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
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 2020: The Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston was proud to be able to provide grants totaling $9,000 to various projects serving the Kingston area including;
- $2,000 to Kingston Interval House for the purchase of commercial laundry equipment, which will allow better social distancing and the resumption of receiving clothing donations.
- $4,000 to Kingston 4 Paws for the training of a service dog which will be adopted by a client with mental health issues like PTSD or a client with Autism. This is the third dog our club has sponsored.
- $3,000 for Lunch by George to help with increased costs to deliver their meal programs.
Spring 2020: The Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston combined its resources with other area clubs to fund service projects for the Centennial of Rotary in Kingston. The full list of 16 projects can be seen at https://www.kingstonrotarycentennial.com/centennial-projects
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.
As well, in 2019 and 2020, we undertook these major projects locally;
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 (which officially launched in September 2020) 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”.
Through our Regional and National service commitments
- $1,500 of funding for Hope Gardens Greenhouse in Montreal Lake Cree Nation. This project in Northern Saskatchewan provides youth with trades – based learning and a sustainable source of fresh food on an area where the cost of such food is much greater than in urban areas. Three Saskatchewan Rotary Clubs also participated.
- $3,500 to Darkspark for their Four Directions Project in Tyendinaga, which uses music to help teach students about indigenous culture and issues
Through our International Projects
- $5,000 for the Rushooka Maternal Health Clinic, a project to purchase the equipment for a maternal health clinic providing services to a rural region in Western Uganda, in cooperation Kampala Kolola Rotary Club.
- $4,500 to the Chennai Wash in Schools Project, in co-operation with Madras Central RC – a project to provide hand washing facilities, safe drinking water and clean, safe toilets to 4 schools in Chennai, India.
- $2,500 to the Sechabe Food Support, in co-operation with Johannesburg Morningside RC – a project to deliver food staples to a slum community in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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.