Our Story – The Beginning
Founded in 1992 by members of the Mineola-Garden City Rotary Club, RotaCare was created to serve the needs of the uninsured on Long Island. Working with the Mary Brennan Interfaith Nutrition Network in Hempstead, NY, volunteers recognized that, in addition to food, the medical needs of their clients were not being met adequately by the health care system. Through the collaborative efforts of the Rotary Club, local health care professionals, area residents and an initial grant from Grumman Corporation, a “MASH” team was formed to operate weekly at the INN's soup kitchen. RotaCare was born.
When more space became necessary, RotaCare moved to the A. Holly Patterson Extended Care Facility in Uniondale in January 2009. A staff of doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, clerical staff and translators volunteered and continue to give selflessly of their time and talent to help uninsured individuals and families receive access to vital health care services. As a result of its integral involvement and benefit to the community, RotaCare Incorporated as a not-for-profit 501 (c)3 organization and became a Rotary District 7250 project. Since its inception, RotaCare has been supported by concerned companies, organizations, individuals and grants to sustain its good works and benefits to the community by facilitating free health care to people in need.