Community Service Opportunities

Rotarians are invited to join the Mesa West Rotary Club and participate in a hands-on service project on Tuesday, Sept. 28. 
Between the hours of 5:30 and 7:00 p.m., volunteers will be repackaging bulk foods at Midwest Food Bank.  Their facility is located at 725 East Baseline Road in Gilbert, Arizona 85233. 
There is still time to sign up  Your help is needed! Volunteers are required for the event. Click on Sign Up to view available slots and book yourself directly online.  Friends and family are also welcome to participate.
To review what we learned about Midwest Food Bank from their Director, Eric Sheldahl, at our August 19 meeting, CLICK HERE to read the program portion of the highlights article which appeared in the August 25 Messenger.
September is Literacy Month, an opportunity for Rotarians to focus our awareness of literacy and education needs in our own communities and internationally.  
Now, just in time for Literacy Month, BELRAG (Basic Education and Literacy Rotary Action Group) and Save the Children are pleased to announce a funding opportunity to support clubs’ innovative approaches to early childhood education in rural America. 
In June 2018, Rotary and Save the Children US embarked on a partnership, “Together We Read,” to increase literacy rates in rural communities through research-based early learning initiatives.
The partnership unites Save the Childrens expertise in children’s early literacy programs with Rotarys expertise in connecting community leaders and driving public awareness – all with the aim of increasing educational outcomes for young children living in poverty.
This initiative offers Rotary Clubs an opportunity to apply to for funding of $5,000-$10,000 for community-based initiatives that support Kindergarten readiness and early literacy. Up to 10 projects will be funded. Proposals are due Sept. 30, 2021.  
See attached RFP for criteria, project examples, and application form.
This is an excellent opportunity for Rotarians to receive support for their involvement in early education and literacy projects in their own communities.    
BELRAG is pleased to partner with Save the Children on this initiative and appreciates their generosity in funding these grants for US based Rotary literacy projects.
Together, we will ensure that every child and adult has opportunity to lead productive, fulfilling lives as literate individuals.  
If you would like more information about BELRAG and our outreach, please visit our website
Carolyn Johnson
Yarmouth (Maine) Rotary, District 7780 Governor, 2013-14

Chair, Basic Education & Literacy Rotary Action Group (BELRAG)
Vice-Chair, TRF Cadre of Technical Advisors, Basic Education & Literacy (2021-2024)
Water Sanitation & Hygiene in Schools Target Challenge Committee
District 7780 Global Grants Chair (2021-2024)
A crew of Mesa West Rotarians and family members had fun preparing and serving dinner Aug. 31 at Paz de Cristo in Mesa. 
The individuals who benefited from their work enjoyed a delicious meal.  Most of the food used to prepare the meal was donated by local grocery stores and restaurants, so it was a very nice meal. 
Second helpings were not allowed, but before leaving, those who attended were given "clam shells" to fill with leftovers.  They were also given bags with water, peanut butter/jelly sandwiches, etc. so each diner really received three meals. 
The crew from Mesa West included Pam Cohen, Chuck Flint, Robin Harris, Wendell and Sandra Jones, Chris and Mike Krueger, Lola McClane, Jim Schmidt, Ray Smith, Jay and Melissa Stuckey, and Steve West who brought his granddaughter, Carolyn, and son, Russell.  

Did you know that hundreds of children currently in the foster care system, and exiting the system, are still moving their belongings in trash bags?


Our Rotary club, Camelback Crossroads, has been on a mission to make sure no child ever has to do this again.


We have partnered with OCJ Kids, a local non-profit, to help provide new and gently used suitcases, backpacks, and duffle bags for Arizona foster children for the past few years. To date, we have donated over 1,000 bags and we have set a goal to collect 600 more this fall.


We would love your help to make this happen! There are several ways all our Rotary clubs can come together for these children.


First, you can have someone from our club come and talk to your club about this amazing opportunity to serve and what might best suit your club.


Second, you can collect gently used or new suitcases, backpacks and duffle bags and we will come pick them up! Another way to help is to purchase a duffle bag from our Amazon Smile wish list and send it directly to OCJ Kids.


Attached is a flyer with all this information so please let us know if there is anything we can do to support this mission that is so very important.


Thank you in advance for anything your club can do! Together, we can impact the lives of these children. 


Thank you for your support,


Mariel Olson

President of Camelback Crossroads Rotary