The Canfield Rotary is collecting hearing aids for people on an island called Dominica. Canfield Rotary is participating in the project by helping financially and through collecting the hearing aids. The project is run by their district, which has partnered with a non-profit that will replace batteries and repair the used hearing aids that are brought in.
Dominica is a very poor country that needs help. Canfield Rotary has joined forces with Canfield schools to help the people of Dominica. Used, broken or unwanted hearing aids can be dropped off at any of the Canfield schools until March 28. All of the schools have boxes where hearing aids can be donated.
Carolina Figley, of Canfield, who is a Rotary member and the international chair said, ''I think as a human being we should help others. In our little community God has blessed us with our needs. If you have the tools you should help others. Dominica is a little community too, and they need help.''
The district plans a trip every spring where Rotary members have a chance to go to Dominica and distribute new hearing aids, replace batteries in old ones and replace ones that are broken. There is also someone who has been trained on how to replace batteries and fix hearing aids that lives in Dominica.
Canfield Rotary takes part in many community service events locally throughout the year as well as internationally. They are currently helping with a project in Chili to help rebuild a fire department that was destroyed in an earthquake.
''Helping others and sharing your blessings is what life is all about,'' Figley said.