FAMSCO gathers useful medical, emergency care, educational and other equipment and supplies for use by needy communities in developing countries.
As we move forward in the next five years, we will:
- Work more closely with recipient clubs to better understand their needs and develop systems to respond more effectively to those needs
- Enable Rotarians in District 6000 and beyond to assist communities in need worldwide
- Create a model non-profit for the collection and distribution of surplus medical and emergency response supplies and equipment
We Will Help:
- Victims of natural disasters, both at home and abroad
- Partner organizations that understand their communities’ needs
- Developing countries throughout the world
We Will Engage Volunteers By:
- Acquiring a permanent location that will be attractive for volunteer involvement
- Hiring a staff member to optimize volunteer support
- Encouraging every club in District 6000 to have an active FAMSCO committee
We Will Provide Services That Include:
- Multi-site warehouses with inventory control
- Customized order fulfillment for recipients
- Clean donated medical supplies and emergency response equipment
We Will Raise Funds for FAMSCO Through:
- A capital campaign involving Rotarians, environmental groups, medical professionals, and others through an off-Board steering committee
- An annual mail solicitation to “Friends of FAMSCO”
- Text-enabled donations
- Fundraising events undertaken by each FAMSCO committee in the District 6000 clubs
We Will Raise Awareness of FAMSCO By:
- Encouraging each District 6000 club FAMSCO committee to identify & visit potential donors & supporters in their respective communities
- Utilizing social media
- Exhibiting at Rotary International Conferences and Project Fairs
What does FAMSCO mean?
The Fire and Medical Supply Company (FAMSCO) was founded in 1990 by the Rotarians of District 6000 of Iowa, USA in cooperation with District 4250 of Central America (Guatemala, Honduras and Belize). FAMSCO’s original purpose was to collect donated firefighting and medical vehicles, equipment, and supplies to be shipped to and distributed in Central America. Fire trucks, ambulances, and a number of school buses were shipped to Central America (see some examples by going to our News section and scrolling down the page to historical photos) for use by professional and volunteer fire departments. Equipment shipped included firefighting equipment (coats, pants, boots, tools, hoses, pumps, etc.) and a broad range of medical equipment including X-Ray machines, dental chairs and sterilizing suites as well as simple equipment including wheelchairs, crutches and bedpans, and everything in between. Medical supplies such as bed linens, surgical instruments, surgical scrubs, patient gowns, blankets and other consumables have made up a part of every shipment. To date, more than 100 vehicles and over three hundred tons of equipment and supplies have been shipped by FAMSCO to Central America and distributed by Rotarians there.
As our work evolved, and international shipping became more difficult in a post 9/11 world, we are no longer shipping vehicles. Our focus is now purely on equipment and supplies to be used by fire and medical teams.