Community Service Opportunities

After a year of little activity due to challenges surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rotary Club of the Grand Canyon has returned in a big way by recently participating in a community clean-up event and awarding six $500 community grants to local nonprofit service organizations.

During a July 4 community event, the club presented the following $500 community grants:

·       Spirit of the Canyon was presented with a grant to help fund a school project to teach hydroponics to students. The organization recently purchased a 25-passenger bus that it is converting into an off-grid living space complete with solar panels, hydroponics, water tanks. The organization will be using this space as part of an educational program to show adults and youth how to live off grid and grow their own food. The entire project is expected to cost $10,000.

·       The Grand Canyon Food Pantry, Inc. was presented a grant to fund several projects over the next year, including developing simple recipes for foods distributed by the pantry.

·       Kaibab Learning Center. The grant will be used to help fund a greenhouse to grow vegetables and teach children about healthy food decisions. The center cares for the children of those living in the community. It serves families from Valle, Tusayan, and the Grand Canyon Village. The greenhouse will the center to grow different foods for the children to try. Not only will children learn how to care for plants, but teachers will be able to teach them respect for the plants, and be able to make every child feel included with the jobs they will get for the greenhouse. Children get jobs in class, but what they enjoy the most is anything that is related to water and dirt. With the greenhouse they will be able to work in groups of two or one on one with a teacher to go out and water, check, and harvest items.

Rotary clubs in Prescott that teamed up with The American Red Cross in May to conduct a community blood drive have planned additional drives this fall.

The three clubs will host the following blood drives:

* Sept. 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

* Nov. 30, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

According to Assistant Governor Joe Sweeney, the Rotary/Red Cross Blood Drive in May was a "huge success as we had 44 donors" that gave that day.

The group photo of the Red Cross Team contains boxes of the donated blood that was transferred down to Phoenix to be used to save several people’s lives.

Among Rotarians assisting with check-in, were, from left, Tom Hendershott and Carl Marsh from the Prescott-Frontier Club, and AG Joe Sweeney, who is also president of the Rotary Club of Prescott.

"It was a lot of fun, and we met many donors that were interested in Rotary and what we do in the community," said Joe.

"We are looking forward to holding another Drive on July 25 and then every eight weeks after," added Joe.

The Rotary Club of Tempe Downtown, in partnership with https://funds2orgs.com, is collecting new and gently used shoes as a combined service project/fundraiser.

Bring your new and gently used shoes of all sizes to the big blue box at:

Brick Road Coffee (no purchase required)
4415 S Rural Rd
Unit 10
Tempe, AZ  85282
 
or:

Ahwatukee Community Swim & Tennis Center
4700 E Warner Rd
Phoenix. AZ. 

The shoes collected in our shoe drive fundraiser go directly to small business owners or micro-enterprises in 25 different developing countries where they are sold in their local community. The shoes provide opportunities for micro-entrepreneurs to support their families and create a path out of poverty.

Watch here to learn about the micropreneurs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRdvXJ4C9oo  and see how you’re helping to positively help the planet by keeping shoes out of landfills here: ihttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWLsg_6eda8

 
The Rotary Club of Sedona Village hosted its end of year breakfast and included a service project for those in need on Tuesday, June 28. This annual event is held in June and marks the completion of the president’s term and the handing over of duties to the next in line.
 
Heather Hermen served as club president from July 2021-June 2022 and was recognized for the term she served and handed over the duties to incoming president, Carolyn Martin. Others were recognized for their dedication and commitment to Rotary, the community, and service above self.
 
The highlight of the event included a hands-on service project for those in attendance. Working with LN-4 Hand Project, the club ordered 10 prosthetic hand kits to assemble as teams. These hand kits are available for service clubs, organizations, or individuals to purchase and assemble to provide free prosthetic hands to anyone in need around the world.
 
Anyone able to put together a jigsaw puzzle can assemble one of the hand kits. The Rotary members paired off and began assembling the kits with small screws, tools, and the parts to make a moving hand. In less than an hour, 10 prosthetic hands were assembled and will be shipped to LN-4 to be distributed somewhere in the world.
 
LN-4 Hand Project has reached 80+ countries including Columbia, Ecuador, Vietnam, India, Jordan, Uganda, Tanzania, and more. Anyone interested in learning more can visit www.ln4handproject.org.
 
This service project is one example of the action the Rotary Club of Sedona Village is involved in. To find out more about projects like this, how to get involved and help with the community garden, Veteran’s Raffle, Adopt a Family, or other programs, please visit www.sedonavillagerotary.org or email president@sedonavillagerotary.org. Rotary invites you to become a person of action!
 
