The Rotary Club of Goodyear PebbleCreek

The Rotary Club of Goodyear PebbleCreek and students from multiple districts combined to donate more than 4,500 pounds of canned food and $3,100 to the Agua Fria Food and Clothing Bank.

The Rotary Club of Goodyear PebbleCreek (GYPC) and PebbleCreek’s Kare Bears club partnered with students from six schools to donate more than 4,500 pounds of canned food and $3,100 to the Agua Fria Food and Clothing Bank.

 Eight student leaders coordinated mini-drives in their Goodyear neighborhoods, yielding 25% of the total donations raised.

“I liked making flyers to tell my neighbors about this opportunity. We checked our doorstep for new donations every day,” said Emery Clymer, a fifth grader at Mabel Padgett Elementary School.

The Agua Fria Food and Clothing Bank serves the cities of Avondale, Buckeye, Goodyear, Litchfield Park and Tonopah. 

“We rely on our community to meet the basic needs of our most vulnerable neighbors,” food bank Executive Director Leanne Leonard said.

 Henry Raczkiewicz, chairman of the Rotary’s Community Service committee, recognized students from Agua Fria Union High School District, Litchfield Elementary School District and Palm Valley Montessori for “exceptional leadership skills and care for their community.”

Rotary Club GYPC normally meets at 7 a.m. Wednesdays in PebbleCreek’s Tuscany Falls Clubhouse. Video webinars are currently replacing in-person meetings.

Community members and local businesses interested in learning more about Rotary and guests affiliated with other Rotary Clubs may contact president-elect Joan Smith at jbsmith80@aol.com or 503-348-9468.