This topic is one of Rotary’s six areas of focus. “Unemployment, underemployment, lack of economic opportunity, lack of appropriate training, and the absence of (sufficient) social safety nets lies at the cover of poverty.” Economic and Community Development Project Strategies, Rotary Take Action Guide. See the guide HERE.
“Rotary Clubs all over the world work with communities to enhance economic and community development. Every community has different needs and different opportunities to serve.” The publication is intended to help you do the following:
Ask the right questions,
identify real needs,
and make the greatest possible impact with the time, energy, and resources you have at your disposal.
It is well worth reviewing. While some of the material is obviously global in nature, there is a significant amount of ideas you can use locally.As Sandy and I visit Clubs, both large and small, we note vacant and boarded up buildings. In addition, many Clubs have commented that their size has dwindled as the community has lost businesses. Working to improve local employment opportunities can have a favorable impact on both our communities and our Clubs.