Community Service Opportunities

Members of the Rotary Club of Scottsdale North participated in the club’s semi-annual road clean up as part of the city of Scottsdale’s Adopt-A-Road program during Rotary Week of Service. Seventeen members worked together as part of Earth Day April 22, 2023. Supporting the environmental is an important focus area of Rotary International.
 
For information on the City’s Adopt-A-Road program, contact Bruce Wall at bwall@scottsdaleaz.gov
The three Rotary clubs in the Prescott Area participated in a two-day Food Drive at the Safeway stores in Prescott and Prescott Valley during Rotary Week of Service.
 
Safeway was very accommodating in allowing us to utilize both doors of their stores to contact Safeway store customer to ask for donations, which increased our reach. Our Rotarians worked in two-hour shifts with other Prescott area club members. Everyone seemed to have a great time doing this service project.
 
The results were fabulous as we blew the minds of the two local Food Banks with the quantity of cans, rice and pasta that will be distributed to those local citizens in need. The Prescott Valley Food Bank told us that we gave an equivalent of three months food for their shelves. We collected, from the two stores, over 5,000 pounds of food, equivalent to 2 1/2 tons, which was boxed up and delivered nightly to the food banks. In addition, we collected over $2,000 in cash and checks which will be split between the two food banks.
 
A big shout out goes to all the Rotarians, their family members and many Interactors that gave up their Friday and Saturday to help out. A few Rotarians even worked double shifts. The organizing committee of Mike Payson (Frontier) and Christy Manning (Sun-Up) did a great job in planning and executing an almost flawless Drive. Preplanning made all the difference.
 
Please shop at Safeway as they were wonderful to work with again this year. 
 
The Laughlin Chamber of Commerce, Bullhead City Chamber of Commerce and the Laughlin Airport recently staged its first ever “air show.”
 
Members of The Rotary Club of Bullhead City got involved as part of Arizona Rotary Week of Service and participated by assisting at one of the three parking lots directing traffic to get people parked timely.  It was a new event, and club members were anxious to assist and help out the community.
By Past District Governor David Simmer
 
It’s water delivery day and Monica anxiously scans the Navajo Reservation horizon for the big white water truck.  When she sees the vehicle in the distance carefully maneuvering around deep ruts in the dirt road to her home she hustles her two small children safely inside.  Like many on the Navajo Nation, Monica has lived for years without running water or electricity.  Today will be life-changing for her young family. 
 
Members of the Rotary Club of Sedona and the Four Peaks Rotary Club take up positions to monitor the delivery.  The truck rolls up to the freshly installed underground cistern beside Monica’s tiny home.  A 1200 gallon tank is the heart of the home water system and for the first time will provide Monica and her children with clean, hot and cold running water.  The days of hauling hundreds of pounds of water from a regional well each week to provide for her family are behind her.
 
Monica’s water poverty is all too common on “the Rez”  as it is called by residents.  The US census shows that over 50,000 Americans in the Navajo Nation live without clean running water.  But with the help and leadership of the Rotary Clubs in District 5495 the number of Navajo living in water poverty is finally being addressed.  The Gilbert, Sun Lakes, Four Peaks, Sedona and Flagstaff Clubs have each hosted global grants to provide clean running water to nearly 1000 residents of the Navajo Nation.
 
Studies have shown that the average Navajo Reservation family has access to just seven gallons of water per day.  Based on national water usage statistics that means that the water a typical American family uses in a single day has to last for two weeks for an average Navajo family.  Reservation families commonly survive by reusing the precious resource multiple times for less and less critical purposes - using water first to wash vegetables, then for bathing, and finally as water for cleaning.
Members of The Rotary Club of Verrado in Buckeye participated in the district's Rotary Week of Service Project April 15 in the parking lot of American Furniture Warehouse. The project supported Sleep in Heavenly Peace, a nonprofit that provides beds to children living in homeless shelters or foster care homes. Rotarians joined other organizations that day morning to build 100 beds.

Submitted by Anita Brey
Public Image Chair, Rotary Club of Mohave Sunrise

Our “Day of Service” rocked together with over 50 volunteers from individuals, teams, and outside clubs to make a difference in our Mohave Valley/Fort Mohave Community Park! Hundreds of volunteers assisted with the park clean up, held in conjunction with Arizona Rotary Week of Service.

One of the county’s leading innovation schools, Academy of Building Industries Key Club, Boy Scouts of America, Needles Interact, River Valley High School Baseball team, and Mohave Valley Jr High. These guys worked not only for a donut, but mostly to make a difference, and that, they surely did!

This day brought out some important dignitaries lead by Mohave Sunrise, Mehdi Azarmi to our park for christening it's 25-foot flag and "Groundbreaking" for our concession stand.

In attendance, Mohave County Supervisor, Ron Gould called us to attendance with a moving and solid pledge of allegiance. The Legacy Foundation has continued to be a financial contributor and be a lifelong supporter to the park's success, without them, and Mehdi’s determination, we’d still be a field.

“Our park is a labor of love, built for the community, ran by the community. We depend on your support” says Mehdi of Fairway Constructors. This park has 4 baseball fields. 2 football/soccer, 9-hole disc golf, pickle ball, and 2 playgrounds one of which is an ADA playground! We are home to Arizona’s largest dog park, too!

Our Town's mayor, Steve, D'Amico, Ed Catalfamo, gracious supporter, Glen Ludwig, Dan Oiler, Dr. Lakin, Melody DuMouchel, George Simon, Butch Redmond, Nicole Diaz, President George Smith Richard, Breezy, and many more contributors.

It would go without fail had not Billy Kay Music lead the day music and cheer! We can’t imagine this day without the most generous donation of all, and that was inspired and brought to you by Chip Sherill and the Sherill family- without their donation of the OVER 40 acres this park would still be a dream, but because of them, we’re living it!

Thank you to the entities that are ongoing, day and night without fail; Juan Sanchez, Fairway Constructors, Mohave Electric, Tristate WIFI, Stony Hazelwood, Mohave Valley Little League, The Legacy Foundation, and Mohave Sunrise Rotary Club who never lets us down! Great job everyone!