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ROTARY CLUB OF UNIVERSITY HILLS

COMMUNITY SERVICE COMMITTEE

2010-2011

 

The Community Service Committee is where University Hills Rotarians get the opportunity to "roll up our sleeves" and pitch in to the local community.  All of our projects are open to all of our members (and all interested family members, friends, relatives and household pets!) and you don't have to be a Community Service Committee member to participate.

 

Through the Community Service Committee and the Youth Service Committee, the University Hills Rotary Club participates in a number of projects each year that benefit our local community, bring people together, and reflect well on Rotary's commitment to the motto "Service Above Self."  Each year our Committees consider a number of requests for assistance (whether it is monetary or labor) and we prioritize these based on the resources we have available and the direction set by the Committees and the Club Leadership.  We then commit to the projects based on the Committee recommendations and Board approval.

 

For 2010-2011, the Community Service Committee developed the following priorities and guidelines for accepting projects.  This "direction" was approved by the Board of Directors.

 

1.  We established a $3000 cap on funding for any single project.

2.  We defined "Community" as the greater Denver area.

3.  We prioritized our focus on Youth and Youth-support programs.

4.  We gave priority to programs where Rotarians can actively participate.

5.  We agreed to give preference to programs brought to the Committee by our own members.

6.  Recognizing that we have been "going to the well" often in asking our members to give up their time, to the point where many of our projects were competing with each other for this scarce resource, we decided to not spread our efforts over too many projects.

 

The following is a summary of the projects that we are able to support during 2010-2011.  While most projects involve funding and labor, some only ask for our labor, and some we only support through funding  , but all of them make a difference in our community.

 

PROJECT:  Zoo Day
PROJECT MANAGER: Dave Henninger
YEAR STARTED: 1991
PREVIOUS FUNDING: $2375 in 2009-2010
REQUESTED FUNDING: $2400 in 2010-2011
ROTARY PARTICIPATION: Rotarians meet the students at the buses, escort them through the gates and through the zoo, and participate in the lunch with them.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION: 
For almost two decades, U-Hills Rotarians have hosted severely handicapped children from Cherry Creek schools to a day at the Denver Zoo.  The festivities include lunch and a special Zoo Day shirt. This is their one annual field trip.

 

PROJECT: West Middle School Student of the Month
PROJECT MANAGER: Tom Murphy
YEAR STARTED:
REQUESTED FUNDING: $280 for 2010-2011
ROTARY PARTICIPATION: 4-5 Panelists at each session
BRIEF DESCRIPTION:  Rotarians run a panel that evaluates teacher-nominated students to be selected as the West Middle School Students of the Month.  The funding is used to have their names engraved on permanent plaques at the school, and the winners are invited to a U-Hills Rotary lunch with their families.

 

PROJECT: Four Way Test
PROJECT MANAGER: Lowell Palmquist
YEAR STARTED: 2009-2010
ROTARY FUNDING: $540 for 2010-2011
ROTARY PARTICIPATION: Approximately 12 Rotarians at each of about 10 sessions in the Fall and Spring.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION:  Rotarians serve as facilitators in small groups where situations that 6th graders might encounter are discussed in light of the four-way test.  In the first year the program covered every 6th grader at West Middle School one time in the Spring.  In 2010/11 the program will be held twice (Spring and Fall) where each student will participate in two sessions.  The funding is used for "four way test" coins for the students.

 

PROJECT: Four Way Test Essay Contest
PROJECT MANAGER: Lowell Palmquist

YEAR STARTED: New Project
ROTARY FUNDING: $300 for 2010-2011
ROTARY PARTICIPATION: Rotarians will serve as judges for the four way test essays
BRIEF DESCRIPTION:  U-Hills, as part of their partnership with West Middle School and the Four Way Test Program, is going to hold an inaugural essay contest.  The funding will go towards prizes for the winners.

 

PROJECT: Giving Tree
PROJECT MANAGER: Jim MacDermott
YEAR STARTED:
ROTARY FUNDING: $1500 in 2010-2011
ROTARY PARTICIPATION:
BRIEF DESCRIPTION: 
During the holiday season, Rotarians can make donations by buying ornaments from a decorated Christmas tree.  The donations are used to purchase gifts for children living in transitional housing.  The funding is used as a matching grant of up to $1500.

 

PROJECT: Children's Christmas Party
PROJECT MANAGER: Bill Curnow
YEAR STARTED:
PREVIOUS FUNDING:
REQUESTED FUNDING: Funded from Club Operating Funds
ROTARY PARTICIPATION:
BRIEF DESCRIPTION: 
Annually, the club invites children/grandchildren of members and children living in transitional housing to a Christmas party.  Lunch is served and Santa gives each child a gift purchased specifically for that individual.

