Great Clubs do Great Things: 380 Rotary Club Supports 29 Acres
29 Acres is a “safe and dynamic supported living community where adults with autism and other neuro-diversities will live and be supported, enabling them to build relationships, feel value, success, and happiness in their lives.” The community is located in Cross Roads, TX, and, as the name suggests, is situated on a beautiful 29-acre property. The community was founded after recognizing the needs of young adults who were completing school and had limited options for adult housing and community support.
The idea to support 29 Acres came to the 380 Rotary Club from Club Administration Chair Caroline Eckel. Caroline is a parent to two school-age children with special needs and, upon learning about 29 Acres, invited a speaker from the organization to visit their Club. Once the presentation was made, the Club decided to couple an Amazon Wish List support-fundraiser with their monthly Happy Hour Social. It was a tremendous success!
The 380 Rotary Club is a newer club in District 5790, and they were founded using a live-virtual combination format. The live-streamed meetings have allowed members to stay connected regardless of location, recognizing the needs of Rotarians to have flexibility in attendance and participation. They have also allowed this Club to negotiate our current stay-at-home environment without missing a beat. 
When asked what makes the 380 Rotary Club special, President Sina Tidwell noted, “Our members want to be People of Action, and we are in a position to support new and established organizations in our community.” She further commented that the live-virtual format of the Club makes it “fun to take a century-old organization, hold true to the value and commitment, yet create a culture for today.”