Please join me in honoring Jim Carriere, our Harbor Rotary member who recently hit a milestone. He has raised over $400,000 in funds for ShelterBox USA, an international disaster relief charity. This has earned him recognition as the organization’s top all-time fundraiser. ShelterBox delivers emergency shelter and life-saving supplies to people affected by natural disasters or conflict around the world.
“ShelterBox would not be able to help so many families in need of shelter without the exceptional efforts of volunteers who have a passion for helping people in need,” said Kerri Murray. “Jim has truly gone above and beyond and his extraordinary service to raise funds for ShelterBox has resulted in hundreds of families receiving life-saving aid.”
Carriere, who is senior vice president of First Federal Savings and Loan Association of San Rafael, has been involved with the organization for more than a decade. He served on ShelterBox USA’s board from 2010-2018, including service as board chair in 2017 and 2018.
For the last four years, Carriere has hosted a successful fundraising event for ShelterBox called Jimbalaya, in which he treats guests to cuisine from his hometown of New Orleans. In total, the event has raised more than $100,000.
A member of the Rotary Club of San Rafael Harbor, he first learned of the organization through its connection to Rotary. ShelterBox is the official Project Partner of Rotary International in disaster relief. Rotarians are often the first point of contact for the ShelterBox Response Team when they arrive in a country that has been devastated by a disaster.