Signature Projects

Student of the Month

 

Every month our Club honors a local high school student who has excelled academically. The student is a guest at a meeting of the month, where he/she speaks about how they have made a difference at their school with regard to community service, extra curricular projects, and what their plan is for college.

Elementary School Book Dedications

 

When we host a speaker, we ask them to sign a book to commemorate their visit. Once we have accumulated 20 books or so, we present them to a local elementary school. We choose to honor our guests and speakers by promoting literacy in Indian River County.

 

Other Projects

Boys & Girls Club of Indian River County

The Rotary Club of Orchid Island Foundation contributed $5,000 to the Boys & Girls Club to enable children from low-income households to attend summer camp. These funds will be used as a bank wherein families can access funds to assist with summer camp fees and field trip costs.

 

Highlands Elementary School Swim Program

Our Club provides funds to this school which are used for instructors to teach every 2nd grade student how to swim during a two week swim program.  This is the second year that our Club has funded this program.

 

Florida Institute of Technology Vero Beach Marine Lab, Aquaculture and Marine Biology Summer Camp

These funds will provide a scholarship to students to attend summer camp.

 

Life Builders of Indian River County

Our Club provided funds to the Juvenile Drug Program which will be used to help pay for items related to the program for the juvenile(s) participating in the program.

 

Bicycle Giveaway at The Source

On December 8th, 2012, our Club gave 40+ gently used bicycles to individuals who are served by The Source. The Source is an outreach and resource center which serves the homeless. Hot meals and showers are available during the day for our neighbors who live outdoors. There are 70 people on the wait list for a bicycle which will provide these folks transportation to and from work. Bicycles and lights along with backpacks were given out by our Club to some very appreciative people.

 

Josh the Otter Water Safety Project for local Kindergartners

During the 2010-11 school year, our Club participated in this district project which presented every kindergarten class in Indian River County with a book about water safety. Each of the schools gathered their kindergarten classes to watch a video on Josh the Otter which emphasized the importance of staying away from water unless they are with an adult.

 

Indian River School District Summer Feeding Program

Our Club contributed $2,500 to the Indian River County School District and helped raise $7,500, to be used for a summer feeding program. The US government funds part of "The Tanif Summer Feeding Program", but the school system depends upon local contributions to cover the cost that the government does not include. With the $120,000 of government funds and $30,000 of local support, the Indian River School District will set up a summer program that will serve children breakfast and lunch along with providing academic activities as well as sports, five days per week for 10 weeks of summer.

 

Gifford Youth Activity Center

The Rotary Club of Orchid Island Foundation contributed $4,000 to GYAC (Gifford Youth Activity Center) to enable children from low-income households to attend summer camp. This scholarship will act as a bank for the center to dip into when a family cannot afford the full cost of summer camp.

 

Harvest Food & Outreach Center

As a holiday gift to our community, our Club made a contribution of $5,000 to the Harvest Food & Outreach Center which enables the center to provide 1,000 emergency food bags. Each food bag provides three days worth of food for a family of four.

 

Kidz Closet Charities

Operation Bare Necessities - Our Club is providing funds to this project which will furnish local school nurses with underclothing and socks for children who show up to school without these essentials. The funds will also help local agencies with purchasing diapers, children's underclothing and socks for the families that their agency serves.

 

St. Francis Manor

Our Club provided funds to this facility which offers low cost housing to elderly folks. The funds will cover the cost of monthly birthday dinners for nearly 100 residents for a year.

 

Backpack Buddies Program/Head Start

On October 1st, our Club will implement this program at the Head Start schools in the county, there are 5 in total. The program will provide needy children with a backpack filled with food to take home over the weekends. The child friendly food is given to children who otherwise may not eat during the weekend. The school administrators recognized the need for this program when several children were observed to be unusually hungry at the school’s Monday morning breakfast.

 

Rotary Youth Exchange Program

Our Club is sponsoring two exchange students for the 2009-10 school year. One student is in Argentina and the other is in Thailand. Our Club is hosting a student from Denmark.

 

Summer Camp Programs

Our Club provided funding to send approximately 30 children to summer camp at the Gifford Youth Activity Center which is a local organization.

 

We have also provided a bank for summer scholarships to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian River through the Foundation.

 

Kidz Closet Charities

Every weekend in August, our Club sorted children's clothing at the Kidz Closet Charities clubhouse which is run by a local friend, Diane Mahan. After sorting and bagging clothing for area agencies who serve the working poor, the bags of clothing were delivered to over 500 needy children. On August 8th, 100 bags of clothing were delivered to Father Jean at St. Helen's Catholic Church. Father Jean will be taking these bags with him on his missionary trip to Haiti at the end of August.

 

Backpack Buddie Program

Our Club has adopted a program at three local elementary schools, which will provide children in need a backpack filled with food to take home with them on Friday after school. The backpack is then returned on Monday and filled again for the following weekend. The school recognized the need for this program when several children were observed to be unusually hungry at the school’s Monday morning breakfast. Our Club’s objective is to expand this program to serve every elementary school in our county. There are 14 elementary schools in Indian River County.

 

Nursing Books for India

Over the past two years we have shipped nursing books to a small village in India. The books are used at the local Indian hospital to educate doctors and nurses.

 

Vero Beach Rotary House

Our Club helped support the Rotary Club of Vero Beach by supplying a team of 10 people to volunteer for the event.

 

Speaker/Youth Book Program

Every time we have a speaker attend our luncheon meeting, we ask that they sign a children's book that we have provided. We then donate the book to an after school program for under privileged children.

 

Group Study Exchange Program

Many members of our Club hosted individuals who visited the state of Florida in April 2007 through the Rotary International Group Study Exchange Program from Sweden.

 

Shelter Boxes

Our Club sent 10 shelter boxes to Tsunami survivors in 2005. Each box contained housing, water purification and utensils for 10 people.

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