Local projects provide excellent opportunities for our members to volunteer, fundraise, enjoy camaraderie, and directly benefit our community:
Chapman Partnership for the Homeless
The Rotary Club of Miami helps Chapman by providing volunteers to prepare and serve meals to the residents of the shelter. In addition to hands on volunteerism, the club contributes enough money each time to feed 400 people staying at the homeless shelter.
The Rotary Club of Miami also helps the residents of Chapman by collecting and packing new household goods for people transitioning out of homelessness. As families get back on track and move out of the shelter, they lack basic items like dishes, silverware, linens, and small appliances.
University of Miami Bone and Tissue Bank
Recently, our club raised $10,000 and The Batchelor Foundation of Miami made a very generous donation of $88,000 to complete the fundraising to purchase a digital x-ray machine for the UMBTB. This new machine will enhance the ability to provide bone and tissue grafts with particular relevance in helping younger people avoid amputations due to diseases like bone cancer. Our involvement continues to be to raise additional funds and awareness with the general public of the importance of organ, bone and tissue donation.
Armed Forces Service Center at Miami International Airport
Our club raised money to help refurbish and improve the lounge used by members of our Armed Forces as they travel to, from or through Miami. We continue to support the lounge with periodic donations to help pay for supplies. The lounge provides a quiet, comfortable seating area away from the noise and congestion of the airport terminal for members of the military and their dependents. The Military Hospitality Lounge offers an array of services including snacks, beverages, computers, internet access, phones, books, magazines, TV's/DVD's/VCR's, and even emergency overnight accommodations.
Magazines for VA Hospital, Military Lounge at MIA, Ryder Trauma Unit.
After you have read them, bring your magazines to our weekly meetings. We distribute them throughout the waiting rooms at the VA Hospital, the Ryder Trauma Unit and the Military Lounge at Miami International Airport. So far, we have collected and distributed over 2,500 magazines and the feedback has been resoundingly positive.
Interact is the Rotary organization for high school students. The Interact Club members perform community service projects. The Rotary Club of Miami sponsors the Interact Club at Miami Senior High School. Our involvement includes financial support, mentoring, assisting the Interact Club with projects and events, and including the members in our club’s projects.
For graduating high school seniors, the Rotary Club of Miami offers a “Rotary 4-Way Test” scholarship of up to $2,500. The scholarship is awarded based on essays submitted by the students about how they apply the 4-Way Test to their daily lives. The 4-Way Test is a Rotary principle that asks us to consider and act on the following in the things we think, say and do: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Rotaract is the Rotary organization for college students and young professionals. The Rotaract members organize and participate in community service projects and events. The Rotary Club of Miami sponsors the Rotaract Club at Florida International University. Our involvement includes financial support, mentoring, assisting the Interact Club with projects and events, and including the members in our club’s projects. We are in the initial stages of sponsoring another Rotaract Club at Miami-Dade College.