Making a Difference
Solving real problems takes real effort, commitment, and vision. Rotarians work to protect communities from preventable disease, keep women and children healthy, improve education and economic outcomes, create safe water and sanitation infrastructure, and make our community and the world a more peaceful place.
1000x5Literacy, Carnarvon Rotary Waterpark, Food Rescue Project, Teen Area of Neighbourhood Learning Centre at Oak Bay Secondary, Oak Bay YES Awards, Leadership Victoria, Post Secondary Scholarships, Disaster Aid Canada, Habitat for Humanity, Eldercare Foundation, Victoria Native Friendship Centre. ALSO hands on projects such as Salvation Army Kettle Drive and Carnarvon Park annual clean up.
Polio Eradication, Malawi Girls School, India-Water and Sanitation, Rwanda – work with grandmothers, Guatemala – Dental and Nutrition, East Timor – send medical supplies.
- Salvation Army Kettles
Every November/December we team up and ring the bells for the Salvation Army Kettle Campaign. We have a prime location right on Oak Bay Avenue outside the Pharmasave Drug Store. It is a lot of fun and we collect funds for the good work done by Salvation Army. Each shift is 1 hour long and it sure gets you in the Christmas spirit!
- Food Rescue Project
We have a wonderful opportunity to volunteer with Mustard Seed’s Food Distribution Warehouse on Viewfield Road in Esquimalt. The greatest need is for Fridays and Saturdays, 8:30 to 2:30. Typically a shift would be 2 hours or more and they can accommodate groups. We can go as a group of 10 or less, or go as individuals. Volunteers sort produce (cleaning & gleaning) for redistribution.
There is also an opportunity for those who like to cook; 2 -3 people can assist with making lunches for the lunch program. The commercial kitchen is utilized at the Viewfield location to prepare the food under the supervision of a cook; then the food is transported to the lunch room in town. People are welcome to volunteer in this area on Mondays to Fridays in the morning.
- Craigflower School food distributions
Food is picked up from the Food Rescue Distribution Centre and taken to Craigflower School for redistribution to families.
- Butchart Gardens Magic of Christmas Contest – We completed 25 templates for free admission to the Gardens admissions for families at George Jay Elementary School.
- Soap for Hope
The Soap for Hope program provides Hygiene Kits to local shelters, transitional homes, food banks & low income seniors in many communities on Vancouver Island. Our volunteers reprocess useable products to create Hygiene Kits. Each Kit contains a bar of soap, an individual sized bottle of shampoo, conditioner, body wash and body lotion.
Not only are we helping people, but we are also reducing our landfills from useable products. Last year we distributed over 75,000 bars of soap and 45,000 Hygiene Products. In Victoria, over 8,600 Hygiene Kits are needed EACH month!
- Rotary Water Park painting project – This is a spring time activity coordinated with Oak Bay Recreation.
Summary of our Service Projects and Activities in 2019
Community Service Projects
- District of Oak Bay – Expansion of the Rotary Water Park Project at Carnarvon Park. We are saving up for our contribution when the project begins.
- School District 61: In 2019 the Rotary Club of Oak Bay supported the purchase of musical instruments for Tillicum Elementary School ($1,500), Vic West Elementary School ($1,500) and in previous years, George Jay Elementary School ($3,500) and Rock Heights Elementary School Music Program ($1000).
- Learning equipment (SMART Boards) were provided to Macaulay Elementary School $3500
- Victoria High School Science Department- $2,877.77 for science equipment from the Thrifty Smile Card funds topped up by committee funding
- Oak Bay High School Teen/Community Centre; Planned and installed furnishings for the Oak Bay High School Teen Centre. $40,000
- Victoria Hospital Foundation – $3,500 in support of Victoria Hospitals Foundation’s “You Are Vital” Campaign
- Victoria Hospital Foundation – $3,000.00 in support of the Echocardiogram Ultrasound Equipment
- The Cridge Centre for the Family – Physical Literacy program for Children; We also provided funds from a Mother’s Day Concert (2018)
- We provided the Kersplash Climbing Wall at the Oak Bay Rec Centre Pool. $10,500
- We funded the Aquatic Stair Ladder for Oak Bay Rec Centre Pool ~$6,000
- Sno’uyutth Pole Project – contributed $1000 towards the Welcoming Pole at the newly renovated Oak Bay High School
- Purchased two seats in the Dave Dunnett Community Theatre at the Oak Bay High School $900.
