Areas of Focus

Rotary is dedicated to causes that build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world to support our peace efforts and end polio forever.

Growing local economies — Through our service with the Midnight Mission, we call on every Rotarian to work with integrity and contribute their expertise to the problems and needs of our local communities and internationally. Learn more in An Introduction to Vocational Service and the Code of Conduct.

Providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene — Our International Service in Africa encourages every Rotarian to find ways to improve the quality of life for people internationally. Learn more in Communities in Action: A Guide to Effective Projects.

Promoting peace — Our work in various countries as well as with International Exchange Students, exemplifies our global reach in promoting peace and understanding. We also support this avenue of service by sponsoring or volunteering on international projects, seeking partners abroad, and more.

Supporting education — Youth Service in our Club, recognizes the importance of empowering youth and young professionals through leadership development programs such as RotaractInteractRotary Youth Leadership Awards, and Rotary Youth Exchange. Our Rotaract Club consists of young individuals trying to make a positive impact in the world.

Fighting disease — We have been longstanding supporters of our global End of Polio campaign. That, in conjunction with our other projects, makes our Club a strong partner for fighting disease.

Saving mothers and children — Through our empowering work in Africa and Los Angeles, we are able to touch the lives of young mothers and their children. Our Club often joins other Clubs in this effort.

Protecting the environment — This is a new avenue of service for Rotary and we welcome it with open arms. We are currently seeking partners as well as individuals who would like to make a change in this area. Get in touch!


The Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles is on the front lines of the homelessness crisis in Los Angeles, serving our community and building capabilities for self-sufficiency with at-risk individuals. Through partnerships with leading organizations like the Midnight Mission, our members are able to engage at the heart of the problem and make a lasting difference that can be directly seen on the streets of Los Angeles.

Water and Sanitation

At RotaryDTLA, we believe that clean water and sanitation are foundational elements of the well-being and success of every community. Our members have leveraged their diverse range of professional skillsets to develop clean water and sanitation solutions in rural Kenya that are currently providing over 15,000 students in 28 schools with access to clean water, improved latrines, handwashing facilites, and menstrual products.

DTLA Beautification

Downtown Los Angeles is where our members work, live, and play, and we believe it is our responsibility to be effective stewards of that space for ourselves and our community. Our members have spearheaded initiatives to install free libraries, doggie bag dispensers, and other beautification efforts that have a noticeable and lasting impact on the community.

Peace Building

The Rotary Club of Anityville (and some members of the nearby city council) partnered with Habitat for Humanity to create 20 town homes on Announcie Street in downtown Anityville.

Member involvement was the focal point in building the homes and surrounding landscapes.  Rotary Club members completed hands-on work alongside other volunteers. The new house keys were presented to 20 families in need at the Harvest Ceremony in October 2016.


Our club believes that education is the most effective means of combating some of the world’s most pressing issues. At home, we work directly with leading organizations like Equitas Academy to build strong educational foundations and capabilities in underprivileged youth. Abroad, our members have helped plan, fund, and build schools that have forever enhanced the lives and prospects of thousands of young people.