for a generator to aid in offering the fire hall as an emergency shelter in times of need, and Rotary stepped up to help.
Firefighter and Rotarian Tom Willis recalled that during the two or so weeks many area residents were without electricity during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the fire hall could provide water and MREs – meals ready to eat – to residents of the area.
With the addition of the generator, the department is able to serve as an emergency shelter, with electricity, heat, water and sanitation facilities. The Preston County Health Department is giving the department cots that can be kept on hand for emergencies.
King headed up the committee that began seeking grants for a generator: an estimated $10,380 was needed.
Newburg is small – 313 people lived in the corporate limits in 2016, according to the U.S. Census – so the Rotary reached out to businesses in the surrounding area and other clubs as well.
Greer Industries responded with a $4,000 donation, and Jennings Excavation with $500. The Morgantown Rotary and individual Rotary members gave more than $1,000.
The Generators Plus grant program donated $5,000. Other donations bought tnd filled the propane tank that will fuel the generator.
The 20 kilowatt generator has been installed and is ready to use.
“It’s just really great when everybody comes together,” said Paul White, Rotary Club of Newburg president.
Story courtesy of the Dominion Post.