Rotary’s main objective is service – in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world. Rotarians develop and support community service projects that address many of today’s most critical issues, such as children at risk, poverty, hunger, the environment, education, promoting peace and conflict resolution. We also support programs for youth, educational opportunities and international exchanges for students, young professionals, and vocational and career development.
How does the Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston give back to our community and around the globe?
Through our Community Small Grants Program and annual commitments
In Spring 2020 the Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston focused on helping young people and their families affected by Covid-19. In partnership with other Kingston Rotary Clubs, Rotary District 7040, private citizens, and organizations Lionhearts, Isthmus, The United Way, and others, over 4,000 food boxes have been delivered to families that need help, many because of job loss or reduced work hours. This program took over from The Food Sharing Project when school was cancelled in March.
In Spring 2019 the Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston embarked on a major project with Pathways to Education Kingston to provide mentoring and other support to Pathways graduates as they transition to post-secondary studies. The project, which has now come to fruition, has been named the F.A.R. Project (Facilitator of Alumni Relations). Pathways to Education Kingston has done amazing work helping students from less advantaged backgrounds graduate from high school, F.A.R. will help ensure student success in their post-secondary studies. This project has brought together volunteer mentors, as well as funds from other local Rotary Clubs, Rotary District 7040 funds, Rotary Foundation grants, individual support, and contributions from several Rotary Clubs in India who have been past partners on International Projects in their country. F.A.R. is truly an example of the 2019-2020 Rotary Theme, “Rotary Connects The World”.
As well, the Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston is very proud to have been able to provide local community grants totaling over $60,000 to various projects serving the Kingston area over the past 24 months through our small grant, spring and fall program. Recent projects include:
Fall 2019: The Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston was proud to be able to provide grants totaling $16,069. to various projects serving the Kingston area including:
- $1,700 to the H’art Centre of Smiles to further enhance their performance area, “The Box” with specialized projection equipment.
- $3,884 to the Melos Choir and Period Instruments, to assist with a special voice rehabilitation program for people experiencing challenges due to medical conditions.
- $2,500 to The Mess Open Arts Studio to enhance their pottery program.
- $2,250 to Loving Spoonful to purchase food for their Open Kitchens program.
- $3,735 to Pathways to Education to expand their current high school mentoring program to include grades 7 and 8.
- Our club has been supporting Lunch by George annually for several years. This year they received $2,000. which will be used for their grocery budget.
Spring 2019: The Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston was proud to be able to provide grants totaling $11,515 to various projects serving the Kingston area including:
- $4,305 to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School for a book program aimed at preschoolers in their catchment area,
- $2,000 to The Kingston Symphony for an outreach program,
- $1,920 to Music Mates for specialized equipment,
- $1,290 to Bereaved Families of Ontario for grief support in high schools,
- $2,000 to the YMCA to subsidize camp attendance for children who need assistance.
Through our Regional and National service commitments
- $1,160 to Kingston Indigenous Language Nest to provide Medicine Walks involving indigenous and non-indigenous students from two area schools. Three indigenous adults will be leading the walks, within Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area.
- $370 to Tipi Moza, an urban First Nation, Metis, and Inuit housing provider, to provide Christmas gifts to children living in their housing units.
- $5,000 to Number 9 Gardens, located on 40 acres of prime agricultural land near it will be Canada’s first cultural centre for education in sustainability and reconciliation. It will act as a global model and laboratory for exploring how we build sustainable local food systems. This is one of many Kingston Rotary 100th anniversary projects.
Through our International Projects
This year one of our most satisfying international projects is an early breast cancer detection project undertaken with several partner Rotary Clubs in India. Using hand-held technology medical personnel can perform basic scans to detect breast cancer. This project will ultimately pay benefits in Canada – it can be used in isolated Northern and Indigenous communities, saving thousands of health care dollars and potentially long trips to cities with medical facilities.
Through contributions to Polio Plus and Rotary Foundation
- Thousands of dollars per year for Polio Plus with the goal of ending polio forever. Today, Afghanistan, and Pakistan are the only countries where polio remains endemic. The entire African continent will be declared Polio-free later this year. Every $1 Rotary commits will be matched 2:1 by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
- Thousands of dollars per year to the Rotary Foundation through our annual Paul Harris Award recognition of Kingston Community Leaders.
Through contributions and programming for Youth Leadership
- Many of Rotary’s youth programs are on hiatus due to Covid-19, however we were able to sponsor a student to the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA); providing a unique opportunity for high school students to gain insight and knowledge in life and leadership skills. RYLA was presented virtually this year using Zoom, but was still a great success.