Local Service
For more information on any of these projects — or to volunteer to work on one — contact the Vice President of Local Community Service.
Baby Showers with the Homeless Prenatal Program
We stuff diaper bags with items that all new mothers need, and then provide them as gifts at baby showers for homeless expectant mothers as they graduate from prenatal and parenting classes offered by the Homeless Prenatal Program. Club members are welcome to participate at all of these events, held quarterly.
Bike Build
Once each spring, we assemble shiny new bicycles and give them to third graders at San Francisco Public Schools, along with helmets and locks. The San Francisco Police Department provides safety training. The Salvation Army provides a nutritious lunch. There are volunteer opportunities on the planning committee and at the Bike Build event.
Dictionary Project
We visit San Francisco public elementary schools throughout the school year to give third-graders brand new hard-bound dictionaries and teach them how to use them. This is the first book that many of these third-graders own. There are many opportunities to participate throughout the school year.
Emergency Services Day
Once a year we honor members of the San Francisco Police Department, the Fire Department, the Sheriff’s Department, and the local US Coast Guard. Each honoree receives a plaque and a "night on the town" with their special someone. This special luncheon event has been one of our most popular programs since it began in 1987. There are volunteer opportunities on the planning committee and at the next Emergency Services Day event to be held in the fall of 2020.
Family Survival Packs
We work with Catholic Charities to provide backpacks containing essential supplies to newly-displaced families as they arrive at shelters. Adults receive basic clothing, toiletries, snacks, and important information. Children receive books, toys, and a sweet treat. These backpacks help families cope with the first few days of shelter life while providing a sense of dignity by restoring some personal property to them. Volunteers are needed to fill and distribute these packs.
Food and Fellowship at The Arc of San Francisco
We work with the staff and clients of The Arc of San Francisco to plan, prepare, and share a dinner once a month. We also prepare and serve a festive Thanksgiving luncheon to hundreds of clients of The Arc every year. The Arc is a community-based organization serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities including autism, Down syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, and others. This is the only Thanksgiving celebration available to many of the people who attend. Club members are welcome to volunteer for any of these meals.
Holiday bell ringing with The Salvation Army
Club members and friends enjoy an afternoon ringing the bell in Union Square to collect donations for The Salvation Army during the holiday season. All members are welcome to participate.
RotaCare Bay Area
RotaCare Bay Area is a volunteer alliance of medical professionals, organizations, and community members (including Rotarians) dedicated to providing free primary healthcare services to uninsured families and individuals with limited ability to pay. RotaCare is volunteer driven and supported solely through locally-based philanthropy.
Socks and More Socks
Our Club works with the Homeless Prenatal Program, the San Francisco Fire Department, and the San Francisco Police Department to distribute 1,500 pairs of new socks to our homeless neighbors. Club volunteers deliver socks to our partner organizations three times a year.