Biking across America to raise awareness about hunger and food waste

By Benjamin Rasmus, Rotary Club of Seattle-International District, Washington, USA; Program Director at Rotary First Harvest This past summer I biked across the United States with Heather Hoffman to raise awareness about hunger and food waste. I work at Rotary First Harvest – a program of Rotary District 5030 (Seattle, USA) that combats hunger and …

World Food Day 2014: Feeding the World. Caring for the Earth.

Rotary International and The Global FoodBanking Network Fight Hunger and Food Waste By: Craig A. Nemitz, Ph.D. (h.c.) Director of Field Services, The Global FoodBanking Network; Charter Member of the Channahon/Minooka Rotary Club, Illinois, USA 16 October, World Food Day, is a day for people and organizations to come together to create awareness, share ideas, …

Rotarian-built network eliminates food waste, feeds hungry neighbors

By David Bobanick, Mercer Island Rotary Club, Washington, USA; Chair of the Hunger & Malnutrition Rotarian Action Group; Executive Director of Rotary First Harvest http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLF7kFGhJ8s Since joining Rotary First Harvest – a program of Rotary District 5030 (USA) in 2001, I have had the unique opportunity to help expand this program’s strategic impact at the …

Lifecycle of a service project webinar lessons: Part 3

10 tips for securing resources for a successful service project By Ellina Kushnir, Rotary Programs staff Imagine this scenario: your club has conducted a community assessment and identified which needs should be targeted through a service project, you have put together a project plan, and now you’re ready to roll up your sleeves and get …

Philippine Rotary Day shines a light on Rotary Community Corps

By Jesse Allerton, Supervisor, Rotary Service Connections One of the best aspects of my job is supporting and promoting Rotary Community Corps (RCCs). These are teams of men and women organized with the help of a sponsoring Rotary club to take action and improve their communities. RCCs empower their members to play an active and …

Volunteers educate children and save lives in the face of Ebola outbreak

By Samuel Enders, Rotary Club of Yonkers-East Yonkers, New York, USA Having grown up in poverty in Liberia, West Africa, I know firsthand both the dire need for better educational opportunities in that country and the empowerment that a quality education provides. As the youngest of nine children, I experienced the death of my father …

Lifecycle of a service project webinar lessons: Part 2

Understanding the Community By Mary Jo Jean-Francois, Area of Focus Manager Before implementing a project, you will want to get to know the community you will be working with.  Community assessment empowers people by giving them a voice in the process. This will ultimately lead to higher impact, longer lasting change in the community and …

Monrovia club spearheads Ebola relief campaigns in Liberia

By Monique Cooper-Liverpool, Rotary Club of Monrovia, Liberia Today is 2 September, we are just past the fifth month anniversary of Liberia’s first encounter with the Ebola virus.  We are now 41 days into a declared national health emergency, 28 days into a national state of emergency and on the 16th day of an imposed …