Submitted by  Dr. Honora Norton, RCSL Public Image Director
Rotary Club of Sun Lakes has been very active with the East Valley's Welcome to America Project (WTAP). The Welcome to America Project shares transportation, technology, and transformational resources to enhance success, so that refugees do not just resettle in our country, they find community and flourish. WTAP creates impacts that last a lifetime for the refugees as well as the volunteers who serve. 
The Tempe-based WTAP is proud to celebrate over 20 years of creating meaningful interactions and providing needed resources to refugees becoming our new Phoenix neighbors. In that time, the organization has welcomed more than 15,000 refugees from more than 40 countries, helping them find community and flourish. In the coming year, they will assist more than 2,000 incoming Afghan refugees.
In early April 2022, partnering with WTAP, Rotary Club of Sun Lakes volunteers donated, purchased, packed, delivered and set up items for the bathrooms in an East Valley apartment of a refugee family of seven (mother, father and 4 kiddos). Additionally, RCSL members did a "Saturday Delivery" to families in the West Valley (mostly along the I-17 corridor). 
They met at the WTAP warehouse for orientation before meeting the families and delivering the furniture and supplies. Each family received a few helpful household supplies (like the cleaning supplies RCSL had collected) and fill-in furnishings to complete a comfortable home and most importantly a warm and friendly welcome.
RCSL has several other projects planned with WTAP during April including a couple of packing days-sorting and getting items ready for "Saturday deliveries" and an evening of bike repair.
The RCSL volunteers, including ASU Rotaract Rotarians and Rotarians from other area Rotary Clubs, participated in the complete furnishing of an entire apartment located in the East Valley, including food for the family's first week in the apartment.  During the East Valley apartment project, RCSL partnered with several other Rotary Clubs and the resettlement agency International Rescue Committee (IRC).
 Over 4 million refugees have been forced to flee Ukraine. IRC sends vital supplies to displaced children and families.
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Rotary Club of Sun Lakes members, along with ASU Rotaract members, assisted with picking up items from the Welcome to America Project warehouse, delivering and setting up items at refugee families' East Valley apartments, as well as meeting and greeting the families. (Photos by Roger Edmonds)
Judi Edmonds