In The Community

The Rotary Club of South Charleston promotes its mission of "Service Above Self" by giving back to the community. Below are just a few of our recent service projects.

Community Service Efforts
    One of our new and ongoing projects is the creation of a Back Pack Buddy Program at Richmond Elementary (we also help out Bridgeview Elementary School with their program too!).  Click on the "Back Pack Buddy Program" Tab above to learn more about this great program.  Several of our Rotarians participate in the Read Aloud Program at Richmond Elementary School.  Annually, we ring bells at Riverwalk Kroger's to raise funds for Heart & Hand's Toy Drive.  With the support of a matching Rotary District Grant, we recently provided a new picnic table and trash receptacle for the Korean War Memorial in South Charleston.

    In past years, we collected tissues & sanitizer for Richmond Elementary, donated cereal to Trinity's Table and Manna Meal for "Rotary has Heart Day," collected school supplies for Vandalia Terrace, and provided indoor plants to the Valley Center Nursing Home for Earth Day. We have volunteered at Montrose Elementary's Family Fun Night and a Build-A-Playground Day for the City of South Charleston.  Rotarians and our family members have also participated in Habitat for Humanity Build Days.

    Over the years, the Rotary Club of South Charleston has awarded thousands of dollars in funds to various community projects, including the following:
  • Thomas Memorial Hospital Foundation Kids Kidoodle Day
  • South Charleston Chamber of Commerce Educational Foundation
  • South Charleston High School's Project Graduation
  • West Virginia State University Foundation
  • South Charleston Public Library's Summer Reading Program
  • Heart & Hand
    The Rotary Club of South Charleston also supports international projects, including Rotary's International Polio Eradication Project and Rotary's International Water Project, which focuses on providing safe water and sanitation to communities in need.  In October 2012, the Rotary Club of South Charleston held a book drive for the Christ Life Fellowship Mission Project to establish a library for elementary through high school students in the rural community of Ilaro, Nigeria. Rotary members, with the assistance of generous book donations from the South Charleston Public Library and parishioners from Blessed Sacrament Church, collected hundreds of new and gently used books. The books were delivered in December to Nigeria during a Christ Life Fellowship mission trip led by Pastor Joseph Kusimo.