ROTARY POVERTY INITIATIVE

 

The Cedar City Rotary Club supports the work of eradicating poverty in Iron County. As members of a worldwide organization that focuses on economic and community development, maternal and child health, and basic education and literacy, we believe we have a responsibility to support local programs and organization that have the power to improve residents’ lives by lifting them out of poverty and giving them the tools to remain that way. We recognize that our county’s high rate of poverty, and especially intergenerational poverty, is somewhat invisible to many residents; however, the data and our service experiences tell us otherwise. For these reasons, we will continue to serve, lead, educate, and support efforts to lift our neighbors and improve the lives of all who live here.

Over the past several years our Rotary Club has supported the following projects in an effort to improve the lives of residents in Iron County:

  • Ongoing support for the Canyon Creek Crisis Center
  • Ongoing support for the Iron County Care and Share
  • Ongoing support of scholarships to Southwest Technical College
  • We renovated and assist in the maintenance of the Iron County Food Pantry located by the soccer fields at Cedar High School
  • We provide food for children at Fiddler’s Elementary working with the Utah Food Bank and the Iron County School District
  • We assist in providing supplies for the Wellness Rooms in the Iron County School District
  • This is not an all-inclusive list – we strive to continuously serve those in need locally.

Longtime Rotarian and past-President, Neal Smith, is committed to this endeavor.  He hosts a weekly radio show on KSUB News Radio (FM 107.7 and AM 590) on Tuesday mornings at 6:30am.  You can find out more information about Intergenerational Poverty and listen to broadcasts of this program by following this link: Iron County Local Homeless Council.

Resources:    Iron County Care and Share - Emergency Homeless Shelter and Community                                                                             Food Pantry

                        Canyon Creek Services - Provides shelter and services to victims of domestic                                                                             violence

                      Angel Flight West - They arrange donated flights for people in need

We wish to extend heartfelt appreciation to Tim Nesmith for hosting, and Townsquare Media for donating the airtime to, the Intergenerational Poverty Initiative. Without their ongoing support these broadcasts would not be possible.

Intergenerational Poverty Radio Broadcasts:

2024 Radio Broadcasts

5-14-2024    Cedar City Police Chief Darin Adams discussing the impact of poverty Part I

                       Cedar City Police Chief Darin Adams discussing the impact of poverty Part II

5-6-2024       Amy Bates speaking on Foster Care Part I

                        Amy Bates speaking on Foster Care Part II

4-30-2024    Joanne Brattain speaking on Angel Flight West Part I

                      Joanne Brattain speaking on Angel Flight West Part II 

4-22-2024    Alex Neville, Veterans Service Officer, speaking on earned benefits Part I

                     Alex Neville, Veterans Service Officer, speaking on earned benefits Part Il

4-9-2024    Children’sJustice Center Part I

                  Children’sJustice Center Part II

4-2-2024    John Fenn past American Legion Commander discussing their support of Boys State and the new Veterans Cemetery Part 1

                   John Fenn past American Legion Commander discussing their support of Boys State and the new Veterans Cemetery Part 2 

3-12-2024    Jen Shooley talking about the Boy Scouts Part 1

                    Jen Shooley talking about the Boy Scouts Part 2

2-27-2024    HaroldFrazier (American Legion) discusses expanded VA Clinic Part 1

                    Harold Frazier (American Legion) discusses expanded VA Clinic Part 2

2-20-2024    JacobMiner from the Utah Food Bank Part 1

                    Jacob Miner from the Utah Food Bank Part 2

2-13-2024    Connie Furnival from the Family Support Center Part 1

                    Connie Furnival from the Family Support Center Part 2

2-6-2024      Pam Branin, SUU Community Engagement Center Part 1

                    Pam Branin, SUU Community Engagement Center Part 2 

1-23-2024    Youth Futures Part 1

                    Youth Futures Part 2

1-16-2024    Jerry VanIwaarden from the Southern Utah Veterans Coalition Part 1

                    Jerry VanIwaarden from the Southern Utah Veterans Coalition Part 2

1-9-2024      James Jetton, Iron County Care & Share Part 1

                    James Jetton, Iron County Care & Share Part 2