Service above self

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Spreading good will locally and globally

Founded in 1990, the Keene Elm City Rotary Club (KECR) is a member of Rotary International, which works on a variety of humanitarian causes worldwide. These include improving the health and wellbeing of children, a primary focus of this chapter’s work in and around Keene, New Hampshire. The organization’s motto says it all: “Service Above Self.”

Locally, this service includes providing scholarships to students, organizing youth exchange programs, mentoring young people, feeding those in need, especially children, and much more. Part of the chapter’s work involves partnering with other nonprofits to amplify existing efforts. For example, KECR collaborates with local organizations working to deliver food to children and families through the school system. They also run programs to feed kids during summer breaks and other holidays when school is not in session.

 

“I know what it feels like to go to school with an empty belly. That’s why I’m dedicated to doing whatever it takes to make life better for these children.”

– Cheryl Belair, Owner and President, The Insurance Source Inc.

 

A mile in their shoes

Cheryl Belair, the owner and president of The Insurance Source Inc., has been a member of KECR for 28 years, and her agency has supported the nonprofit nearly as long. She’s seen firsthand the good work the organization does for local kids in need. She’s also motivated by personal experience.

“I work with KECR because I know what it feels like to go to school with an empty belly, and to return home feeling that same knot of hunger,” said Belair. “That’s why I’m dedicated to doing whatever it takes to make life better for these children.”

The agency’s support includes working on KECR’s “Move Everyday Sneaker Project,” which provides a new pair of individually fitted sneakers to every second grader in Cheshire County, New Hampshire — about 700 pairs annually! For many of these children, these are the first pair of brand new sneakers they have ever owned, and the first that fit them properly. The program also teaches kids the importance of daily exercise in maintaining physical and mental health.

Belair recalls one particular sneaker delivery event where she met a boy whose toes were popping through the front of his shoes because they were too small for him. She helped him find new sneakers that fit perfectly, and as soon as he got them on his feet, he jumped up, threw his arms around her and declared, “These sneakers are so awesome they make me want to dance!” The moment brought Belair to tears. It’s just one example among many of how meaningful this program is to the kids who need it.

Along with making financial donations, Belair and her staff of five also volunteer about 250 hours a year to KECR programs. In addition to the sneaker project, they work in KECR’s Community Kitchen and make weekly deliveries of food baskets to families experiencing hunger and food insecurity.

 

The power of collaboration

Solving daunting problems such as childhood hunger requires coordination and teamwork. And this type of collaboration is precisely what The Insurance Source Inc. and KECR represent in their community.

“The commitment to service shown by Cheryl Belair and her staff is so inspiring,” said KECR President Ann Looney. “Their leadership and collaboration demonstrate what’s possible when people come together for the common good.”

 

“The commitment to service shown by Cheryl Belair and her entire staff is so inspiring,” said KECR President Ann Looney. “They demonstrate what’s possible when people come together for the common good.”

– Ann Looney, President, Keene Elm City Rotary Club

 

A lasting contribution

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Joe
1 day ago

Wonderful work, GREAT JOB!

Amar
6 days ago

Make it happen

Michael Verrier
6 days ago

I’m voting for Shakespeare! Go Gizelle

Nancy
10 days ago

Great Work Everyone

paul
10 days ago

It could only happen with community -wide support

Paul
10 days ago

Great activity

Nancy
10 days ago

Well-Done

Jay Smeltz
13 days ago

So important that small businesses in our community step up to make a difference in people’s lives. Thanks IS!

Jamie White
13 days ago

It looks like you made it! 519 votes?!

Jamie White
13 days ago

So close!

Dayna G
14 days ago

Keep up the votes!!

Katherine
14 days ago

Such a good cause!

Gayle Mone
14 days ago

You can make it happen!

Rebecca
14 days ago

Congratulations Insurance Source!

Elizabeth Fox
14 days ago

Support the Insurance Source and the work of KERC in our community!

Beth
14 days ago

Comment for the kids!

James Putnam,jr
14 days ago

Great job

Susan Newcomer
14 days ago

Let’s go Insurance Source!

Matthew McGreer
14 days ago

I voted!

Ted McGreer
14 days ago

We got this KECR!

Robin Walden
14 days ago

Awesome!

Suzanne
14 days ago

Great work!!!!

AJoslyn
14 days ago

Super excited to see the votes over 500! Way to go!

Kristen G.
15 days ago

Wahoo!! We did it! Thank you all so much for your support!!

Lori B
15 days ago

We’re almost there – an amazing program

Grace
15 days ago

I’m so happy the goal was met!

Reed
15 days ago

So close, I know we can get there!

Tyra
15 days ago

500!!! Congratulations everyone, we made it!

Jan
15 days ago

Let’s get those sneakers!

Sarah
15 days ago

Sneakers!

Lynne
15 days ago

Just a few more 🙂

Barbara
15 days ago

My vote is in

Taryn
15 days ago

Let’s get those sneakers!

Jamie
15 days ago

So close!

Kendal
15 days ago

Keep up the great work everyone!

Cheryl Belair
15 days ago

WOW…I am overwhelmed with all the support we are receiving and the heartwarming comments! Please continue to share and comment…we are ALMOST there! Thank you Safeco and Liberty Mutual for this opportunity. IT IS ALL ABOUT THE KIDS!

Nancy Thompson
15 days ago

Such a great project

Gayle Mone
15 days ago

Cheryl and Insurance Source are the best!

Gayle Mone
15 days ago

Heartwarming project!

Mike
15 days ago

Great people doing great work.

Anne
15 days ago

It’s a “shoe in!”

Forrest
15 days ago

We’re so close to 500! Keep the votes coming for this phenomenal organization!

Susan Bloom Newcomer
15 days ago

So exciting! Gotham!

Beth
15 days ago

Run, run, run in those new sneakers!

Kristen Leach
15 days ago

Happy feet… happy children!

Susan Bloom Newcomer
15 days ago

Sneakers, sneakers, sneakers!

Martha Barnard
15 days ago

It’s all for the kids!

Gayle Mone
15 days ago

Such a great project!

Marion
16 days ago

It’s all about the Kids!

Daniel W
16 days ago

Great team!

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