How We Serve
Community Service Committee
Committee Chairs: Ellen Bryson, Alex Monroe
Meets: First Friday of the month, following the Club meeting, Marriott
(Date is subject to change. Members, please confirm with committee chair)
La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary’s commitment to Service Above Self is channeled through the Avenues of Service, which offer club members a framework for following their passion and implementing projects that have a positive impact locally and globally.
Community Service offers club members the opportunity to improve the quality of life in our local communities. LJGT Rotary Club has implemented a variety of local service projects that help our neighbors overcome challenges, address basic needs, and enhance their quality of life. Following are examples of the types of projects undertaken by our Community Service Committee:
Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition (BSCC):
The BSCC helps rescue and integrate former victims of trafficking. They work with many police departments, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and Mexico. We have contributed funds and goods to help their thrift shop as well as some counseling for victims.
Braille Institute is nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate barriers to a fulfilling life caused by blindness and severe sight loss. We participate in hands-on activities as needed.
CCSA Back to School Backpacks:
This is a community outreach program coordinated by CCSA. The program involves donation of new backpacks, school supplies and socks for kids. This helps needy families get their children ready for the school year. CSC buys the backpacks and asks the rotary members to donate items to fill the backpacks, including paper, pencils, bags, crayons, etc.
CCSA Holiday Baskets:
The Christian Community Services Association identifies needy families in our community and works with numerous groups to help meet their needs. Our Community Services Committee sponsors the Community Christian Service Agency (CCSA) Adopt-A-Family Gift Baskets program for needy families. Each adopted family will receive a family gift basket containing non-perishable food along with a food store gift card and a gift card to Target. All LJGT Rotary Club members support our Holiday Basket sponsorship by participating in a food drive. The donated food allows us to spend our designated money on gift cards for our families.
Dress for Success San Diego:
Dress for Success San Diego is a non-profit organization focused exclusively on helping low income women acquire jobs, build careers and improve the quality of life for their children and families. Our volunteers collect, sort and donate workplace clothing, accessories and personal care products.
Miramar Food Locker with the Marines:
Provide funding for Thanksgiving & Christmas dinners for needy military families at Miramar Air Station. When military restrictions allow, we distribute turkey and all the trimmings a couple of days prior to the holiday. Request is also proposed for upgrade to install gates at the locker.
Police Project Improvements:
For the San Diego Police Department we provide a 46 inch TV to modernize Western Division’s staff break room and/or support improvement of front entrance to Western Division Police Station.
The sale of holiday poinsettia plants to members and friends generates funds for our Club’s dozens of Avenue of Service projects.
Ronald McDonald House:
This home provides lodging, meals, and comfort for families whose children are being treated at Children’s Hospital. Our volunteers have cooked and served meals to families at the house.
Rotarians at Work Day:
A hands-on volunteer day focused on a different project each year. In 2013 we painted classrooms at Preuss School, a coeducational college-preparatory charter day school on the campus of UCSD.
Salvation Army TLC:
TLC is a shelter for battered or abused women and their children. Volunteers assemble 30 or more Easter baskets with toys and candy for the children and gift cards for the mothers. The event typically takes place the week before Easter.
San Diego Rescue Mission:
San Diego Mission is a rehabilitative and residential home for homeless and individuals enrolled in programs. It is partially funded by its thrift store revenue. We are targeting filling a truck with our unused clothing, miscellaneous personal items and furnishings.
Therapeutic Horsemanship / Upward Bound:
We take children from the USD Upward Bound Program to Therapeutic Horsemanship. They shovel sand, clean tack, walk horses, and help with lessons for the morning, then we feed them lunch, and the facility teaches them to ride. Vocational Service Committee pays for the children’s transportation, and we make a donation to Therapeutic Horsemanship.
Veterans Hospital Visitation:
Five -ten volunteers visit veterans in the Spinal Cord Unit of the VA Hospital in La Jolla. Our program with the Veterans Hospital is multi-faceted. We provide toiletry items to patients as needed; and we have targeted the Spinal Cord Injury Unit to provide semi-annual dinners and social time.
Voices for Children:
Voices for Children provides Court Appointed Special Advocates for foster children. We will organize an activity for the children, such as a bowling event when school is out. This will includes two hours of bowling, shoes, and pizza and soda. Our previous event occupied 15 lanes at the 32nd street Naval Station bowling alley.
YMCA OZ provides safe houses for troubled teens. Teens stay at the home for two- three weeks. They receive individual & family counseling. Our crew of 10-12 volunteers decorate two YMCA OZ homes for the holiday season and help with holiday card making. We also provide funds for holiday dinner, gifts, and movie tickets.