Rotary Club Of
P.O. Box 122, Moraga, California 94556
Chartered 1967 "Service Above Self"
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Community Service Projects
Community Service includes those activities in which Rotarians make substantial and lasting improvements in the quality of life of their community.
Moraga Rotary has made a commitment to improving our community and our world. We do so by raising money to provide dictionaries, books, supplies, shelter, and meals, and by using our hands to build play-sets, make Christmas stockings, paint maps, pull weeds, and participate in events that provide opportunities for the children in our community to have fun as well as learn.
Our thanks is the smile on a child's face, the thank you from a parent, and the handshake or hug from someone in need who has been helped by our contributions or our hands-on labor.
This past year we have supported these local projects:
The following are some of the past projects that Moraga Rotary has participated in. The list is far from complete, and will continue to grow, so please, visit often.
Recycling the Moraga Commons Play Structure:
The Town of Moraga received a grant to replace the upper commons wooden play structure that was perfectly good but had rotted wooden posts below ground level. But the funds were not enough to pay for the disassembly and removal of the structure. The Parks & Recreation department called Moraga Rotary for help.
As it turned out, Moraga Rotary has recycled old play structures by carefully removing them, documenting instructions for reassembly, and then shipping them to other Rotary clubs that replace broken parts, repaint and install them like new for free in some needy community.
On a crisp November weekend, members of Moraga and Orinda Rotary clubs, supported by Boy Scout Troop 246 and St. Mary's Rotaractors, began the disassembly and palletizing project using jack hammers, saws and hand tools. Part of the project was disposing of the heavy mat material around the structure.
The disassembly activity was also the Eagle Scout project of Odyssey of the Mind team member Colton Jang, who drew the reassembly drawings, numbered and photographed all the pieces, and directed his troop members.
By mid-afternoon, all the equipment had been removed, palletized and banded. Rotary leader Gary Irwin had previously communicated with Rolando Chavez from the Rotary Club of Montemorelos, Mexico, whose club had just built a neighborhood park but had no funds for a playground. Moraga Rotary will fund shipping the equipment, and the Montemorelos Rotary Club will receive and refurbish the Moraga Commons equipment, and install it as a gift to their community.
A tremendous team effort for an international community service project, benefitting the children of Moraga and Montemorelos, Mexico.
3rd Grade Dictionaries:
Each year, Moraga Rotary gives every third grade student in the Moraga School District, Saklan School and Canyon School a hard-bound dictionary to keep for life. It is part of our commitment to support the education of children to make them better citizens of the world.
Moraga Rotary receives letters from students, teachers, and parents, letting us know that the dictionaries are an important part of their education.
Teachers have told us that they look forward to the new dictionaries each year, building homework and study assignments that engage the student encourage them to use the dictionary.
This year we broadened this effort to include 3rd grade children in St. Anthony's School in Oakland, and students in the Transition Learning Center in San Pablo. A dictionary for every third grade student. A goal, and a commitment from Moraga Rotary.
On an overcast day in October 2004, Moraga Rotarians and members of the Miramonte and Campolindo Interact Clubs came together at Rancho Laguna park in Moraga to build a playground train and train station. The playground equipment was a gift to the children and community of Moraga to recognize the 100th anniversary of Rotary International.
The train station came complete with a real schedule, and by the hands on the clock, the train is on time. A great deal of effort was made to provide a sense of history by researching the original train station in Moraga where OSH now stands. A large sign with a photo tells the history when trains ran through Moraga.
Playground Maps of the United States:
As part of the ongoing commitment to the children of our community, Moraga Rotary embarks on projects that improve the schools here in Moraga. A request came to us from a Donald Rheem Elementary school teacher, who had a class project that studies the history of the United States by "traveling" through each state, and studying it's history and the contribution it makes to our country.
The teacher thought it would be a great idea to have a map of the United States painted on the school grounds, so the students could have the visual impact of a large map. With the support of the Moraga School District, and the teachers, a project was born, the template and paint ordered, and a map created.
In keeping with our focus on the schools in our community, we have painted a US map on the Los Perales, Saklan School, and Donald Rheem school grounds. This year we added a new one at the Transition Learning Center.
Transition Learning Center:
The Transition Learning Center is located in San Pablo, California, and is the last educational stop for children with behavioral problems in kindergarten though high school. The school exists in 7 portable classrooms located behind another school facility.
The teaching staff is committed to providing students with the academic and behavioral skills required to reason, communicate, and live with dignity in a literate society. Moraga Rotary has taken on the TLC as a special project, in keeping with our mission of making children better citizens of the world.
Our first project was to donate a Leap Frog Learning System, a computer based system to teach reading and geography, especially for younger children.
Next we funded the installation of an internet service to all 7 of the portable classrooms.
Then, one brisk Saturday morning, a team of over 40 Rotarians and friends descended upon them and worked all day to repaint the exteriors of all 7 classrooms, brightening up the whole place for the returning students on Monday. Teachers and school district staff also turned out to help.
Last year we donated weight lifting equipment, benches, a rowing machine, exercise machines, floor mats, plus indoor table games so the children have a place to play and work out during rainy days. In addition, we provided outdoor equipment for the sunny days.
Christmas Stockings for Juvenile Hall:
Every year in October, Moraga Rotarians begin the process of creating 300 Christmas Stockings for all the children incarcerated in Juvenile Hall in Martinez. We begin by cutting red and green felt in the shape of large stockings. Next, the members take them home and sew them into stockings.
Then on a Saturday in November we meet in a conference room at Juvenile Hall with a dozen girls that the hall assigns to us. The artistic skills of the girls come out as we begin to decorate all the stockings with colorful glitter glue. Their initial fears and shyness evaporates quickly as the seasonal joy begins to fill the room.
The next step in early December is a club stocking stuffing party followed by a pot luck dinner with Rotarians, spouses, Interactors from Campolindo and Miramonte schools, Rotaractors from St. Mary's College, and Odyssey of the Mind team members. We create a long assembly line where we fill the stockings with hotel soaps and shampoos, small toys and games, socks and hair bands, and top them off with leftover Halloween candies.
The final action is we take all the stockings to Juvenile Hall on Christmas eve for distribution. But in addition we bake over 90 dozen home-made cookies to give to everyone at the hall. For some of the children, these simple gifts are the only presents they receive during the holidays. Moraga Rotary brings joy in a very simple way to kids who want to know someone cares about them.
On September 13th, 2005, fifteen Moraga Rotarians, along with Eilidh Tait, our youth exchange student from Scotland, came together at a local hall to make fleece blankets for the people affected by the Katrina hurricane and subsequent flooding. Together we prepared 50 blankets for distribution through the local Houma Rotary club in the affected area.
As a byproduct, we weaved together the remnants to make fleece play toys for the cats and dogs at our local animal shelters.
In total, the Moraga Rotary Club raised $2,900 in club member contributions, $10,000 in community donations, and an additional $500 in Red Cross donations.
The contributions provided 3500 pounds of dehydrated food products, and a number of ShelterBoxes, each one providing shelter, sleeping bags, cooking utensils, and water purification tablets for ten people.
The remaining money was sent to Houma Rotary club in the affected area to be used to help with shelter, food, and for the rebuilding process. Using local Rotary clubs provides the means to get the most out of a donated dollar, with 100% of the all the contributions actually going to the Katrina effort.
Copyright: Rotary Club of Moraga, 2012