Every year Brentwood Rotarians take more than two dozen under privileged students back to school shopping at Kohl’s. This is special tradition that Rotary family members also take part in. The kids are all thrilled to be able to choose brand new clothes for back to school.
Brentwood Rotarians work hard to give back to our community. Here are some of the projects we completed during our 2014-2015 year. Every third grader in the Brentwood Unified School District, all 3rd graders in Discovery Bay & Oakley all got dictionaries. We helped fund many Eagle Scout projects. We give scholarships to graduating seniors, honor students of the quarter and send Interact students involved in leadership to Camp Royal. RotaCare is a free medical clinic in Pittsburg that we help support. The Pathway Home got $20,000 to help veterans suffering from PTSD. The list is as long as the needs are great. In addition to fundraising for many causes we also do a lot of grilling and pancake cooking for back-to-school nights, school carnivals/festivals, we’ve pained huge maps on every elementary school playground in Brentwood, Oakley and Discovery Bay. Our first club project was helping the Liberty FFA students revamp their garden and animal area. Brentwood Rotarians have a lot of energy!
Local Brentwood Rotarians recently took up the challenge to raise enough money to pay for one complete 14-week treatment stay at The Pathway Home, a treatment facility for veterans with PTSD and traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Everyday more than two dozen veterans are lost to suicide. The Pathway Home’s treatment program is one way to reverse that horrible statistic.
Every year the Napa Rotary Club puts on an event called the Cycle for Sight/Rotary Ride for Veteran’s. This is the sixth year the Brentwood Rotary Club has participated. During their first year they raised $1500 and last year they shattered their $10,000 goal by raising $13,000! They shattered their goal for this year, $15,000 by raising $20,000!
The Pathway Home, Inc. is a privately funded organization that provides comprehensive treatment for the nations’ military personnel who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. They assist those impacted by PTSD, TBI and other post-combat mental health challenges to successfully reintegrate into their families and the community at large. Since opening their doors in 2008, The Pathway Home, Inc. has successfully helped 420 warriors and 180 of their family members to cope with the effects of PTSD and TBI.
Every year the Brentwood Rotary Club (and many more Rotary Clubs) give each third grader a dictionary they get to keep. The goal of this program is to assist all students in becoming good writers, active readers, creative thinkers, and resourceful learners by providing them with their own personal dictionary. The dictionaries are a gift to each student to use at school and at home for years to come. Educators see third grade as the dividing line between learning to read and reading to learn, so we encourage our sponsors to give dictionaries each year to children in the third grade.
We give out over 1500 dictionaries every year. During the distribution each student is encouraged to look at the word before and after the one that they needed to look up. This “trick” is a way of helping students learn more than 1 new word each time they use their dictionary.
The next time a Rotarian asks you for a donation, either monetary or a door prize, keep The Dictionary Project in mind when you decide what you can do to help us out! Thank you.
Brentwood Rotary & The Liberty Interact Map Project
Painting huge maps on the playgrounds of all the elementary schools in Brentwood, Oakley, Knightsen & Discovery Bay has been a multi year project that the current Interact seniors are determined to finish before they graduate in June. They just completed the map at AlmondGrove and have 3 to go! They plan to complete 2 i April and the final one in May. What a fabulous gift these older students have provided to their younger counterparts. It’s a legacy of which they can be very proud!
What Has Brentwood Rotary Been Doing Lately?
Brentwood Rotarians work hard to support our community and the world beyond. Here’s some of the things we’ve given money to recently. Where do we get the money we donate? We have 3 major fundraisers each year; first our Golf Tournament in May, then our Trade Club (more about that in later posts) in October and finally our Poker Tournament in February. With all three fundraisers we have close to $30,000 to do good in the community and our world.
One of our recent fundraisers was a Rotary Club of Brentwood, Rotary Interact (high school aged Rotarians) Bowling for Polio. Last year they raised $750, this year they raised $1200 with a matching donation of $1,000 from Assemblyman Jim Fraizer (total $2200).
Stay Tuned for More Details on one of our Biggest Projects, The Dictionary Project.
One Drop & Cirque du Soleil Join Forces with Rotary
“We all drink from the same well. Water is our common bond, uniting us as human beings and as citizens of this planet. And yet, while this precious resource flows abundantly in some parts of the world, in others, water or lack thereof is a source of poverty and sickness. Every year, more than 3 million children die from water-related causes. Isn’t that a sufficient reason to act?” Guy Laliberté, founder of Cirque du Soleil.
o One Drop Foundation & Rotary will initiate joint WASH projects in Africa & Central America in the next five years
o The initial projects will be in Mali with a budget of $10 M.
o Total budget $20 million by year 2020.
- Mali is the largest state — 16.5 million, 66% under 25 years, access to clean water limited.
- Eight Rotary clubs in Bamako.
o Approximately 95 new wells
o 75 well heads will be repaired
o Eight complete systems
o Earthen dams
o Two reservoirs
o Purchasing commercial deep-water drill
- ABCs Out of poverty
o Access to clean water
o Pumps with eight moving parts — shelf life is 15 years, if maintained.
o 35% of hand pumps are not working
o 25% of all deaths caused by waterborne illnesses and poor hygiene.
o Engage & train and pay local groups of actors to present shows
o Collaborating with several major International Organizations to deliver a formal WASH program in schools.
Inexpensive models for hand washing.
o Production, transformation, commercialization
o Using micro credit to start businesses
o Improved food security and living conditions
Rotary International & Rotarians everywhere are committed to helping the very poor around the world a way out of poverty. We’re not about handouts, but a helping hand and guidance to a better way of life. Donating to your local Rotary Club helps finance these projects and many more, both in your community and around the world.