Projects and Partners
Below are a few of the Service Projects our club has completed recently. This is our way of placing service above self, giving back to the community that has given us so much, and reaching out to make a difference abroad.
Outdoor Public AEDs (automated external defibrillators) on South Whidbey
Cardiac arrest is a deadly medical condition that can strike anyone at any time. According to the National Safety Council, greater access to defibrillators (AEDs) Could Save 40,000 Lives Each Year. Our club partnered with several other community organizations, as well as Whidbey Telecom to purchase and install 3 AEDs at strategic outdoor locations on South Whidbey. The first was installed on Main Street in Freeland, in front of WiFire, the second at South Whidbey Community Park, and the third at South Whidbey Sports Complex. WhidbeyTel installed dedicated 911 hardlines at each AED so that when an AED is activated, the nearby South Whidbey EMS services will be automatically notified and dispatched to the location.
Holiday Heat / Adopt a Senior
Suitcases for Foster Children
Senior Services Pancake Breakfast
South Whidbey at Home
South Whidbey Children’s Center Improvements
HWY 525 Cleanup
This is one of our ongoing projects. Every quarter, we make our way up and down a stretch of HWY 525 north of Freeland. It’s amazing how much garbage piles up on the side of the road and much of it is hazardous to vehicles, Bicycles, and Pedestrians. By cleaning up the garbage and debris, we hope to make our roads just a little safer and to help out the environment by reducing the amount of human generated waste and the impact it has on our flora and fauna.
Enso House is a home for people of all faiths who desire comfort care at the end of life. Located in the Pacific Northwest and surrounded by the fields and forests of South Whidbey Island, Washington, Enso House provides a peaceful setting conducive to reflection, meditation and spiritual healing.
Enso house is unique in its ability to provide emotional and spiritual support to individuals in the final phase of life. Many staff members are affiliated with the nearby Tahoma One Drop Zen Monastery, founded in 1995 by Zen Master Shodo Harada Roshi. Enso House began in 2001 as a result of his vision of a home for the dying where the qualities of humility, service, compassion, forgiveness deepen in those both giving and receiving care.
We are happy to offer this great local organization our help and support however we can. Whether it be weeding and landscaping their Zen Gardens, providing property and building maintenance, or giving a good word in the community to raise awareness and support.
Ryan’s House Vision Statement: Ryan’s House for Youth will offer a safe, home-like environment for at-risk and homeless teens. With the help of caring mentors, youth will find the tools to help heal and grow in their relationships, while giving them the opportunities to reach their highest potential.
With so many homeless youth living in tough conditions on Whidbey Island, we believe that the Misiion of Ryan’s House is a noble one, and one that needs to be supported by us. Our club, and individual members of our club in their professional capacity have supported this organization by things as simple as putting together hygiene packs for homeless youth, and as necessary as surveying the property for the future Ryan’s House Headquarters, building and maintaining the Ryan’s House website, and much more. We look forward to continuing to do so in the future.
Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens, a not-for-profit garden open to the public, encompasses ten acres of display and educational gardens enveloped by forty-three acres of woodland preserve with 4+ miles of nature trails.
We assisted this great educational organization by striping their parking lot and maintaining their hiking trails.
The Hub is a great after school place for South Whidbey Youth to come together in a safe place. The Hub provides after school meals and support to South Whidbey Youth.
As one of our flagship projects, we renovatedThe Hub’s kitchen facilities by refinishing and painting their outdated cabinetry, installing a new water heater, and performing other maintenance on their building.
Tour De Whidbey
We have supported support this annual Whidbey Island bike race by preparing and removing route signage.
South Whidbey Schools Swingset
On Monday, October 22nd 2012 the local Whidbey Westside Rotary Club presented Mrs. Anthony’s 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade classes a check for $2000.00 to be used for the construction of a new swing set at the South Whidbey Elementary School.
Arusha Tunisia Schools
Our club received a matching-funds grant from Rotary International for toilets in the amount of $4,000.00 and for Kitchen equipment in the amount of $1,000.00 for our International Project – a school in Arusha Tunisia. In the past this school (which one of our members became acquainted with in her travels) had no toilets or kitchen equipment to cook food for students. Now, the school has full sanitation facilities and benefits from being able to prepare their own meals onsite, rather than having to bring food in to feed the students. As we all know, sanitation and hunger are some of the biggest problems in Africa, so we know that this project will help make a positive change in the lives of African students.
These are just some of the projects we have worked on in the short life of our club. We hope to add many more to this list and succeed in our goal of Service Above Self.
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