Rotary’s mission is “Service above Self” and Southtowne Eugene Rotary members live out that mission locally. Below is a list of the many projects we are involved in.
- 15th Night – RAN: Help provide Emergency Supplies to assist this project get teenagers experiencing homelessness to help keep them safe and well.
- 4J McKenney-Vento: Provide much-needed school supplies each year.
- 4J ECCO Highschool: Aid young adults apply for and receive their Oregon State Identification Card.
- Hosea Drop-In Center: Cook and provide meals as part of a rotation of volunteer organizations to homeless young adults who find refuge at the Hosea Drop-In Center.
- Eugene Mission Support: Provides volunteers to serve meals as part of a rotation of volunteers at the Mission.
- Sock-it-to-me!: Provide socks to adults experiencing homelessness through our partnership with St. Vincent DePaul.
- Backpack Stuffing: An annual evening of fun stuffing school supplies into backpacks that St. Vincent DePaul distributes before school starts.
- Pilas Program: Provide educational materials to children and fiesta fun for the whole family at different events throughout the year hosted by Downtown Languages.
- Educational Stipends: Not every adult needs to attend college, but there are many parents that need a leg up to get a certification so they can begin a career that provides for their family. We provide that leg up when we get the call from Head Start of Lane County. We also provide mentoring when needed.
- Head Start Service Team: Providing storytime and craft time monthly with our little friends at Head Start in the Bethel School District.
- Emergency Services: When Head Start teachers learn of a crisis going on with one of their student’s family life, they call Southtowne Rotary members for help. Rotary leaps to action, whether it’s providing a working refrigerator or helping a family to be housed rather than living in a car.
- Emergency Services Food Box Program: provides almost 200 food boxes each month to families in the Bethel school district area who are suffering from food insecurity during this COVID-19 crisis.
- Community Partners Food Box Program: We provide boxes of non-perishable foods to the food cupboards at three Head Start school locations, Downtown Languages, and Fairfield Elementary so that the educators there can provide food to families in need.
- Fairfield Elementary Support: Rotarians coach 3rd, 4th, and 5th-grade children for the Oregon Battle of the Books competition, meeting with children under the librarian’s supervision to help them comprehend what they are reading.