Posted on Apr 19, 2020
May is Rotary's Youth Service Month! Throughout the month, Rotarians and younger members of the Rotary family, including Rotaractors, Interactors, and RYLA and Rotary Youth Exchange participants, celebrate the service, development, connections, and fun of Rotary's programs for young leaders.
Here are four ways to celebrate Youth Service Month during the COVID-19 pandemic:

1. It’s important to follow the guidelines set by your local government and health organizations for sheltering in place during COVID-19, but we can still put the service in Youth Service Month! There are still many ways to serve your community. Consider distributing hand sanitizer, sewing masks for essential workers, and helping seniors or others who are isolated. Check out this list of projects being conducted by Rotary clubs around the world for inspiration.

2. Maintain social connections, especially between generations. Schedule an online meeting with your sponsor Rotary club, or your program participants and alumni. Visit the Meeting Online learning topic to find and share resources, join discussions, and ask for expert advice about creating online meeting spaces.

3. Fundraise to support Rotary’s initiatives. In the midst of such difficult and uncertain times, you can empower local, Rotary COVID-19 projects by making a gift to the Disaster Response Fund. This Disaster Response Fund has already made COVID-19 Disaster Response grants possible and they are having a big impact. They are supplying hospitals in Belgium, Croatia, and Italy with lifesaving ventilators. They’re equipping frontline health care workers in Korea, Nigeria, the Philippines, Spain, and the United States with desperately needed personal protective equipment so they can care for patients safely. In India, disaster response grants are also improving conditions for patients and caregivers by bringing disinfectant sprayers, beds, and mattresses to health care facilities.

4. Encourage your club to earn this year’s Rotary Citation. Your Rotary, Rotaract, or Interact club can earn a Rotary Citation for achieving goals that strengthen Rotary and your club. Some goals include increasing club membership, developing sustainable service projects, giving to The Rotary Foundation, and building awareness of Rotary in your community.

Share how you’re celebrating Rotary’s Youth Service Month on social media with #RotaryYouthService!