We use our knowledge of local issues to identify areas of need, then apply our expertise and diverse perspectives to the problem. Our Rotary members are most likely at work in your community right now feeding the hungry, tutoring children, maintaining parks, and more. You can help.

Upcoming Projects

The Holiday Baskets Program, put together by the Community Resource Center, helps to provide needy families with basic necessities and some gifts during the holiday season.  All the supplies are donated by many generous donors and families will also receive a food box with a chicken or turkey and many other things to have a proper holiday meal.  We are going to be assisting with the disbursement of the holiday baskets and making the day move smoothly. We will need 20 volunteers for this project.  Visit our official event page here for more details and to sign up to volunteer.

Past Projects
Volunteer opportunity with the Community Resource Center helping to sort perishable food items for needy families. The holiday seasons can be extremely hard on low income families. Come out and help sort food items that will be disbursed to needy families. We need 6 volunteers for this opportunity. PLEASE WEAR CLOSED TOED SHOES AND LAYERED CLOTHING. Click here for more details on our event page.
To learn more about the Community Resource Center and their Holiday Basket Event visit the CRC official page here
Questions? Please contact Service Chair Tom B.

Rotary District 5340 is hosting a district wide service project at the Ray Griset Boys & Girls Club in Encinitas.
Help show the communities of the West Coast that ‘Rotary’s got their back’ in San Diego by putting your back into service at the San Diego tour stop as part of the Connecting for Good Tour.
Hard working Rotarians, Rotaractors and community members from all over the West Coast are taking the long way ‘round to the Zone Leadership Institute, by way of 23 Rotary Districts in a recreation vehicle making fourteen project stops to meet up with that District’s fellow Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors and community members. SHOW THE POWER OF SAN DIEGO AREA ROTARY CLUBS on November 9th in Encinitas, as the Connecting for Good tour stops at the RAY GRISET BOYS & GIRLS CLUB, where kids from all walks of life meet to learn character and citizenship, have a safe place to hang out, and become the leaders of tomorrow.

Come for a couple hours or stay for the entire day, whatever works best for you! We’ll have a number of projects available to our Rotarians and would LOVE your help:
  • Work hard digging and planting in the half acre urban farm
  • Paint and spruce up the Clubhouse with needed repairs and maintenance
  • Volunteer in the ceramics rooms where kids with autism spectrum and developmental disabilities find a calm and quiet place to learn and participate with others
  • Visit the Center for Healthy Lifestyle, and help prepare the outdoor space for the programs teaching kids about healthy eating, financial literacy, and self-esteem
As part of this wonderful day of service, you’ll enter into the Boys & Girls Club’s NO BULLY ZONE and make the environment one where Club kids feel safe and supported when they are out of school. The Club is longest serving youth organizations in its area having never turned a child away.  

If you can’t make it to the Day of Service during the day, join the socializing and networking at a lively happy hour to enjoy the company of friends starting at 5:30pm.  We'll be celebrating all of our wonderful accomplishments at the Boys & Girls Club and can't wait to see everyone!

Questions? Contact District Connecting for Good Chair Blake Johnson at

This past Saturday, SD Coastal Rotary members and friends volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House here in San Diego. Volunteers helped to prepare and serve lunch to more than 175+ people visiting the Ronald McDonald House. The Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego provides a place to stay, meals, and the necessities of home for the families of critically ill or injured children being treated at a San Diego-area hospital so they can focus on making sure their child has the care they need.

On October 15 & 16, District 5340 held the annual LEADERSHIP, ETHICS, ASPIRATIONS & DETERMINATION (LEAD) Youth Conference. Every year, SD Coastal Rotary sponsors two students to attend the Conference. We are also proud of our own Jackie & Jessica who put in many hours serving on the LEAD Committee for our District - Jackie as the LEAD Chair for the District, and Jessica as Co-Registrar. After a successful conference at this year's Camp Cuyamaca, Jessica shared this message on Facebook: "A wonderful weekend volunteering at LEAD, a camp for over 130 8th graders across San Diego. So proud that our Rotary district puts on such a powerful event and so grateful to be a part of it."
If you're interested in learning more about LEAD, check out their website here. They also have a Youtube Channel.

SD Coastal Rotary is officially ready to launch our first Little Free Library! 
Thank you to the countless members and friends who've helped us make this happen for our community. Most notably, thank you to Kara for all your hard work bringing this idea to life and coordinating every detail including the collecting of the hundreds of books, Chris, hobby carpenter and our club's president, who designed and constructed the first library, and Mari who helped us secure our first location. Thank you to the numerous other individuals who donated their books, money, and time.
Our first library will live in the La Jolla Colony Park, across the street from our meeting location at Leucadia Pizza. It can be found at the North Side of the park, under the pergola between the park and the Verano complex, giving readers a wonderful view while encouraging more foot traffic to this section of the park. Be sure to stop by the neighborhood and check it out. In the meantime, we've got a few photos of the project in progress below for you!

