The Rotary Club of Louisville is committed to community service. Here are some of current projects:
LOVE THE HUNGRY - A project for new Rotarians, the Love the Hungry project brings volunteers together to prepare meals for people in need. Most recently, we prepared meals to be sent to communities in Ecuador.
THEODORE BUERCK SCHOLARSHIP
BOY SCOUTS MENTOR PROGRAM
ENDING CERVICAL CANCEL IN HAITI
BORE HOLE IN YEI, SOUTH SUDAN
FLINT WATER PROJECT
ROTARY LEADERSHIP FELLOWS PROGRAM
HONOR FLIGHT OF THE BLUEGRASS
ROTARY PROMISE SCHOLARSHIP – The Rotary Club of Louisville has established a permanent endowment that, when fully funded, will award scholarships for an Associate Degree at Jefferson Community & Technical College to qualifying graduates from four high schools in the Jefferson County Public School system. The high schools will be those with the lowest college attendance rates and a majority of low income families. Selected so far are Western and Iroquois High Schools. Students who meet grade, attendance, and disciplinary criteria will be eligible. The scholarship is designed to motivate students to be academically successful. (Read more)
BUILDING A SMART FOOD CULTURE – The Louisville, Jeffersontown and Southwest Louisville Rotary Clubs are partnering with Wellington Elementary School, the Food Literacy Project and New Roots (two Louisville non-profit organizations) to create an environment where students and families are empowered to organize and lead a initiative that builds the community’s food knowledge (“food IQ”); creates local demand for fresh, nutritional and affordable food; and builds the infrastructure to improve its availability. Wellington Elementary in Shively serves 440 students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds with a high number qualifying for free/reduced lunches. Shively is classified by the USDA as a food desert and is challenged with high rates of poverty and unemployment. The community faces a serious health crisis as rates of obesity and diabetes rise disproportionately among impoverished families with limited access to fruits and vegetables.
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WATER PROJECT IN UGANDA – The Rotary Club of Louisville participates in Rotary International’s “Uganda Rotary Water Plus” program that is designed to help the country achieve its goal of enabling 77 percent of rural residents to have access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene by 2015.
UNSUNG HEROES – Each year, the Rotary Club of Louisville is joined by other local Rotary clubs to honor one senior from each public, private, and Catholic high school for their school and community volunteer work. Each student recommended by their school counselor receives a cash gift and a certificate recognizing her “Service Above Self” achievements.
BLESSINGS IN A BACKPACK – The Rotary Club of Louisville supplies volunteers one Friday each month to help “load up” children’s backpacks with canned meals, fruit juices and meal bars at Roosevelt Perry Elementary School. They help the school coordinator send off hundreds of children with food supplies for the weekend who otherwise would not have enough to eat.
MIDDLE SCHOOL CONNECTION – The Rotary Club of Louisville will again be assisting JCPS with this program that links every 7th Grader with an adult to help focus their attention on the importance of planning for college and career. Rotarians will volunteer for one or more hours in October to hold conferences with the students at Jefferson County Middle Schools. They will discuss the importance of coming to school and doing well; how adults use reading, writing and math skills in every aspect of life; their career interests; and choices for high schools.
REPAIR AFFAIR – The Rotary Club of Louisville fields a team of volunteers to support the New Directions Housing Corporation’s
“Repair Affair” program which mobilizes resources and volunteers to make repairs on homes owned by low income homeowners who are elderly or disabled. The focus of Repair Affair is on home safety, security, weatherizing, and neighborhood stability.
HIGH SCHOOL SPEECH CONTEST – The Rotary Speech Contest engages students from high schools in the western half of Kentucky in a competition to present their personal insight and interpretation of Rotary’s annual themes related to “Service Above Self”. Students from schools in Rotary’s District 6710 are sponsored by their local Rotary Club and compete for cash prizes. The Rotary Club of Louisville hosted the District finals during the last school year.
SALVATION ARMY BELL RINGING – Each year, The Rotary Club provides bell-ringers to encourage contributions to the Salvation Army’s Christmas drive.
LOUISVILLE PUBLIC MEDIA PHONE-A-THON FUNDRAISER – Each year for the past 15 years, approximately 25 Rotarians answer phones to help Public Radio with its spring and fall membership drive.