Bellevue Sunrise Rotary Appliance Program

The Bellevue Sunrise Rotary, recognizing its commitment to the ideal of service to others in our community, established the Appliance Program in 2017 to support families in need. The program serves local families in Bellevue and Renton who cannot afford to replace a broken appliance — whether that be a stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, etc

Member Rod Kirkwood, working with local organizations, identifies and screens candidate families. Bellevue Sunrise Rotary supplies the funds to its business partner, Renton’s King & Bunny's Appliances, to purchase the appliances at their cost. Then King & Bunny's provides the manpower to remove the non-functioning appliances, followed by the installation of new ones. 

To date 102 appliances have been placed, each at a cost of around $550, with families in need across Renton and Bellevue. They helped families of all kinds, from a widow who lost her husband and was unable to keep up with getting things fixed in her home, to a single mother of three who couldn't afford to fix the family stove — confining family cooking to an outdoor barbecue. 

"For all of us involved in this project it is deeply gratifying to witness the immediate positive impact these appliances have on the lives of those in need in our local community”, according to Bellevue Sunrise President Greg Piantanida.  “Our goal is to make this a perpetual program, one that serves our neighbors next year and beyond”.

Bellevue Sunrise Rotary is working with the WSU Foundation to establish a Rotary scholarship at the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine to help reduce the shortage of physicians in vast areas of the state. The “Service Above Self” mission reflects not only the mission of the Rotary Districts across the world but reflects the mission and vision the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine has for the State of Washington.