To assist charitable organizations, either through funding or manpower, which enables them to provide services within our community that otherwise, may not be available.
Each year our Community Service Committee carries out several projects in addition to cheque writing that we refer to as ‘Sweat Equity Projects’. These are in the form of work parties which allow us to be more visible and interactive within our Community. Several of these projects are repeated every year due to a need within the Community. Some of these projects include the following:
SWEAT EQUITY PROJECTS
Coats for kids and Folks
The Rotary Club of Parksville AM originally established this project in cooperation with participating schools in District 69. In 2009, our Club partnered with them on this project and since then we continue to work together and share in the success of this annual project. Clothing collection boxes are set up in participating businesses and schools and the event is advertized through the local media with a plea to the public for donations of any new or gently used winter coats, jackets, toques, mitts, etc. Local dry cleaning and laundry services are canvassed for assistance to assure all coats are clean prior to distribution. On the Distribution Day, needy families and individuals are invited to come in and pick up a free winter coat and mitts, scarves, etc. Excess coats not picked up on distribution day are given to various schools and agencies in District 69. This project usually takes place from early September to mid November.
Oceanside Community Clean-up
Each year in April our Community Service Committee organizes a Town Clean-up to collect garbage along the major arteries throughout our Town and along the beachfront. Our sister Club in Qualicum Beach is invited to participate with us as well as residents within our community. Even our Mayor rolls up his sleeves and gets in on the action. The Town provides the bags, gloves, safety vests and coffee for the morning start and Rotarians and residents take care of the rest. This is a great community pride project.
This is another ‘Sweat Equity Project’ where we join forces with Broom Busters, an organization dedicated to the control of an invasive plant species called scotch broom which has invaded the landscape of Vancouver Island. Each spring during the month of May, groups of people called Broom Busters go out and cut down the plant while it is in bloom. Cutting it while in bloom reduces the chance of it surviving the following year. It is hard work, but the camaraderie and the great feeling of knowing you have done something good to help the environment is well worth it. For more info on this go to http://www.broombusters.org/
Qualicum Beach Fire & Ice
This again, is a minor “Sweat Equity Project” where our club members assist in preparations for this annual event in early May. We also man barricades throughout the day to assist in traffic control.
Man the Salvation Army Christmas Kettles
Our Club has traditionally supported the kettle campaign and volunteers to staff the Kettles over the Christmas season.
Our Rotary Club provides funding for numerous charities and worthy causes. Each year, charities and other organizations are invited to make a written application for funding from our Club. Our Board of Directors reviews these applications at a special meeting and selects causes that provide the most needed services within our community. Some of the charities and causes we have provided financial support to include the following:
- Oceanside Hospice Society
- Arrowsmith Search & Rescue
- YoungLife in Qualicum
- Salvation Army
- 893 Beaufort Squadron Air Cadets
- Rainbows Counseling
- St. Stevens Community Meals Program
- Errington Elementary School Lunch Program
- Qualicum Beach Middle School Hungry Kids Program
- Family Place – Building Learning Together Society
- Nanaimo Hospital Foundation
- North Island Wildlife Recovery Association
[Updated February 11, 2014]