Rotary International is a service organization that works to promote world health, eradication of polio, supports the education of young people, and makes local communities a better place through a variety of service activities. The Rotary Club of Sedona Village meets the first and third Thursdays each month on the campus of Big Park Community School. For more information about the club and club meeting schedule visit www.sedonavillagerotary.org

Rotary Club of Sun Lakes supports the following educational and community service projects:

·         AWIM Program:  Rotary Club of Sun Lakes recently announced the club’s plans to continue support of its AWIM (A World in Motion) Program within Valley schools.  The Program is sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers, SAE, to get K-9th grade students excited about math and science so that they will consider a career as an Engineer or other technical fields.

The Sun Lakes Rotary Club partners with SAE and provides volunteers to go into the classroom to work with the teachers and students using hands on projects. RCSL provides recognition to the winning teams at the end of each session.  AWIM Program volunteers are members of RCSL, General Motors Employee Alumni, Northrop Grumman Corporation and ASU Students.

During the 2018-19 school year, 3,802 students in 20 schools were impacted by the AWIM Program. During the 2021-22 school year, 2,410 students at Surprise Canyon Ridge Elementary, Chandler’s Carlson Elementary, Phoenix Christ Lutheran, Tolleson Country Place Elementary, Chandler Fulton Elementary, Goodyear Western Sky, Avondale Pope John II High School, Chandler Patterson Elementary, Chandler Strong Foundations Academy and Phoenix Sevilla West were impacted by the AWIM Program.  

Per Rotarian Don Robins: "I'm impressed with our numbers for this school year and the teachers really enjoyed having volunteers back in the classroom. We have a few new schools signed up for the 2022-23 school year and some of our schools will add some more grades."

·         Sleeping Mats for Valley Homeless:  RCSL is partnering with Rotary Club of Tempe South in collecting plastic bags, which will be used to create sleeping mats for the homeless. Rotarians plan to crochet sleeping mats on a weaving loom.  Per RCSL President -Elect Stephen Phair, this is a great summer community service project!   

·         Snack Packs for Rainbow Angels: Sun Lakes Rotary Charity Committee assembled over 100 nutrition packets for Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels.  The packets will be distributed to the pediatric floors of local hospitals.  AHRA bought refrigerators for these hospitals to help Mom and Dad’s out when they bring their other children to visit.  These families are stressed out from their child’s cancer.  Since the cost of feeding their other children from a hospital cafeteria can be a financial hardship for them, they can take a packet.  Per RCSL Project Leader, Sharon Flood, one small gesture of kindness goes a long way. 

For more information about Rotary Club of Sun Lakes community service projects or membership – see www.sunlakesrotary.com

The Rotary Club of Flagstaff has recently completed a mural in downtown Flagstaff that celebrates volunteerism and promotes peacebuilding.
 
Club President Tonya Watson refers to the 20-by-30-foot mural as a “love letter to our community.”
 
The signature plaque that will be installed alongside the mural will include the following:
 
“VOLUNTEERISM: A PATHWAY TO PEACE”
Artist: Lindsey DeStefano
To Commemorate the Centennial of
The Rotary Club of Flagstaff,
Serving Community and World since 1921.
Gratitude to Peace Surplus and City of Flagstaff
 
“Two years in the planning and creating, it is not by accident that our mural is on the rear wall of Peace Surplus, a prominent downtown business for over 50 years,” said Tonya.
 
The mural depicts many hands symbolizing volunteerism (and except for the large ones at the bottom for perspective, all are current Rotarians’ actual handprints) – leading up to the peace sign. The rest of the mural abstractly depicts elements of the community, such as, mountains, trees, Black-eyed Susans, poppies, wind/water, blue skies, and fluidity.
What a SUCCESS!   $22,468.64 to Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary!!!
 
Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary partnered with Raising Special Kids for our second Good Morning Great Cause fundraising breakfast.  Our first breakfast was in 2020 and we had to take a pause until 2022 to hold the event. 
 
Speakers were Luis Serna and Amy Bockerstette. 
 
Luis spoke at our first fundraising breakfast; he has attended Special Day for Special Kids and gives a great presentation on his fears of attending his first Special Day and then just falling in love with the event.  He looks forward to it every year.
 
Amy is the young Down Syndrome golfer who played in the Phoenix Open and hit a great shot from the 16th hole.  Amy sent a very moving video giving us an overview of her journey, including shots from the Phoenix Open.  Surprise to us all when you could hear Amy saying on the video “They Love Me”!
 
It is such an honor to be able to interact with an organization like Raising Special Kids and help improve lives of those in need.
 
After the speakers, we asked for donations and held a live auction to raise funds which were shared with Raising Special Kids and Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary.  Our share can only be used to assist special needs kids, the majority of which was used for our 34th Annual Special Day for Special Kids held on March 12, 2022.
 
Photo of Chris Tiffany, Executive Director Raising Special Kids, presentation the $22,4468.64 check to Dale Shafer, our president-elect.