Discover how Rotary Club of Nanaimo is making a difference in our local community 
Supporting the Nanaimo Foodshare Society Initiative to Alleviate Hunger
As one of our centennial projects, we funded Nanaimo Foodshare for a walk-in cooler at its two-acre Cline Farm. The cooler will allow workers to store fruits and vegetables grown on the farm for the non-profit's Good Food Box program. This effort came during the Covid-19 pandemic as more Nanaimo residents needed access to healthy food. 
We also helped with digging and planting at the farm, allowing us to see and understand first-hand how Nanaimo Foodshare connects the community with resources, skills and knowledge to create change that increases access to healthy food for everyone. Click on the picture to see more images of the farm.
Funding Senior Friendly Furniture for Nanaimo Family Life Association
Offering services that touch all stages of life, Nanaimo Family Life Association particularly needed new furniture that suited its senior programs. With our donation, NFLA bought sturdy, comfortable chairs, folding tables, a coffee/tea station, upholstered chairs, desks, lamps, an outdoor rug, exercise equipment and speakers, and filing cabinets. The new acquisitions gave the non-profit flexibility to quickly arrange for activities and comfortable, practical furniture for its counseling rooms.
Click on the picture to see more pictures of NFLA.
VIU, the Rotary Club of Nanaimo and other partners hosted a sign-up event in the fall of 2019 at Pauline Haarer Elementary to help low-income families learn about and sign-up for Registered Education Savings Plans (RESPs) for their children's post-secondary education.
This second annual event was a major success as 100 families registered and got a better understanding about available resources, including the Canada Learning Bond of up to $2000…helping them build a better future for their children. Our club volunteered with food and activities, donated $10,000, and accessed Rotary district grant funding to support the initiative.
Celebrating the spirit of Christmas with Bayview Elementary
Every year, the Rotary Club of Nanaimo works with others in our community to provide a full turkey dinner to some who may not otherwise have this experience. Members volunteer to serve this Christmas favorite to the students at Bayview Elementary. Students give a short concert afterwards to show their appreciation.