Community Service Opportunities

Thanks to a grant from the Meta Data Center in Mesa, the Rotary Club of Mesa West has embarked on a quest to make STEM-related education and projects not only more accessible to local students, but more exciting and enjoyable to experience.
The club is one of 15 grantees recently selected to receive a Meta Data Center Community Action Grant. The club’s foundation received a grant of $28,700.
According to Colleen Coons, president of the Rotary Club of Mesa West, the grant will be used to purchase 30 Meta Quest headsets and software to support immersive STEM experiences and learning spaces in three Mesa public libraries.
“This opportunity can really change the lives of Mesa residents, and really, students throughout Maricopa County,” said Colleen.
Colleen first heard of the grant opportunity while taking part in Mesa Leadership, a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing, training and empowering future leaders in the Mesa community. Also enrolled in the class was Amir Hasen, a director at Meta Data Center in Mesa.  Creating partnerships with the Community, Amir invited Mesa West club to apply for a grant that serves the community.
The club will use the grant to provide VR/AR Meta Quest Pro headsets to the Mesa public libraries. The libraries will develop programs for the entire community to participate in multi-sensory experiences to “imagine the possibilities” of a career in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
“Students don’t always relate to the way STEM is taught in a school, or maybe aren’t getting all they need from a teacher,” said Colleen.
The new virtual-reality headsets will allow students to literally experience a project where they can see the benefits. “Maybe then, the students might consider a STEM career,” said Colleen.
Among the projects to be featured in the program is an artificial reef that was created by Rotarians in the Philippines. Using Rotary funds, a giant artificial reef in the shape of the Rotary wheel was created to restore marine life and protect the livelihood of several fishing villages.
Colleen expects the first headsets to be in place and operational by summer.
This initiative, said Colleen, is totally in synch with Rotary’s mission and areas. “How great that we’re able to live the Rotary vision statement, by uniting with community partners to take action to create an experience to move naturally in virtual spaces while mirroring real-world opportunities to create generational change in our community”
Rotary Week of Service, initiated in 2021 by the two Arizona Rotary districts, aims to amplify Rotary's commitment to service. Throughout the week, clubs across the state engage in various acts of service, extending an open invitation to all individuals eager to contribute.
This year, the four Rotary clubs in the Verde Valley—Rotary Clubs of Sedona Village, Sedona, Sedona Red Rocks, and Verde Valley—are proud to announce their partnership with the Manzanita Outreach Food Assistance Program. From April 15 to 20, volunteers from these clubs will dedicate their time to support the program, facilitating essential assistance to those in need.
All individuals passionate about volunteering and serving their community are encouraged to join the Rotarians each day at Manzanita Outreach. Embracing the Rotary motto of "Service Above Self," the clubs aspire to foster a spirit of unity and generosity among participants.
Interested volunteers can obtain daily volunteer details and sign up information  at  For inquiries or additional information, please contact Jennette Bill at 928-301-1363 or via email at
Let's come together and make a difference during Rotary Week of Service. Join us in spreading kindness and compassion throughout the Verde Valley community.
Jennette Bill
Phone: 928-301-1363
About Rotary:
Rotary is a global network of community leaders dedicated to tackling the world's most pressing humanitarian challenges. With over a century of service, Rotary brings together people from all walks of life who share a commitment to creating positive, lasting change in their communities and around the world. For more information, visit
Once again, the Rotary Club of Queen Creek brings together vendors, mental health professionals, community leaders, local government officials, runners, walkers and families for a one-of-a-kind community event. 

Last year’s 5K run/walk was kicked off by Mayor Wheatley and drew nearly 200 participants and dozens of spectators, all in support of raising awareness for teen mental wellness.

Proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of Queen Creek’s local programs designed to improve youth mental  resilience with an effort to improve teen mental wellness.
For more information about our Club and to register, visit:
Check out a video of last year's event:
The Peoria North Rotary Club is gearing up once again for its annual Prom Closet, the club's signature community service project.
Rotarians from throughout the district will join Peoria North to assist with this year's Prom Closet, scheduled for April 6-7 and April 13-14. The event on April 13 will serve as our District 5495's official kick-off to Arizona Rotary Week of Service.
The Prom Closet will be held the Glendale System of Care Campus, 7677 W. Bethany Home Road, Glendale.
The club will hold its April 3 club meeting at the Glendale System of Care Campus. The meeting will include an update on this year's event and feature a short volunteer orientation. Volunteers and Rotarians from other West Valley Rotary and Rotaract Clubs have been invited to join us for the meeting. Pizza and refreshments will be provided.
Club members and volunteers are invited to arrive earlier that day to assist with set-up in the gymnasium for the April 6-7 Prom Closet. Set-up will begin at 4 p.m.
We are looking for volunteers.  The Prom Closet’s popularity has increased each year so we need to increase our number of volunteers. We would like 40 volunteers for each session on the weekend so it will take 40 to 80 people a day to make it run smoothly.  Gather a group and serve together.

Submitted by: Dr. Honora Norton, RCSL Public Image Director

The Sun Lakes Rotary Foundation 2000 is the philanthropic arm of the Rotary Club of Sun Lakes (RCSL). The mission of the Foundation is to promote charitable giving and to provide support for important community-based projects and programs, as well as numerous vital international programs. 

At the Sun Lakes Rotary Foundation’s annual dinner, Catholic Charities MANA House (a Transitional Living Program for Veterans Experiencing Homelessness), was awarded a $5,000 check for a communication system at MANA House. Ms. Owens provided the attendees a MANA House’s veteran services program overview. At the dinner Sun Lakes Foundation 2000 Chair Bob Phillips honored Howard & Loie Rudge, Fred Crist, Dick Thomas, and Dan Halloran with Philanthropy Legacy Awards.

The Rotary International Foundation transforms Rotarian’s gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.

At the RCSL Foundation annual dinner, RCSL Foundation Chair Chuck Snyder recognized the Club’s latest Paul Harris Fellow honorees:  Jon Lyons, Peter Meade, and David Mork.  Continuing the legacy of Rotary International’s founder, the Paul Harris Fellow program recognizes individuals who contribute or who have contributions made in their names to the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.   

For more information about RCSL see

Submitted by Dr. Honora Norton, Public Image Chair
Rotary Club of Sun Lakes (RCSL) serves the East Valley in many ways.
RCSL recently presented a $1,000 check to Chandler/Gilbert Family YMCA. The donation will be directed towards scholarships to the YMCA’s Safety Around Water Learn How to Swim Program. Safety Around Water is a program that shows parents, caregivers, and children the importance of water safety skills and provides access to water safety lessons.
Another of RCSL’s community service projects is delivery of SunBird News and Sun Lakes Splash newspapers and Source Books. Once a month, the Sun Lakes Splash makes its appearance on over 16,000 Sun Lakes driveways. If you happen to be in your front yard when this happens, you will see a car slowly pass by with a passenger tossing a newspaper onto your driveway. Who are these people? Sun Lakes Rotarians, spouses, and friends.
For more information about RCSL membership and/or projects, see
A room at the Phoenix Dream Center has been recently remodeled to serve as a room for victims of human trafficking, all thanks to a global grant spearheaded by clubs in District 5495.
Room 304 at the Phoenix Dream Center will serve as a quiet respite for human trafficking survivors.
The Rotary Club of Scottsdale served as the host club for the grant. Also participating were:
Rotary Club of Mesa West
Rotary Club of Prescott
Rotary Club of Prescott Frontier
Rotary Club of Scottsdale Sunrise
Rotary Club of Sun City
Rotary Club of Sun Lakes
The Mama Army, Inc.
Rotary Club of Thunderbird
Rotary Club of Verado
Xalapa Manantiales (District 4185)
Macuitepetl y Clubes Unidos
Rotary Club of Villa Park (District 5320)