Community Service Opportunities

The Rotary Club of Tempe Downtown is inviting other Rotary clubs to join them in a community service project to be held March 31.
 
The joint Rotary service project/social event at the Tempe Family YMCA, 7070 S. Rural Road, Tempe, 85283, 6 p.m. Thursday March 31.
 
The project benefits D2 for the Homeless.
 
We will be hearing from D2 Director Juan Te Daily about her organization and then cutting plastic grocery bags in such a way that they can be crocheted (and I mean literally crocheted) into sleeping mats for the homeless. 
 
We will need to collect a lot of plastic bags so consider having your club do a drive during the month of March (not before - too many bags and they can’t handle the volume).  
 
Please let me know by Feb. 28 if your club plans to participate in this joint service project so we can plan properly. 
 
Marni Anbar, President of the Rotary Club of Tempe Downtown.
480-540-4599
 
Keeping with its annual tradition, the Rotary Club of Goodyear PebbleCreek created bountiful boxes of food and books to enrich the holidays for families in the Southwest Valley.
 
More than two dozen Rotarians joined school administrators, school board members, and Interactors from Desert Edge High School to personally deliver the gifts to 80 families in need. Each gift box included all the fixings for a delicious holiday feast, an age-appropriate book for every child in the home, and an activity or story book for the family to enjoy together. 
 
Several committed volunteers worked hard to ensure the success of the club's signature project. Assistant District Governor Charlie Miller worked with Target on Cotton Lane in Goodyear to secure quality food at a discounted rate. Volunteers from the Avondale and Litchfield Elementary School District Foundations joined Interactors from Canyon View High School and Desert Edge High School to shop locally for the books. Community Services Committee Chairperson Henry Racvzkiewicz coordinated nearly 50 volunteers to deliver the holiday food and book boxes. 
 
This project was funded collaboratively by the Goodyear PebbleCreek Rotary Foundation, a district matching grant, and a generous donation from Albertson's.  
 
Club President Shelly Hornback said, "As Rotarians, we are passionate about serving our community. This project is particularly fun because we have so many outstanding partners that make it a robust and special experience for hundreds of children in our local schools who need extra support during the holidays."
 

Members of the Rotary Club of Surprise Sunset recently presented a check for $4,000 to the Valley View Community Food Bank in Sun City. The funds were part of a district grant to fund two roll-up doors at the food bank's new warehouse.

Janet Gooltz presents the check on behalf of the club.

 

Submitted by  Dr. Honora Norton, RCSL Public Image Chair

Rotary Club of Sun Lake’s Club President, Jon Lyons acknowledged and thanked RCSL members for donating 474 sweaters and to Gilbert’s Clothes Cabin and for donating 474 Bomba socks in support of one of the many Club’s Holiday Community Service Projects. 

The RCSL Club adopted Chandler’s Title 1 Galveston Elementary School for Christmas. On December 13th and 14th, 2021, Santa and Mrs. Claus (RCSL Rotarians Roger and Judi Edmonds) were on hand to deliver the sweater and socks gifts individually to each kiddo.  The Clothes Cabin’s mission is to help children, families, and individuals living in poverty to attain a more productive life by providing quality socks, clothes, shoes, and other support services. 

Additionally, RCSL Club President extended appreciation to RCSL Rotarians Val and Bill Crump for leading this community service project.

Sun Lakes Rotary Club (Chartered April 22, 1986) is a leadership organization made up of men and women from local businesses, professional, education, civic and emerging leaders.  RCSL meets regularly to get to know each other, form friendships, and through that RCSL is able to get things done within the East Valley and far beyond.  Come join us and share our passion for community service and friendship. 

See – www.sunlakesrotary.com for more information.

 

Submitted by  Dr. Honora Norton, RCSL Public Image Chair

The Rotary Club of Sun Lakes (RCSL) collected, put together and delivered 60 kits of cleaning supplies for Afghan families who had to evacuate Afghanistan after working with the American military or embassy. 

The families are establishing homes in the US. in cooperation with The Welcome to America Project.  Led by RCSL Rotarians Gary Kay, Kandi Skrabala and Judi Edmonds, more than 25 RCSL Rotarians participated in donating laundry detergent, hand soap, dish soap, disinfectant cleaner and sponges.

 The Welcome to America Project shares transportation, technology and transformational resources to enhance success, so that refugees do not just resettle in our country, they find community and flourish. The organization creates impacts that last a lifetime for the refugees, as well as, the volunteers who serve. 

 Sun Lakes Rotary Club (Chartered April 22, 1986) is a leadership organization made up of men and women from local businesses, professional, education, civic and emerging leaders.  RCSL meets regularly to get to know each other, form friendships, and through that RCSL is able to get things done within the East Valley and far beyond.  Come join us and share our passion for community service and friendship.  See – www.sunlakesrotary.com for more information.

 
Members of the Rotary Club of London Bridge in Lake Havasu City are working hard to make sure the holidays are a fun and festive time for families and children who might otherwise not have much to celebrate.
 
The club recently adopted 26 families in need and spent nearly $13,000 shopping for holiday gifts at the Walmart in Lake Havasu City. Members were each given at least one family to shop for and up to $200 to spend on each child.
 
In all, the club purchased gifts for 63 children! "Serve to Change Lives" is more than just a Rotary theme for the London Bridge Club -- their actions will definitely "change lives" this holiday season.

Dozens of gaily wrapped gifts provided by Rotary Club of Sedona Red Rocks brightened this holiday season for some less fortunate Verde Valley residents.
This is the tenth year that Red Rocks Rotary has sponsored its Holiday Wish List project. Since 2016, it has worked in partnership with the Sedona Chapter of Toys for Tots which provides two toys and a book for each child in the program as well as a stuffed toy for the younger kids.
 
Red Rocks Rotary fulfilled holiday wishes for four families comprised of seven adults and eleven children ranging in age from one to fourteen years. Additionally, two senior women are included in the program and nine senior men received gifts from the club through the Caring Angels organization.
 
Potential recipients are nominated by local organizations. Once approved for participation in the project, the recipients are asked to provide lists of items that the club could furnish. Requested items this year included beekeeping apparel, hiking and camping gear, kitty litter, clothes, toys, books, art supplies and household goods. Transportation to Phoenix to visit an ill family member was another wish. In addition to the wish list items, each family and the two senior women each received a Walmart gift card.
 
Red Rocks’ club president Kathryn Stillman along with fellow Rotarians Denise Dedrick and Donna Hawk donned their elf caps to complete the shopping. Other club members joined in to wrap, tag and arrange delivery of the gifts.
 
Holiday Wish List is supported by the club’s fund-raising efforts. With its Red Rocks Oktoberfest event cancelled due to COVID for the second straight year, the budget for all of the club’s projects has been reduced by twenty-five percent for the 2021-22 fiscal year. To make 2021 Holiday Wish List successful, club members personally donated more than $1,400 toward the gifting.
 
According to club treasurer Donna Hawk, “the thirty-one members of Red Rocks Rotary are honored that the Wish List recipients allow them the opportunity to add a bit of cheer to this season of giving. The project truly exemplifies Rotary’s motto of Service Above Self. And, we are especially grateful for the generous contribution from Toys for Tots.”
 
Members of the Peoria North, Sun City and Valley of the Sun Passport Rotary Clubs combined for a joint club project Nov. 13 at Valley Vista Food Bank in Sun City.
 
Rotarians were joined in the effort by two church groups. Hundreds of Thanksgiving food boxes were prepared to provide a holiday meal for families in need. The project was organized by Peoria North Rotary Club member and Assistant Governor Lou Rotundo, and PNRC Club President Sheree Sheets.