Below are some of the charitable activities supported by Redmond Rotary thru the the work of the Redmond Rotary Foundation:
ETHIOPIA WATER & HYGIENE PROJECT
There are over a billion people in the world who don’t have access to clean water. In some communities every family must travel many kilometers daily to bring unhealthy water back to their homes. The impact is not only illness, but school hours taken from children who must carry water instead of learning. One of the worst areas is in Ethiopia. Our club took a leadership role in partnering with dozens of Rotary Clubs and World Vision to build wells, holding tanks, and water distribution stations, plus provide hygiene training to communities in Ethiopia. This project will bring clean water to over 30,000 people and will be completed in 2017.
ROTARY POLIO ERADICATION EFFORTS
Rotary International has spearheaded a worldwide effort to eradicate polio. Today, there are only three countries that have active polio cases; Nigeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. The goal is to eliminate this disease forever. Our club members have not only given generously but given time on the ground in Africa.
WASHINGTON WOMEN IN NEED
The vision of Washington Women in Need is to provide every woman a clear path in which to achieve her desired potential. Redmond Rotary makes major gifts thanks to RedSpoke to WWIN, so they can provide health and education grants to low-income women in Washington to help them improve their lives.
SHELTER BOX – DISASTER RELIEF ASSISTANCE
Shelter Box is a grassroots Rotary club project, which has rapidly grown to an international level. The purpose of Shelter Box is to deliver immediate relief to victims of natural and other disasters anywhere around the world. We supported this program by donating a tent, complete with all emergency supplies necessary for one family.
LITTLE BIT THERAPEUTIC RIDING CENTER
Redmond Rotary is a long-time supporter of Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center. Little Bit improves the bodies, minds, and spirits of children and adults with disabilities through equine-assisted therapies and activities.
At Together Center, 20 agencies provide wide-ranging programs at one central location. 25,000 people yearly use services that include medical and dental care, mental health therapy, youth shelter, housing and homelessness supports, help for lifelong disabilities and much more. Thanks in part to Redmond Rotary grants, people find full-time information and referral staff, advocates for special needs, cultural navigation and other resources at the Center’s front door, so all find help when they need it.
HOPELINK PANTRY PACKS, ASSISTANCE LEAGUE & MORE
Redmond Rotary cares for children and families with limited resources in numbers of ways. In addition to the above programs, Redmond Rotary supports pantry packs in the Lake Washington School Districts through Hopelink and the Issaquah School District through Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank. Pantry or Power Packs are backpacks filled with food for low-income children so they are not hungry over the weekend. Through Assistance League, the club helps children returning to school purchase clothing to have items that are comfortable and help them fit in with their peers.
SENIOR CITIZEN DAY
Yearly, Redmond Rotary honors the work of seniors at the Senior Center by hosting them for lunch at a Redmond Rotary meeting with special speakers and other events.
STUDENT OF THE MONTH
Redmond Rotary Club supports youth at our local high school who excel at academics, volunteerism and/or being role models for others.
Redmond Rotary provides college scholarships to support academic or technical training to launch our youth into a successful adult life. In addition to youth graduating from college, the club supports adults who attend the Lake Washington Institute of Technology (average age of 32), so they can stay in school and build a new or improved career path.