- Purchased 16 bikes for a Summer Youth program at the Victoria Native Friendship Centre $1,600
- Provided the School of Nursing, University of Victoria with $2,500.00 for the Feet First Program in conjunction with Our Place. Student nurses work with Our Place to provide foot care to those in need.
- Disaster Aid Canada – Provides and assists in delivering humanitarian aid, shelter, sustainable water systems and hygiene products to people affected by natural and other disasters. $500
- The Soap for Hope Program provides Hygiene Kits to local shelters, transitional homes, food banks and low income seniors throughout Vancouver Island. They work with hotels to gather their gently used amenities. Volunteers reprocess these useable products to create Hygiene Kits. This helps people while also reducing our landfills from reusable products. $500 and volunteer time.
- Our Rotary Club Members volunteer to paint the Carnarvon Park Rotary Water Park prior to the opening for the season.
- Funds for Tree Planting in the amount of $240 to meet the club commitment requested by the RI President 2017/18. Goal was to plant 60 trees.
- Salvation Army Christmas Kettle volunteers raised funds for the Salvation Army Kettle Campaign over 4 weeks before Christmas.
- Provided $6,000 to the Friends of Uplands Park to pay for a new bike rack and provided $4,000 towards the Marine Kiosk at Cattle Point.
- Provided volunteers for the Thrifty Foods Golf Tournament 50/50 draw and hole in one hole with funds earmarked for the Food Rescue Program.
International Service Projects
- Canada/USA –Refurbish and outfit a new Learning Centre for the Victoria Native Friendship Center; Partnership with Downtown Rotary Club, Buckhead Rotary Club, Rotaract Club of Victoria and RI Global Grant. The total funding with Global Grant was $74,000.
- Mexico Earthquake Relief Fund – Niltepec Earthquake Reconstruction
- Malawi – Ongoing support to APU – A girl’s school with outstanding students and teachers
- Rwanda – Youth Entrepreneurship and Health Education
- Guatemala – CARE (Medical Team)
- Guinea – Matoto School Expansion in Guinea
- Guatemala Dental Project – Club Member Dr. John Snively reports that the project has been able to provide dental education and dental care to a number of villages.
- East Timor – Project involved buying medical equipment and teaching mid-wives in a poor area of East Timor. Several clubs from US, Canada and Australia collaborated. Initial funding from our club was $3,500 USD. Total Global Grant was for ~$50,000 USD
- India – Sanitation Project – Club Member Mark Bedford championed this project to install eco-toilets
- Guatemala Women’s Project – Club Member Jacqueline Mealing and her team offered various courses on topics ranging from internet and computer basic skills, to gardening, marketing, sex education, nutrition health care and weaving.
- Mexico – La Penita project, Club Member John Edgell; $2500 USD
- Lesotho – Nutrition and Food Security – Establishing a piggery and improving livelihood
- Cambodia – Club Member Mandy Pui championed this project that provided Vocational school supplies for street kids
Activities supporting Youth in the Community:
- RYLA (14-30) – Rotary Youth Leadership Award
- Adventures in Citizenship (16-18)
- Youth Exceptional Student Awards
- We contribute to the two Oak Bay scholarships
- Literacy through the 1000 x 5 program
- Peace/Ambassadorial Scholars
- Sponsor Exchange Students
- During the school year we host meetings with the Interact students at Oak Bay High School as International Breakfast Club.