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
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 increase our impact in the community exponentially.
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.
Our COVID-19 projects exhibit our strengths: problem-solving, creativity, ingenuity, and ability to respond quickly.
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
A non-profit urban farm and culinary garden that employs transition age (18-23) foster youth and provides them with the time to "get their feet on the ground" and prepare for a healthy and rewarding life. Working side by side with the founders, we assessed needs and developed plans for this greenfield project. We planned and installed the irrigation system, bought and constructed a propagation greenhouse, provided security for the farm site, a truck for the farm, and two refurbished shipping containers to protect tools and supplies. The planting circle, a focal point for the main entrance to the farm, has also been completed.
Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano
Distributes food directly to those in need through several programs. Lamorinda Sunrise picks and packs 250 tons of food per year destined for low-income seniors. We provide financial support through cash donations, with $100,000 originating 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.
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.
Supports Lamorinda 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. We partner with and financially support Putnam Clubhouse, a special place that helps those in our community coping with mental illness regain their lives again. 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.
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.
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.