Meals on Wheels and Donate Dinner
This annual event involves club members giving 2 hours of their time to hand out fliers at local supermarkets, asking for customers to donate money. Donate Dinner provides shoppers at 32 independent grocery stores the opportunity to “donate dinner” to a homebound senior when they shop for their Thanksgiving meal. Last year shoppers donated $225,000 – that’s 30,864 meals! Through this one day annual event we donate 20 hours to Meals on Wheels.
How does it work? Our team of Rotarians greets customers as they enter a store and hand them a Donate …
Donating Books to elementary schools
Traditionally, as a thank you to our weekly speaker, we have donated a book in their name to the local library. In lieu of that tradition, we are now donating updated research books to a local school in need. Our speakers will be acknowledged inside the cover of these books.
Hillsboro Police Department Crime Prevention Home Fix Projects
This involves helping seniors or disabled individuals in Hillsboro with minor security enhancements to their homes, such as replacing a faulty lock or making sure windows are secure. We have done 3 projects so far. Just another example of all
the talents that our club members have!
Graphing Calculators for local High School
Our club wanted to do something to help local high school students. After research and discussions with the Hillsboro School District, we learned that all of the advanced math classes have to share graphing calculators required to participate in class. This meant that students from lower income families might struggle to get homework done due to either the inability to purchase these expensive calculators, or the unavailability of a classroom calculator. We applied for, and received, a matching $1500 grant from Rotary District 5100. With $3000.00 to spend, we were able …
Adopt a Park
Our club recently adopted Rood Bridge Park. Specifically, our adopted area is The River House. We had our first Park Clean Up in August of this year. An unprecedented number of volunteers showed up, despite the threat of very nasty weather. We weeded, pruned trees, raked, and overall 30 volunteers worked tirelessly for 3 hours, for a total of 90 labor hours to make the River House look spectacular. This was the first in what hopefully will be many similar outings at Rood Bridge Park!
Bike Fix Up Day
Each spring we partner with the Hillsboro Police Department to fix-up and donate bikes to disadvantaged children in Hillsboro. We have also partnered with the trauma unit at Emanuel Hospital to purchase bike helmets at a reduced cost. Each child gets a helmet along with the bike.
Please visit the calendar for the date of the next Bike Fix-Up.
Stockings for the children of Homeless Veterans
Last year our club partnered with the Salvation Army in an effort to give Christmas Stockings to children of homeless Veterans. Many of these children had never had the thrill of receiving a Christmas Stocking. This was an overwhelming success. This year the hope is to not only fill the stockings, but to personally present them to the children at an annual Christmas party for the Veterans.
Please visit the calendar for participation information.
HomePlate is Washington County’s only non-profit provider of drop-in centers and street outreach for young people experiencing homelessness. We plan, prepare and serve dinner to homeless and at risk youth in Washington County.
This is proudly one of our club’s top rated service projects, we average of 150 volunteer hours each year. Volunteers spend the evening getting to know other Rotarians and also have the opportunity to interact with these amazing young people. It’s always a heartwarming evening.
Please visit our calendar for the upcoming HomePlate schedule.