Community Services

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

Adopt a Marine for Thanksgiving

This Home Hospitality program helps out Marines who are training at Camp Pendleton share a Thanksgiving meal with a local family.

Details

The Marines are attending the School of Infantry at Camp Pendleton. They can use a good meal and someone to spend it with. To sign up, please download and submit the form below. You will be contacted in early November by the Marine Corps if you are approved.

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    Project Leader: Rick Topping


    Breast Cancer Awareness

    Fighting one of the top of diseases that ravage the entire population of every nation on earth.

    Details

    Each year, the Rotary Club of Irvine designates a portion of its charitable funds to contribute to the Susan G. Komen Walk for a Cure. We help sponsor a walker who has chosen to meet the challenge of the 3-Day Walk. In addition to funding, we provide the walker with a list of Rotary member’s loved ones who have been affected by Breast Cancer to honor their survival or their memory depending on the circumstance.

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    Project Leader: Cisca Stellhorn / Kathleen Mellon


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    Cystic Fibrosis

    Combating one of the most common chronic lung diseases in children and young adults.

    Details

    Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disease that causes thick, sticky mucus to build up in the lungs and digestive tract. It is one of the most common chronic lung diseases in children and young adults, and may result in early death.

    Great Strides is the CF Foundation’s largest fund-raising event. It provides opportunities for people within a community to form walking teams through work and local organizations, with friends and family. Walk day is a fun, family-oriented celebration that includes a healthy walk, Kids’ Corner activities, food, and festivities that participants look forward to year after year.

    The Rotary Club of Irvine encourages club members and their families to attend the walk and participate. In addition, we make a donation to Cystic Fibrosis in conjunction with the Great Strides walk each year.

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    Project Leader: Ed Hardenburgh


    Epilepsy Alliance of OC

    Details

    The mission of the Epilepsy Alliance of Orange County is to improve the lives of people with epilepsy in Orange County through education, support and advocacy.

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    Project Leader: Diane Braasch


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    Injured Marines Semper Fi Fund

    Supporting the families of our military wounded warriors.

    Details

    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.

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    Project Leader: Rick Topping


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    Irvine Adult Day Health Center

    Promoting the health, dignity and well being for seniors, disabled adults and caregivers in our community.

    Details

    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.

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    Project Leader: Kris Khurana


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    Irvine Animal Care Center / OCSPCA

    Improving the welfare and treatment of animals.

    Details

    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.

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    Project Leader: Cisca Stellhorn / Jean Hobart


    Irvine Chamber of Commerce

    Building mutually beneficial relationships across the City of Irvine.

    Details

    Our club partners with ICC to build mutually beneficial relationships across the City of Irvine. We are striving to engage more of Irvine businesses to become members of the Irvine Rotary Club and will support the Chamber in its efforts to build a larger membership base. We are exploring opportunities to leverage existing programs of both organizations to allow each organization more visibility.

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    Project Leader: Lucy Walther


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    Irvine Dental Screenings

    Free dental checkups for children entering Irvine public schools.

    Details

    For many years the Rotary Club of Irvine has conducted the Irvine Dental Smiles clinic for qualifying elementary school age children within the city of Irvine. This project, in conjunction with Dental Care for Children, has been very successful and hundreds of children received free dental care.

    In 2006, responding to an unfunded mandate of the State of California that all children entering public schools must have a dental screening exam, our Rotary club organized a free dental screening day. Each spring, dental professionals in Irvine volunteer their time to provide a free check for all children entering kindergarten and 1st grade in the Irvine school system.

    Our club desires to expand the scope of this project to include a whole host of additional free services for qualifying children in Irvine. It is the vision of the club to provide free dental services, medical screenings, eye exams, inoculations, and other needed services.

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    Project Leader: Austin Wall


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    Irvine Public Safety Partnership Awards

    Recognizing citizenship in our community.

    Details

    Working with Chief David Maggard, we designed an award program entitled the Irvine Public Safety Partnership Awards. On a quarterly basis the Irvine Police Department 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.

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    Project Leader: Lucy Walther / Mody Gorsky


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    Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

    Finding a cure for diabetes.

    Details

    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.

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    Project Leader: Richard Milo / Jean Hobart


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    Rotarians at Work

    Each year Irvine Rotarians join together with other Rotarians around the world in a single coordinated day of service.

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    Project Leader: Tony Murcia


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    South County Outreach

    Preventing hunger and homelessness.

    Details

    The mission of South County Outreach is to prevent hunger and homelessness among Orange County residents. We have partnered with SCO for the last several years. SCO provides services to those who are on the verge of being homeless or have recently become homeless due to loss of a job, illness, divorce, etc. Our support includes hands-on projects and annual monetary donations.

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    Project Leader: Don Kennedy


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    Wounded Warrior Center

    Supporting the needs of our Wounded Warriors

    Details

    Our club supports the Wounded Warrior Center at Camp Pendleton. Wounded Marines and Sailors are housed at the center while they recover from their injuries and receive medical and physical therapy. Many of these men suffer from traumatic brain injuries, loss of limbs and gunshot wounds. Many want to stay in the Marine Corps and others are recovering to leave the military.

    Our club supports this group with cash donations and inviting the wounded warriors and their wives or others to Rotary Day at the Angels game.

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    Project Leader: Rick Topping