Rotary Club of Greensboro Service Projects
The Rotary Club of Greensboro is involved in service projects in Greensboro and throughout the world. The Rotary Club of Greensboro is one of the earliest Rotary clubs, founded in February 1917, twelve years after the founding of the first Rotary club. From the first 42 members, our club has grown to be one of the largest in the region with approximately 275 members. Our membership includes a broad cross-section of our community and spans a range of ages, backgrounds, interests, and occupations. Our diversity is one of our greatest strengths.
Project Rebuild involves all 8 Greensboro area Rotary Clubs who volunteer to repair homes under the direction of Housing Greensboro. They are a non-profit Community Housing Development Organization who preserve homes for low-income homeowners who can’t afford these services for themselves. Housing Greensboro leverages donations from our community to provide materials and supplies and to co-ordinate volunteers who do the work under supervision of knowledgeable builders. These repair projects restore hope and dignity to the client families. A project can usually be completed in 2 or 3 weekends, and cost from $5,000 to $10,000. Plan to be one of the volunteers this year. If you can swing a hammer or a paint brush — or if you want to learn how — sign up.
Salvation Army Kettle Bell Ringing
Beginning many years ago, our club began “Ringing the Bell for the Salvation Army” during the Christmas season. We were first at Barnes and Noble in Friendly Shopping Center and are now at the Walmart on East Cone Blvd. This is no small commitment in that our club takes the Walmart location for the entire season, providing the staffing of over 135 two hour time slots. Initially, some of our members were reluctant to participate, but, year after year, they come back with increased enthusiasm based upon their very positive experience. For a number of years, our location has been the most productive in the city, raising more funds for the Army than any other location. Through this effort we are fulfilling our motto of “Service Above Self” and in the process are assisting the poor and homeless in our community.
Sumner Elementary School
For over 20 years our club has volunteered at high poverty elementary schools. For at least 15 years those efforts have been spent at Sumner Elementary. Our members, generally 10 to 12 of them, are teamed with students who need extra help with reading or math. We visit for about an hour weekly to provide the one-on-one time not available in the classroom. Our club also supports the students financially by providing grants for special reading and/or math aids, and helping to supplement weekend “backpack” food for kids who would likely otherwise not have sufficient food at home. Additionally, working with a social worker, our club members collect gifts for the holidays for students who would not otherwise receive any. Members who can devote about one hour each week can make a huge difference in the life of a disadvantaged kid at this formative time of their lives. No special skills required, just a desire to make a difference.
Rotary Youth Leadership Program
Since 1983, Rotary and the Center for Creative Leadership have been hosting some of Central North Carolina’s top rising junior and senior high school students to the Rotary Youth Leadership Program (RYLP) at Guilford College. Students learn about themselves through a variety of assessments and real-world interactive sessions and engage with teams while experience different leadership styles. A member of the Rotary Club of Greensboro serves as the director of the program each year and works with Rotary clubs across the region to sponsor students to attend the program. For more information about the program, visit the RYLP website.