Service Projects

Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Service Projects

  • Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden:
The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North, supports, cleans, and maintains the Butterfly Garden that is located in Gallup Park. The Butterfly Garden aim to create an environment through the planting of specific plants and flower to attract butterflies. This beautiful garden is on the side of the Huron River. Its a small garden in the shape of a knot with flowers targeted to attract Butterflies and Hummingbirds.​
Butterfly Garden
Visit our Clubs Butterfly Garden at Gallup Park 3000 Fuller Road Ann Arbor, Michigan. 
  • Green Baxter Court
The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North does various service projects with The Green Baxter Court Children. Green Baxter Court is a public housing site with 23 single-family town homes for low-income families. It is located on Green Road adjacent to Baxter Park.The Ann Arbor Housing Commission owns and maintains the property. 
  • Bike Distribution to the Green Baxter Court Children                      
  • Jenny's Market Outing
  • Wiards Haunted House Tour
  • Adopt a Family for Christmas
  • Backpack Donation for First Day of School.​
  • Food Gatherers:
Food Gatherers is the food rescue and food bank program serving Washtenaw County. They believe that in a nation of plenty, no one should go hungry. They partner with 170 agencies and programs, providing direct food assistance in the form of hot meals, nutritious snacks or emergency groceries to low-income adults, seniors and children in Washtenaw County.  
  • Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North member's has service projects that help the hungry by sorting out good and bad produce, putting good produce in boxes to go out to the needy and throwing away bad produce.
  • Veteran's Initiative: 
Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North helps our Veteran's.
  • ​​Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North promotes the Hire MI Vet Prep Day: 
    • Prep Days have volunteers to help Veterans prepare for the Hiring Event. Prep Days include resume preparation, mock interviewing and free haircuts provided.
  • Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North promotes the Hire MI Vet Hiring Event​: Hiring Event specifically designed and organized for veterans and their families. 
  • Working towards building the first Fisher House in Michigan. 
Fisher House
​​Fisher House Michigan will address an unmet need in Michigan, by supporting the 650,000 military families whose loved ones have served our country. It will provide a free place for them to stay at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, while the family member is undergoing treatment for a physical or psychological medical crisis.
The first Fisher House Michigan will be built starting in 2019 on the campus of our VA, and will be like a Ronald McDonald House for military families. Currently the need for lodging is staggering, 200-300 families PER MONTH are requesting a place to stay while their family member is receiving care.
There are 76 Fisher House across the US- none in our state. Even Ohio has four Fisher House and currently building two more! These homes are 13.400 square feet and have sixteen family suites. They have shared living room, dining room, kitchen and laundry facilities.
The Fisher House Foundation builds these homes once sites are approved by the Department of Veterans Affair (Ann Arbor's  has been approved). 
  • Empowered Man Ministries
Member's purchase undergarment for the Empowered Man Ministries.
  • Women's bras - all sizes from the smallest to the very largest
  • Women’s panties
  • Men under pants (briefs)
  • Long sleeve undershirts - both men's and women
Empowered Man Ministries works with men and women, that are impassioned in the Federal Correctional Institution in Milan Michigan, to educate them and prepare them for life outside the prison.
  • Micro-Finace Loan Project (2008-Present)
Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North has been a partner with RC Gbagada since 2008, in co-funding a Micro-finance Loan Project in Nigeria which was initiated by Rotn Ayotunde Onafuwa.
The micro-loan project is in its 9th year and funds about $9,000 in low-interest loans (~ $50-100/recipient) to benefit about 40 small business entrepreneurs in the Gbagada community (such as bakers, seamstresses, handymen, tailors, convenience storekeepers, etc).
The borrowers are mentored by Gbagada Rotarians to manage their cash flows, inventories and profits, and loan-repayment is nearly 100%.”
  • Nepal  Sanitation and Irrigation Re-vitalization Project (2018-2019) 
Objectives of the Nepal Sanitation and Irrigation Re-vitalization is:
  • To make available sanitary toilets in 4 Public Schools, in and around Bungmati.
  • Prevent the spread of water borne diseases avoiding community people using pond for bathing and washing purposes, on top of this community will benefit by raising fish in it.
  • Support Farmers by allowing them to use the excess water from the pond in their agricultural  farm.
  • Project Dignity of India:  
Statistics of individuals in India: ​​​​​​ 
  • 4 in 10 humans have no toilet facilities.
  • 90 percent of diarrhea is caused by bad water
  • There has been a 40 percent decrease in cases of diarrhea in areas that now have toilets.
Project Dignity places Rotary-funded toilets with selected families who will set a good example for their neighbors, to encourage sanitary habits.
Clean water means that children are healthier and able to go to school regularly. This means that mothers are able to work to improve their families’ lives. Private toilets mean that girls and women can have dignity and freedom.
Project Dignity’s Rotary partners are: our own club and Rotary clubs in Ann Arbor Downtown, Ferndale, Milan and Saline. We are also working with the Rotary Club of Calcutta Midtown and the Sri Ramakrishna Ashram to select which families will receive toilets. (The ashram, an interfaith agency, also loans bicycles to girls so that they can get to school safely.)  
Toilet totals build through Project Dignity as of January 2018: 1020 Toilets!