Rotary means making an impact in our community
We put service above self.
Making an Impact is at the heart of what we do.
Service is the lifeblood of our Club. Our members build friendships, deepen relationships, learn skills, and strengthen leadership, all while making an impact.
Cars 2nd Chance
Cars 2nd Chance is a low-overhead, high-value vehicle donation program that generates funds for local charities.
Our volunteers administer the program keeping overhead exceptionally low so that the charities get the highest value.
Partnering with other non-profits allows us to exponentially increase our impact in the community.
Our club prefers to lead “boots on the ground” projects rather than to solely contribute money. Although we have established relationships throughout Central America, most of our projects are in Guatemala. Our principal partner in Guatemala, Common Hope, strives to end the cycle of poverty by ensuring that young people receive an education. To be successful, Common Hope must address basic needs and family issues, not just schooling. Every few years, volunteers from our club form a Vision Team that travels to Common Hope's Family Development Center in Antigua for a truly immersive experience. Our volunteers visit families in their homes with the compassionate support of a social worker. The true highlight of every Vision Team is constructing a home for a family that needs one. In 2022 we kick off a disease prevention project in Guatemala.
End Polio Now
For nearly 25 years, Rotary has worked tirelessly to eradicate polio worldwide. We are almost there; only two countries remain. Until polio is eradicated, every child is at risk. Our club raises funds and public awareness, most recently by creating and showing virtual reality films that provide an immersive storytelling experience.
After factoring in a 9:1 matching from other organizations, our club members contribute $25,000 to the End Polio Now campaign annually.
Family Harvest Farm
Family Harvest Farm employs transition-age foster youth in a hands-on job-readiness program, teaching marketable skills and preparing them for life beyond foster care.
We worked side by side with the founders to help launch this valuable program. Our initial contributions were primarily infrastructure; for example, we planned and installed: irrigation systems, a propagation greenhouse, a security system, two refurbished shipping containers to protect tools and supplies, and a vegetable wash station.
Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano
The Food Bank distributes food directly to those in need through several programs. We provide financial support through cash donations, plus a pledge of $100,000 from our car donation program. 96 cents out of every dollar goes directly to food programs and a quarter of those who are receiving emergency help are children.
Basic repairs are provided at no charge to seniors on a scheduled basis. The goal is to help seniors stay in their homes safely. HOME team is our signature project, now ten years old, and adopted by more than 30 other Rotary clubs.
Hope Initiative COVID-19
This initiative, led by Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary, is dedicated to sharing rigorous scientific information on COVID-19 in Spanish and Portuguese languages. Each week we publish The Newsletter to twenty Latin American countries: Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Republica Dominicana, Uruguay, and Venezuela. The Newsletter provides a significant and rich resource for Latin American communities, organizations, and health professionals. This resource repository addresses and fills the gap of translated research. Currently, The Newsletter is received by tens of thousands.
Heals the effects of poverty and homelessness by providing permanent housing solutions and vital support services to highly vulnerable families and individuals. We instill holiday traditions for resident families by organizing interactive events. We also support the Hope Solutions homework clubs, which help close the achievement gap of students.
Lamorinda Village supports residents over the age of 55 who want to remain safely and independently in their homes. We provide a limited number of supported memberships for those who need assistance with the annual membership fee.
Putnam Clubhouse is a welcoming community where adults recovering from mental illness come to rebuild their lives. Free of charge to its members, the Clubhouse offers a network of support, job skills training, and friendship--in a structured, welcoming environment that leaves the stigma of mental illness behind. Our contributions have typically involved making the Clubhouse more accessible to its members.
Rotary Youth Camps
Rotary District 5160 (Northern California) hosts three camps each year for eligible students. Two of the camps concentrate on personal development and leadership, while the third is a training and motivational camp for students interested in pursuing entrepreneurial careers. We select qualified applicants and pay the cost for them to participate.
In 2023, new youth programs will be introduced within the Lamorinda community.
Lamorinda Sunrise offers Nursing, Automotive Service Technician, and STEM scholarships. We also provide Life Advancement Opportunities for apprentices at Family Harvest Farm.
Lamorinda Sunrise is proud to support Shelterbox, a Rotary partner in disaster relief around the world. Volunteers from this Rotarian-founded organization provide hands-on assistance and equipment to those in need, whenever and wherever crisis strikes. The iconic green “Shelterbox” contains a tent, water purification system, solar lights, a cook set, tools, and hygiene supplies—so that displaced people can have private shelter, security, warmth and dignity as they begin to rebuild their lives.
The Expanding Your Horizons/Techbridge STEM conference hosted at Saint Mary’s College annually creates educational opportunities for 200 middle school girls in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary provides volunteers and financial support to this AAUW Orinda-Moraga-Lafayette event.
White Pony Express
White Pony Express efficiently connects an abundance of food with those in need. WPE needed an additional refrigerated delivery van to extend its reach in Contra Costa County. Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary spearheaded a campaign to raise close to $100,000 to purchase a van that will allow WPE to expand its reach. The van was placed into service in March 2023 and is pictured. Several of our members volunteer at this wonderful organization.