 

PROJECT: 9News Food Drive
PROJECT MANAGER: Tom Murphy
YEAR STARTED:
PREVIOUS FUNDING:
REQUESTED FUNDING:
ROTARY PARTICIPATION:
U-Hills Rotarians participate in the annual 9Cares Colorado Shares by unloading food from cars at the 9News headquarters.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: 

 

PROJECT: RYLA
PROJECT MANAGER: Helen Hempel
YEAR STARTED:
PREVIOUS FUNDING:
REQUESTED FUNDING: $800 for 2010/2011
ROTARY PARTICIPATION:
BRIEF DESCRIPTION:

 

PROJECT: RYLA Junior
PROJECT MANAGER: Helen Hempel
YEAR STARTED:
PREVIOUS FUNDING:
REQUESTED FUNDING: $800 for 2010/2011
ROTARY PARTICIPATION:
BRIEF DESCRIPTION:

 

PROJECT: Excelsior Science Fair
PROJECT MANAGER: Jim MacDermott, U-Hills
YEAR STARTED: Unknown
ROTARY FUNDING: $3,000 for 2010-2011.

ROTARY PARTICIPATION: Last week in April (10-12 Rotarians)
BRIEF DESCRIPTION:  U-Hills Rotary and the Excelsior Science Department put on an annual science fair for their students.  The funding is used for project books, materials for the students, awards, project kits, lunches for judges, display materials, and staff support.  Rotarians help serve as judges for the fair, and over 50 students participate.

 

PROJECT: Denver Area Council Boy Scouts of America with Denver Children's Home
PROJECT MANAGER: Jeff Duer, U-Hills
YEAR STARTED: 2009-2010
PREVIOUS FUNDING: $500 in 2009-2010.
REQUESTED FUNDING: $500 for 2010-2011.

FUNDING:  $500 for 2010-2011
ROTARY PARTICIPATION: 2-3 Rotarians with specialized skills to teach scout skills at the Peaceful Valley day outing in the Summer of 2011
BRIEF DESCRIPTION:  The Denver Council BSA partners with the Denver Children's Home, an organization that works with Colorado's most vulnerable children and families.  The Council provides a traditional scouting experience to the children.  The monetary donation would support the troop with program supplies and advancement recognition, and the volunteers would teach scout skills at the day outing at the Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch.

 

 

PROJECT: Southwest Improvement Council
PROJECT MANAGER: Gus Achey, U-Hills
YEAR STARTED: Unknown
ROTARY FUNDING: $750 for 2010-2011.

ROTARY PARTICIPATION: None
BRIEF DESCRIPTION:  The SWIC provides a variety of services to the low-moderate income families west of Broadway and south of West Colfax.  The volunteers who staff their major functions provide counseling, lunches, food, programs, and nursing assistance to this economically depressed area.  SWIC partners with a number of other nonprofits and organizations that are committed to bringing this area out of poverty. 
The club's donation underwrites the purchase of protein and fresh fruit for weekly food boxes.  It also provides some school supplies.

 

PROJECT: Bayaud Enterprises
PROJECT MANAGER: Dave Henninger, U-Hills
YEAR STARTED:
ROTARY  FUNDING: $1500 for 2010-2011.

ROTARY PARTICIPATION: None
BRIEF DESCRIPTION:  Bayaud Enterprises is very committed to wanting to have the support of the University Hills Rotary Club in our efforts to provide support services to individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of being homeless while we continue to provide employment services with this population. 
U-Hills Rotary provides basic food supplies for individuals and families over a twelve-month period.  It also provides half of those people with a Community Resource Navigator, which enhances their health, job training, and employment opportunities.

 

PROJECT: Cottonwood Creek Elementary School Wellness Initiative
PROJECT MANAGER: Jeff Duer, U-Hills
YEAR STARTED: 2009-2010
FUNDING:  $500 for 2010-2011
ROTARY PARTICIPATION: Once a month, from September to May (5-8 Rotarians each)
BRIEF DESCRIPTION: As part of the District wellness initiative, U-Hills has partnered with CCES to support their K-5 wellness program. Rotarians have helped their PE and Health staff run a monthly, school-wide activity that supports their wellness program, to include a run-for-life, jump-for-life, a mini health fair, and various other activities. Because 2009 was the first year of the program, we gave them funding to purchase heart-rate monitors and other equipment that will be continually used. The rest of the funding went to purchase prizes and awards for their various activities, to include their family fun run. This year's funding will be used to purchase similar prizes. The CCES Principal has expressed her appreciation for our support of this program.

 

PROJECT:  The Adoption Exchange
PROJECT MANAGER: Dixie Davis
YEAR STARTED: 1997-2005, 2009-2010

FUNDING:  $3,000 for 2010-2011
ROTARY PARTICIPATION: Sponsor 3 children (provide birthday and holiday cards, goodie bags); Man phone bank at the CBS4 Newscast adoption party; Help prepare kids at Wednesday's Child newscast
BRIEF DESCRIPTION:  The Adoption Exchange matches children in foster care with families that would like to adopt.  In 2010 U-Hills Rotary sponsored a family of three children, in addition to working at the CBS4 newscast.  The funding this year will be used to sponsor two children through their stay in foster care and will provide the resources to supplement the recruiting costs to find them a loving home.

