Posted by Meg Schmieder , Community Program Coordinator, ShelterBox Canada

In her December 2021 Newsletter, Meg SchmeiderCommunity Program Coordinator at ShelterBox Canada, knows that Rotarians and everyone at Shelterbox do not stop for the holidays. She thanks Rotarians who have been relentless in the pursuit of providing lifesaving shelter this year through fundraising and on-the-ground support. Here's more of her newsletter.....

ShelterBox Update DECEMBER 2021:

We’ve got Rotarians to thank for a year of incredible service.

Disasters don't stop for the holidays, and neither will we. From the recent distributions of emergency ShelterBox’s in Haiti to our response in Honduras, Rotarians have been relentless in the pursuit of providing lifesaving shelter this year through fundraising and on-the-ground support!

Hurricane Iota and Eta ushered in the new 2021 year and brought a wave of destruction across Central America. The Rotary Club of San Pedro Sula’s local knowledge, connections, and networks, were vital throughout ShelterBox’s response. Rotarians did amazing behind-the-scenes work throughout the response, including coordinating the arrival and unloading of eleven 40-foot containers, arranging the tax exemption, and providing and managing a warehouse for safe and secure storage. Without Rotary, we would have struggled to get our shelter support into Honduras.

The work of ShelterBox has been made possible because of charitable support from Rotary Clubs and Rotarians like you. An amazing $450,000 has been raised this year by Canadian Rotary Clubs & Rotarians alike. As we prepare to enter 2022, our team at ShelterBox wanted to express our deepest thanks to all Rotarians who have put our official project partnership in disaster relief into action!

The New Year will bring a new set of challenges with the climate crisis on the rise but together we can make a real difference to families in need after a disaster. Your support of ShelterBox Canada means more families have shelter, water, and the tools they need to rebuild their lives. Find out more here:

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Read our Current Operations to see more countries your support is working in.

For more information about ShelterBox and to learn more about where we are responding, visit us at

Click here to read a story about what it takes to train for a ShelterBox Response team. 

Meg Schmeider

Community Program Coordinator, ShelterBox Canada

Member of the  Rotaract Club of Sarnia-Lambton


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GET CONNECTED: Join the conversation : 

Did you know that there is a Rotary and ShelterBox Support Group on Facebook? It is a group that brings together Rotarians, ShelterBox Supporters, Staff and ShelterBox Response Teams to discuss all things ShelterBox and Rotary. It is a great place to see the latest operations updates, Rotary deployment information and video content to share with your Rotary Club. If you would like to join the group and conversation, please search for “Rotary and ShelterBox Support Group” on Facebook and ask to join the conversation!



Looking for speakers this Rotary year? We would love to tell your club even more about ShelterBox and the impact Rotarians make. Request a speaker:


Join the ShelterBox community today and you’ll receive exclusive updates about where ShelterBox is working, how you’re aid supports families, and stories directly from the people you are helping.

But more importantly, you’ll be joining a community of passionate individuals who are impatient to see a world where no one is left without shelter.

We’ll be sending you a first-hand look at what life is like for families affected by disaster, and how our global ShelterBox network works to help these families self-recover. You’ll receive exclusive news, stories, videos, and more — right to your inbox.

Join today, and be a shining light in the dark for families recovering from disaster.


About ShelterBox Canada: Canada is a registered charity that has been a part of the global ShelterBox network since 2010. We have a team of over 120 volunteers across the country who share their passion with us and help us raise awareness and fundraise across the country. There are ten Canadian ShelterBox Response Team members who work tirelessly with the rest of the International Response Team to deliver aid to families who need it around the world. To learn more about our board and staff click here .

ShelterBox and Rotary are official project partners in international disaster relief. ShelterBox is a registered charity independent of Rotary International and the Rotary Foundation.  Since  2012, we have been neighbours, friends and community leaders. Their aim is to create positive, lasting change in communities at home and all over the world.project partners with Rotary International, a global community of 1.2 million. Rotary has supported ShelterBox from the start when a local club championed the simple idea to package up essential shelter items in our now-iconic ShelterBoxes. As ShelterBox grew, so did Rotary support, and we are now international project partners in disaster relief. This partnership has helped us to become who we are today. Our global network of ShelterBox affiliates, which provides all-round assistance, evolved from Rotary relationships.



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