About Community Service
Rotarians have put Service Above Self for more than a century. Through the Avenue of Community Service, Rotarians give back to the places where we live. The projects are as varied as the Rotary clubs that carry them out, but all address the needs of our community.
Objectives of the Community Service Committee
The objectives of the Community Service Committee are to identify, promote, and fund suitable projects and initiatives in Sammamish and surrounding communities, which merit financial and/or physical support by the Rotary Club of Sammamish.
The Goals of the Community Service Committee
- To encourage families; strengthen communities; build a better world
- To foster interaction between the Rotary Club and the residents of Sammamish and surrounding communities
The members of the Rotary Club of Sammamish work hard to earn the funds to support community service projects. We work just as hard volunteering in our communities to support programs helping people in need. Whether it is Thanksgiving food baskets or Christmas presents for victims of domestic violence or hosting a food drive for the food bank, it all focuses on building a stronger community network.
Are you interested in helping our cause? Volunteer at the Nightmare at Beaver Lake or join us for breakfast, directions in the sidebar, to learn more about the Rotary and our Club.
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Non-profits supported the past year
Grants are issued twice each year; spring and fall. The listing below is for the last two grant periods, fall 2016 and spring 2017.
Community Service Committee grants 2016-2017 – Totaling Over $40,000
Assistance League uses volunteers that evaluate the needs of the community and develop programs to transform the lives of children in need and their families. Their core values are Commitment, Leadership, Ethics, Accountability and Respect. Funding used for Operation School Bell. (See PPT Presentation)
Athletes for Kids is an organization with a program focused upon building supportive, mentoring relationships between high school athletes and children who have disabilities and special needs of all kinds. Funding used for Youth Development and Training Equipment.
Bridge Disability Ministries mission is to help people with disabilities live full and meaningful lives. It provides medical equipment, case management services and events for the spirit. Funding used for Medical Equipment For People With Disabilities.
The mission of the Chinese Information and Service Center is to create opportunities for Asian immigrants and their families to succeed by helping them make the transition to a new life while keeping later generations in touch with their rich heritage. Funding used for Get To Know Your Chinese Neighbors program.
Snoqualmie Valley Shelter Services‘ mission is to help people reclaim their lives. We provide life-changing services to those experiencing homelessness by working with our communities to provide emergency shelter, social services, and connections to permanent housing. We believe deeply in the power of relationships and work to meet people exactly where they are. Read More..
Because of Sammamish Rotary’s generous donation of $5,000, we were able to purchase 30 new sleeping mats and various bedding-related items for the men, women and families we serve. All our gratitude to this amazing group!
Eastside Friends of Seniors serve the senior community by providing transportation to medical appointments, assistance with shopping and errands, providing help with home and yard chores, providing transportation for social visits and providing information and referrals to help seniors obtain other services. Donation used to produce a Benefit Luncheon Video.
Friends of Youth provide Child Welfare Services including Foster care, residential treatment and emergency shelter for youth; Youth and Family Services such a mental health, chemical dependency counseling, prevention and parenting assistance; and Homeless Youth Services such as outreach, drop-in, case management, housing, education, employment and behavioral health support. The donation was used to purchase Durable Basic Furniture for the youth meeting room. (See PPT Presentation)
HopeFest is the brainchild of Eastlake High School Rotary Interact club in 2015 and has been reported to be a Great Nonprofit in the State of Washington. The 2017 festival involved over 250 volunteers and generous donations from local sponsors and served more than 800 in-need Eastside individuals with groceries, clothing, books, hygiene supplies, refreshments, haircuts, massages and much more. As in past years, our club’s donation consists of money, manpower and materials.
Hopelink provided programs and services to 63,700 low-income residents in King & Snohomish Counties in 2016 consisting of food, shelter, heat, employment and adult education, etc., and transportation to 43,994 individuals who were served by Hopelink’s transportation program. Our donation was used to provide a Holiday Gift Room. (See PPT Presentation)
The mission of Imagine Housing is to develop affordable housing, build welcoming communities and foster vibrant futures. The vision is an Eastside with interconnected and welcoming communities where all people can live, learn, work and play. Our donation is to fund their Support Services.
The Issaquah School Foundation in partnership with the Issaquah School District, drives resources to help all students achieve the promise of their potential. Their aim is to advance academic achievement, support struggling students, promote professional development and to connect students to their future. Our donation is being used to establish Cultural Bridges.
The mission of Jobs for Washington’s Graduates is to help youth overcome life and academic obstacles enabling them to stay in school, graduate and successfully transition to continued education and quality entry-level careers. Our donation will be used for Employer Engagement.
Providence Marianwood we provides comprehensive professional skilled nursing care including physical, emotional and spiritual care for the whole person, takg pride in giving compassionate care and services with dignity and respect for the individual, honoring personal choice and preferences. Our donation is used to fund their Wonderful Life Program.
Our club has very close ties to Rotary First Harvest with Rebecca Jay on their Board, Katy Boehm working there, it being a 5030 district organization and our club being very active volunteers. Our donation is being used for their Harvest Against Hunger program.
The mission of YMCA help build a community where all people, especially the young, are encouraged to develop their fullest potential in spirit, mind and body. From athletics to academic achievement, summer camp to senior activities and volunteerism to violence prevention, the Y doesn’t just strengthen bodies. It strengthens our community. Read More..
Youth Eastside Services education and prevention services empower young people and families to pursue decisions, habits and activities that promote their own well-being. This includes evidence-based mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment and psychiatric services to help children, teens and families struggling with Read More..
For more information, contact:
Community Service Committee Chair