 

PROJECT: Senior Support Services
PROJECT MANAGER: William Collier, U-Hills
YEAR STARTED: 1995
ROTARY FUNDING:  $1,500 for 2010-2011
ROTARY PARTICIPATION: Clothing and Sundries drive in the Spring (at Rotary)
BRIEF DESCRIPTION:  Senior Support Services is the last stop before the Senior (55+) becomes homeless.  The center serves 85-100 people daily by providing food (lunch and dinner), job-search training, and housing searches.  The center also provides clothing for adult men and women , some of which come from our clothing drive. 
U-Hills Rotary provides funding to cover meals and shelter costs for seniors in need.

 

PROJECT: BabiesNow! Foundation Diaper Drive
PROJECT MANAGER: Roberta Greengard, U-Hills
YEAR STARTED: 2009-2010
ROTARY FUNDING: Donation Drive for 2010-2011.
ROTARY PARTICIPATION: Bring in Diapers or Donations during the one-day drive
BRIEF DESCRIPTION:  BabiesNow! Presents its beneficiaries with diapers and wipes and/or checks to purchase same as incentives for mothers and families to participate in a variety of programs, including baby developmental research sessions, attending GED classes, receiving immunizations, attending parenting classes, attending drug rehabilitation sessions, and several others.  They support a wide range of non-profit organizations to include Aurora Public Schools, Every Child Counts, Growing Home, and many others.

 

PROJECT: Sacred Heart House

PROJECT MANAGER: Dave McKinley, William Collier, and Jay Carpender

YEAR STARTED: 1990-91

ROTARY FUNDING:  $750 for 2010-2011

ROTARY PARTICIPATION: Periodic oversight, assistance with unusual hands-on activities (5-15 Rotarians), such as re-organizing and landscaping playground area and backyard, or re-painting areas of Sacred Heart House at 2844 Lawrence Street, Denver, CO 80205.  Clothing and sundries drive in the Spring helps provide essentials for new arrivals.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: Sister Sue (Susanna) Kennedy was inducted as the first woman member into the University Hills Rotary Club sometime after her presentation about Sacred Heart House, her homeless shelter, or more specifically, a refuge home she staffed for families of domestic violence and those who needed a helping hand rather than a hand out. The shelter has grown through the years and has developed other resources; however UHills was a primary force in their establishment. This funding is suggested to keep UHills involved, as Sacred Heart not only centers on being a home, but more importantly an educational resource for the parents that live there as well as the young children who can get the grounding of a comfortable residence, a basis for educational support.  The house has a 93% success rate after three years (stable, in a safe home, and employed).

 

PROJECT: Cottonwood YMCA of Metropolitan Denver-Strong Kids Campaign
PROJECT MANAGER: Linda James, U-Hills
YEAR STARTED: New project
FUNDING FOR 2010-2011:  $1,200 for 2010-2011.
ROTARY PARTICIPATION: None
BRIEF DESCRIPTION:  The YMCA Strong Kids Program serves the southwest Denver area with swim lessons, youth sports, and summer day camp.  A large number of families request financial assistance to participate in these programs.  A contribution of $1,200 will support 24 children who would otherwise not participate in these programs.

 

PROJECT: Book Drives
PROJECT MANAGER: Stan Love
ROTARY FUNDING: None
ROTARY PARTICIPATION: Bringing books to the collection point (in front of Glenmoor Country Club) during the collections.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION: 
Twice a year, books and donations are collected from Rotarians to be donated to shelters and transitional housing centers to boost literacy.

 

PROJECT: University of Denver Hockey Team
PROJECT MANAGER: Tom Murphy
YEAR STARTED: Unknown

ROTARY FUNDING: None
ROTARY PARTICIPATION: Up to 4 Rotarians at home hockey games during the season.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION:  At DU home hockey games, Rotarians and their spouses serve as crowd-control/ushers to help the Athletic Department maintain controlled access to their VIP section.

 

PROJECT: Hope Community Project
POINT OF CONTACT: Dave Hill, 5-Points Rotary
YEAR STARTED: New Project for 2010-2011.

ROTARY PARTICIPATION: None

ROTARY FUNDING:  U-Hills is contributing $250 to this project for 2010-2011.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION: 
The STRIVE (Students Turning Responsibility Into Valuable Experience) Program is an after-school program through Hope Communities that provides tutoring to elementary students who live in Hope residences.  With a lack of educational after-school programs, challenging economic situations, and a lack of job opportunities, elementary school students who are Hope residents receive one-on-one tutoring to increase their reading, writing, and math skills.  High school tutors experience the responsibility of a job while receiving work development skills and economic development opportunities.