Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation have ad­opted six areas of focus as organizational priorities and many of the community service projects fall in one of these categories:

  • Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
  • Disease prevention and treatment
  • Water and sanitation
  • Maternal and child health
  • Basic education and literacy
  • Economic and community development

Why do clubs coordinate community service projects? Ultimately, it’s to improve life in the community.

Effective service projects do more than just offer a quick fix for problems. The most effective service projects:

  • Respond to real issues
  • Improve community members’ lives
  • Incorporate the abilities of those who are served
  • Recognize the contributions of all participants as important and necessary
  • Are based on a realistic assessment of available resources
  • Aim for specific goals and objectives with measurable results
  • Build effective networks
  • Empower people and communities

excerpt from the Rotary Guide to Effective Projects, 605-A

In District 6080, we pride ourselves on the hundreds of projects taking place in our communities and internationally.  Recently, during District Governor Steve Dulle’s term, district-wide project ideas were identified and accomplished.  During the first quarter, a competitive “Food Fight” among clubs netted 10,644 pounds of food donated, $18,553 in cash given, and 1,463 hours of volunteer service at local food banks and similar organizations.  Each quarter the district focuses on projects to promote, such as helping needy families near the holidays, promoting literacy projects around International Literacy Day, and identifying landscaping and outdoor clean-up projects in the spring. The needs are great, and Rotarians are continually looking for ways to increase their positive impact on helping others.