The Rotary Club of Montecito regularly participates in volunteer activities in Montecito, our surrounding community and in countries around the world. These are a few of the projects we've been involved with recently. 
 
If you'd like to join us or need volunteer service in your area, contact Matt Kowallis, our Service chairperson, at mattkowallis.bvm@gmail.com
 
 
Local Projects
 
Montecito Beautification Day
Rotarians and our neighbors work together to clean up our community.  Once the work is done, participants enjoy refreshments and music in Montecito's Upper Village.
 
Zone 25/26 Rotarians at Work Day
Rotarians from five western states joined forces in Santa Barbara to provide a variety of services for the United Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara County.  Activities included painting the gymnasium, building bookcases and sorting books.
 
 
Volunteering for the Visit of the San Salvador
The San Salvador, a replica of ship Juan Cabrillo sailed when exploring the California Coast, visited Santa Barbara as part of the Pacific Heritage Tour.  Rotarians and other Maritime Museum volunteers assisted guests on and off the ship and provided information about the ship and Cabrillo's voyages.
 
Montecito Rubber Duck Regatta

The Rotary Club of Montecito, in partnership with the Montecito Family YMCA co-host the Montecito Rubber Duck Race to raise funds for the local community projects for each organization. In the contest, 1000 ducks will race from one end of the Montecito Family YMCA pool to the other fueled by leaf blowers and the spirit of the crowd.

During the fun-filled, family-friendly event, attendees enjoy a wide variety of games, food, refreshments, and entertainment for all ages!  Multiple "heats" of ducks will charge down the pool, with winners matched up in semi-final and final rounds...and the winners take home wonderful prices!  

 
Global Projects

 
 
Mumosho Water Project
The Mumosho Water Project included the construction of new spigots, the repair of broken spigots, and the addition of two reservoirs and a water tank at the Mumosho Health Clinic. The project created direct access to clean water for about 18,000 people but indirectly affects over 50,000 residents. Our club partnered with the clinic to train health care workers and community mobilizers to educate the villagers on clean water practices. The project has reduced waterborne diseases. Because people no longer have to travel long distances to access water, village women have more time to sell craft items in the market, pregnant women can access water at the health clinic, and children can go to school.
 
 
Pints For Polio
In support of Rotary International's signature project, End Polio Now, for the past few years Montecito Rotarians have held an annual fundraiser at a local brew-pub to raise funds for polio eradication. Typically this is held in late October in conjunction with World Polio Day.  With the generous support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, all funds raised are matched 2:1, thereby tripling our contributions to this important initiative.
 
Solar Lights for Morelia Mexico
In collaboration with the Rotary Club of Carpinteria Morning, we were able to provide 100 solar lights for the people of Morelia Mexico.
 
 
Teacher training in Sri Lanka
Working with the Rotary Club of Goleta noontime we are supporting early childhood education in rural Sri Lanka.
 
Teacher training in rural India
Working with the Rotary Club of Austin, TX we are helping educate 30,000 teachers in a rural Indian province to help them develop their teaching and language skills for the benefit of their students.