Once described as the “heartbeat of Rotary,” Community Service is a multi-pronged effort to improve the quality of life within Irvine. Rotarians have long been making substantial and lasting contributions to their communities. To a large extent, Rotary’s reputation is built on the Community Service projects undertaken by Rotarians.
Irvine Rotary – Community Projects
Angels Game and Chili Cookoff
Each year, Irvine Rotary participates in the District fundraiser in support of Rotary's program to eliminate Polio.
Irvine Rotarians fill backpacks for underprivileged students.
Each year, Irvine Rotarians purchase and fill backpacks for underprivileged students in Orange County. These are distributed through South County Outreach and the Boys & Girls Clubs.
Project Leader: Joe Molina
Breast Cancer Awareness
Fighting one of the top of diseases that ravage the entire population of every nation on earth.
Each year, the Rotary Club of Irvine designates a portion of its charitable funds to contribute to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. We also sponsor a team for the annual walk.
Project Leader: Cisca Stellhorn / Kathleen Mellon
Injured Marines Semper Fi Fund
Supporting the families of our military wounded warriors.
The Rotary Club of Irvine contributes to The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides relief for financial needs that arise during hospitalization and recovery as well as assistance for those with perpetuating needs. The program provides support in a variety of ways including: Service Member and Family Support, Specialized & Adaptive Equipment, Adaptive Housing, Adaptive Transportation, Education and Career Transition Assistance, Therapeutic Arts and Team Semper Fi.
Project Leader: Rick Topping
Irvine Adult Day Health Center
Promoting the health, dignity and well being for seniors, disabled adults and caregivers in our community.
The mission of the IADHC s to partner with families and the community to promote the health, dignity and well being for seniors, disabled adults and caregiver. The Center provides activities therapy, physical therapy social time and projects for participants. We have provided hands on projects, assisted with fund raising and given monetary donations to IADHC.
Project Leader: Kris Khurana
Irvine Animal Care Center / OCSPCA
Improving the welfare and treatment of animals.
The Irvine Animal Care Center (IACC) is a progressive and innovative municipal animal shelter that continually strives to strengthen the human-animal bond and improve the welfare of animals by promoting their humane care and treatment. The Center’s 3.73 acre, park-like facility cares for thousands of homeless, neglected and abused animals every year. All animals in their care receive veterinary care, high-quality food, soft bedding and daily socialization.
The Orange County Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals mission is to foster the humane treatment of animals through education, financial assistance for emergency veterinary care, the promotion of the animal/human bond and cruelty intervention.
Project Leader: Cisca Stellhorn / Jean Hobart
Irvine Public Safety Partnership Awards
Recognizing citizenship in our community.
Working with the Irvine Police Department and the OC Fire Authority, we designed an award program entitled the Irvine Public Safety Partnership Awards. On a quarterly basis the Irvine Police Department and the OC Fire Authority identifies a citizen in the community who has contributed to reducing crime or improving the safety of the City. We jointly recognize one or more individuals at a quarterly breakfast event. This recognition comes in the form of a plaque and a monetary award.
Project Leader: Lucy Walther / Mody Gorsky
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Finding a cure for diabetes.
Each year, the Rotary Club of Irvine contributes to the “Shooting Stars” family team to raise money and support the “Walk For A Cure” for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. A portion of the funds raised come from the Club Charitable Funds, with many Club members making additional cash contributions. The Irvine Rotary Club also fields a team of walkers for the annual Orange County Walk for a Cure. Walking teams have included 30 to 60 walkers through the years. During this time period, the “Shooting Stars” have raised and donated over $100,000 to help fund research to find a cure.
The UC Irvine Health Diabetes Center is the leading West Coast center for diabetes treatment and research, including stem cell research to better control and ultimately cure diabetes.
Project Leader: Richard Milo / Jean Hobart
Marines Father Daughter Dance
Irvine Rotary helps sponsor the 2/11 Marine Corps Father Daughter Dance as a small part of supporting our military families who are protecting our freedoms.
Project Leader: Rick Topping
Rotarians at Work
Each year Irvine Rotarians join together with other Rotarians around the world in a single coordinated day of service.
Project Leader: Richard Milo
South County Outreach Food Collection
Preventing hunger and homelessness.
Every year we support a several month long food drive for South County Outreach, a local non-profit and food pantry which supplies food to 9,000 local Orange County families. Thousands of children in Orange County eat only 2 meals a day. Homeless people are not who you think they might be. There are many people who work a full time job but find they can’t afford groceries for their entire family at the end of the month. Irvine Rotary collects food at Albertsons every year in a day long and members use local businesses to accept food donations for several months throughout the year.
Project Leader: Don Kennedy
Irvine Rotary has long been a supporter of the Special Olympics and the Irvine team.
Supporting the Military
Supporting the needs of our Military
We believe in supporting our local troops, who work hard and put their lives on the line for our freedom. Irvine Rotary provides funding for projects at Camp Pendleton and hands-on involvement at various events, including the annual Father-Daughter dance and annual Holiday Party for Marines. We also assemble care packages for our local marines and throw a party and cook lunch for graduating Marines.
Project Leader: Rick Topping
Tanaka Farms Gleaning Project
Irvine Rotarians helped glean local fields to provide fresh produce for local food banks.
Who Walks Who Fundraiser
To support the Orange County SPCA and Irvine Animal Shelter, Irvine Rotarians held a dog walk.