Come join in the fun!  Rotarians are invited to be advisors at District 5340's LEAD (Leadership, Ethics, Aspirations & Determination) Conference being held on October 15 and 16.   Best of all - There is no charge to Rotarians or to their club for serving as a LEAD Advisor!
LEAD is a two-day weekend leadership camp for 8th grade students where Delegates discuss issues of ethical responsibility, improve leadership and communication skills, develop a positive outlook on service and life, and have fun with new friends.  Delegates from middle schools around our District will attend, and we need 12+ Rotarian advisors to help direct activities.
If interested, please go the LEAD website at, click on the Advisors link and follow the instructions to complete the application.  You may call Paul Pierce at 760-942-9911, or email him at if you have any questions.

SD Coastal Rotarians met at Marine Street Beach on Sat. Sep 24th for our Adopt-A-Beach clean up. Several times a year our club heads to our beach for a clean up before grabbing brunch at a nearby cafe.
Click here for more photos from the event.

Sat Sep 24 9:00-19:30am
We are doing our September Service Project at Marine Street Beach in La Jolla, our adopted beach. Come join us and help clean the beach, followed by a Happy Hour at Su Casa in La Jolla. Street parking is available around the beach area.  The cleanup takes between 30 minutes to 45 minutes. People that aren't members of the club are welcome to join the beach cleaning fun! Check out the event page for more details.

We had an amazing trip to Ranchos de Los Ninos Orphanage, an orphanage supported by the Corazon de Vida Foundation in Valle de la guadalupe, Baja, Mexico. Roughly 20 volunteers from the San Diego Coastal Rotary Club and one of the Bay Area Rotary Clubs split into 3 groups. One group prepared lunch, and another facilitated arts & crafts activities for the kids, while another group painted rooms in the dormitories. After a rewarding day of work, we enjoyed the view from one of the wineries in the valley and had a delicious meal at a local restuarant. We stayed the night at a hotel in Ensanada and spent our Sunday on the beach playing volleyball and soaking up the sun before returning home to San Diego/San Francisco. Everyone had a great time and their hard work was much appreciated! Thank you to the numerous Rotarians who either participated in or supported this great project! A special thank you goes out to Tom Bierman and the Corazon de Vida Foundation for coordinating!
There are over 150 photos from the event. Click here to see the full photo album including Before/After pics.

On Saturday, San Diego Coastal Rotary Club and joined members of Rotary District 5340 to volunteer at Feeding America San Diego. With almost NINETY volunteers, it was a tremendous success! Together we sorted: 
900 pounds of plums
1400 pounds of pears
1800 pounds of apples
1700 pounds of tomatoes
860 loafs of bread
3200 pounds of reclaimed food
You can also see photos from across the district here.
Sat. Aug 6
Come join your fellow District 5340 Rotarians for a fun-filled morning and hands-on service project as we volunteer at the Feeding America San Diego Warehouse.  Spouses, friends and children 6+ years old are welcome and we'd love to have them join in on the fun! For more info click here.

Sunday, July 31
Help send off the HOP participants. Come enjoy the buffet and listen to some of the HOP participants speak about what they learned, how HOP influenced their understanding of the conflict and each other and what they plan to do with their lives on returning to the Middle East. There will be a live auction. Contact Jenny Parker for free tickets and more information.

San Diego Coastal Rotary Club members and friends volunteered at the SDMBBSC (San Diego Mission Bay Boat and Ski Club) monthly Blind Ski Clinic on Fiesta Island last weekend. Volunteers from SD Coastal helped with check-in, sign-ups for the different activities, lifejackets, swimming in the ocean, and assisted participants on and off the boats and tubes. A few volunteers even rode on the boats, communicating the riders' hand signals to speed up/slow down to the driver. The list of activities available included boat rides, intertubing, water skiing, and disc rides. We had a huge turnout both from participants and volunteers, and everyone had a great time!

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Sat, July 23rd
The event was a hit with both our volunteers and the participants last year. 10-12 volunteers are needed to spend the morning helping the participants get into the boats and help as needed both on land and while in the boats while you get the chance to cruise around the bay. Event runs from 9am-Noon. Volunteers will need to be there at 8:30am to set up. Lunch will be provided after so be sure to come out for this fun, outdoor activity. Click here to sign up.


Tue, July 19th
Please bring soccer balls, volley balls, Frisbees or any beach game that you like. Your service project will be to be American Rotary Ambassadors, play with the HOP kids and get to know them. You might also help with the food and cleanup too. Even is located in Oceanside at 1374 N. Pacific St. Contact Jenny Parker if interested.