Community Service encourages every Rotarian to find ways to improve the quality of life for people in their communities and to serve the public interest.  We support many causes and organisations in the local community, including the following.  For more information on these projects, contact Ivo Georgiev  To view 2017/18 report, 
 
Project
Description
Lakehouse
 
 
Women over 55 currently sleeping rough or in severe housing stress will be able to seek shelter in new pop-up accommodation in Melbourne’s City of Port Phillip.  The aged care facility known as Claremont Home, operated by CaSPA Care, has now been converted to a "pop-up" accommodation.
 
 
Star Health (was Inner South Community Health)
 
Supporting the local community with items such as:
  • A mother with 3 young children (currently in out of home care) needs a new mobile phone to keep in contact with her kids. She’s working hard to get them back in her care.
  • A 33-year-old female from Ethiopia escaping family violence and currently in crisis accommodation has been diagnosis with PTSD. She needs assistance purchasing items she will need for her accommodation.
  • A 43-year-old female with mental illness is the primary carer for her 7-yearold daughter and due to the state of her home, she could lose her daughter. Funding will provide an industrial clean to ensure she’s not in breach of tenancy and evicted. 
In total, we donated $5,000.  For more information, go to https://www.starhealth.org.au
South Port Day Links
 
Volunteer based organisation that has been delivering services to older people, people with disabilities and those who care for them in the City of Port Phillip.  Our $5,000 donation is enabling SPDL to purchase a new car to allow community transport provision within the entire City of Port Phillip to older people, people with a disability and those who care for them.
 
For more information, go to http://www.spdl.org.au/
 
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
 
United Way Australia licenced the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Australia and Rotary Albert Park joined as a Community Partner in 2015, donating almost $5,000. To date we have graduated 18 kids receiving a book each month delivered to their homes, a further 27 kids are coming through.  Kids are from:
  • Bubup Child Care Centre, Port Melbourne
  • South Melbourne Mission Kindergarten
For further information, go to https://imaginationlibrary.com/au/
Albert Park College
 
The Rotary Albert Park book store is located in the premises of the Albert Park College and provides the following:
  • 25% of income received from book sales is donated to APC, and will total around $4,000 each financial year.
  • Donated 1000s of books to their library each year.
  • RAP hosts a Book Fair each year at Albert Park College
St Kilda Mums
 
St Kilda Mums recycle nursery equipment including cots, prams and car seats, as well as clothes and other baby essentials.  Our donation of $1,500 enabled St Kilda Mums to purchase reversible car restraints at wholesale for $110 and delivered to St Kilda Mums.
 
For further information, go to https://www.stkildamums.org/
Launch Housing
 
Launch Housing provides housing and support services to individuals, couples and families experiencing homelessness. This includes crisis accommodation, transitional, medium and long term supportive housing, and access to private rental.  Our donation of $1,500 enabled Launch Housing to purchase 30 new chairs for their communal dining room. The dining room provides a safe space for residents to enjoy breakfast, engage in activities and meet with support workers and co-residents. 
 
For further information, go to https://www.facebook.com/launchhousing/
Australian Rotary Health
 
Australian Rotary Health is one of the largest independent funders of mental health research within Australia.  This year we donated $1,200.
 
For further information, go to https://australianrotaryhealth.org.au/
Donations in Kind
 
Rotary Donations In Kind is a major recycling operation, run by volunteers, that gives suitable goods to people in need, for free.  Our donation of $5,000 will support their rental payments to enable DIK to continue to provide goods for local and international benefit.  Recently RAP collected bedlinen and goods from DIK to provide to YWCA/Claremont House set up.  Solar Smiles were also able to access several thousands of dollars worth of dental equipment.
 
For further information, go to http://www.rotarydik.org/
Fight MND
 
Donated $10,000 on behalf of guest speaking at the annual Golf Day.
 
Other Community Donations
 
  • The Queens Fund – donated $1,000 as part of the new members grant to help women having difficulty paying their bills.
  • Parkinson’s Walk – donated $500
 
Community Activity
 
 
  • YWCA/Claremont House – purchased $844 worth of bedlinen and pillows to set up the rooms for homeless women moving into Claremont House. Members from RAP are also providing support to YWCA where required.
  • "It's in the Bag" Christmas campaign – RAP members donated a total of 56 bags.
  • Shine on Awards – RAP nominated Mischa Ginns for a Shine on Award and she won the Adult Community Award.
 
Past Projects
 
Project
Description
Rotary Park in St Kilda
 
Rotary District Working Bee at the Rotary Park in St Kilda
 
South Port Community Housing Group
 
see http://www.spchg.org.au/
Sea Scouts
 
Painting of Hall, provision of kitchen equipment
Dream Cricket
 
DreamCricket was initiated by the Movement Disorder Foundation in concert with the Rotary Clubs of the Southern Highlands and the Bradman Foundation.  The aim to provide an opportunity for primary school students with a disability to play on the Bradman Oval and to visit the Bradman International Cricket Hall of Fame.
Evolve
 
Working bees at Typo camp, see https://portal.clubrunner.ca/4551/PhotoAlbums/typo-working-bee-apr-2014
CaSPA Care
 
CaSPA Care is a a longstanding, not-for-profit body set up by the community to care for the elderly in South Melbourne.
International Women’s Day Breakfast
 
Debating discussing and actioning for greater diversity in Rotary and society at large, see
 
 
Nganambala School
 
The Nganambala School Kitchen Project is a project to bring fresh veggies to a remote community.  For more info, see http://clubrunner.blob.core.windows.net/00000004551/en-au/files/homepage/nganambala-kitchen-project/Nganambala.pdf
Nourish Our Kids: Footy Nuts
 
Improving the nutrition for indigenous children, see https://portal.clubrunner.ca/4551/PhotoAlbums/footy-nuts-launch-2014
RCAP Kites Festival