Avenues of Service

At Rotary, we channel our commitment to Service at home and abroad through five Avenues of Service, which are the foundation of club activities.

  • Club Service focuses on making clubs strong. A thriving club is anchored by strong relationships and an active membership development plan.
  • Vocational Service calls on every Rotarian to work with integrity and contribute their expertise to the problems and needs of society.
  • Community Service encourages every Rotarian to find ways to improve the quality of life for people in their communities and to serve the public interest.
  • International Service exemplifies our global reach in promoting peace and understanding. We support this service avenue by sponsoring or volunteering on international projects, seeking partners abroad, and more.
  • Youth Service recognizes the importance of empowering youth and young professionals through leadership development programs such as Rotaract, Interact, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, and Rotary Youth Exchange.

Below is a description of some of the latest projects for the Rotary Club of Anaheim.

Recent Projects

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Salvation Army Emergency Shelter Clean-up & Beautification

On November 20, 2021, the Rotary Club of Anaheim started a new program to beautify the Salvation Army Emergency Shelter. The shelter is a temporary emergency homeless shelter that is expected to be in service for 2 – 3 years. Phase 1, on November 20, 2021, was to clear out weeds at the back of the property. This cleaning was for necessary for health and security, as it was for beauty. The next phase will be to add some planting and tress around the property. The property. Planters under the air-conditioning units will not only make for pops of color, but will also inhibit weeds growing under the units, and will be self-watering. Beautification of the in-take area will provide for more privacy, as new residents are processed.

Backpacks For Kids

Since 2012, The Rotary Club of Anaheim has provided backpacks to students of the Magnolia School District. In this program, we annually provide hundreds of backpacks stuffed with all of the school supplies the students will need for their school year. These backpacks are provided to lessor affluent elementary school students in the district who would otherwise have to do without these necessary classroom supplies. Unfortunately, due to COVID, the backpack program had to experience some changes in 2020. Instead of compiling backpacks ias a group, supplies and backpacks were distributed using existing food distributions at the Magnolia School District. Although there was minimal interaction, the students received their supplies and backpacks.

Gratefulness Parade

The Rotary Club of Anaheim, held a Gratefulness Parade on Nov 21, 2020 to thank all Essential Workers. We visited a variety of businesses, including supermarkets, Post Offices, Department Stores, Hotels, and a Mortuary. This activity was part of Zone 26/27 Gratefulness Week. Thank you to all Essential Workers!

Guatemala Literacy Project

In 2020, the Rotary Club of Anaheim joined as one of the many clubs that support the Guatemala Literacy Project (GLP),. The GLP is one of the largest grassroots, multi-club, multi-district projects in Rotary. More than 600 clubs and 80 districts have been working together since 1997 to improve education for underserved students in Guatemala. In that time, nearly 225,500 students have been served through four sustainable programs that are tested and proven to work. In 2017, then-RI President Ian Riseley called the GLP “the gold standard of Rotary projects” for its sustainability and impact.

Projects on hold due to COVID - Restarting in 2022


The Rotary Club of Anaheim has adopted a three-square block area in Anaheim. Twice a year, in the spring and fall, the club works with the families of the community, local school volunteers, and local government services to clean up the neighborhood. Clean up includes trash pickup and graffiti removal. As a result, the community has seen a drastic reduction in graffiti, and dumping.

Corazon House Build

Since 2014, the Rotary Club of Anaheim has participated in a single day house build in Mexico. The Club, along with other clubs from Rotary District 5320 (Southern California) sponsor the house build, through Corazon, Mexico, and send volunteers by bus to Mexico for the build. The project in February 2020, built two homes in Tecate, Mexico, in a single day.

Projects on hold due to COVID - Hope to re-start in 2022 or 2023

Braille Institute Holiday Celebration

Each year, the Rotary Club of Anaheim participates in the annual Holiday Celebration at the Braille Institute of Anaheim. Anaheim Rotarians help prepare and serve meals to the institutes’ clients.

Outdoor Education Center

The Rotary Club of Anaheim provides food and transportation for over 100 underprivileged children from the Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, Cops4Kids, and Orangewood Home to the San Bernardino Mountains each year. In partnership with the National Parks Service, the children spend a day of fishing and other outdoor educational programs. During the years that Jenks Lake is not available due to environmental conditions, the children spend the day at Oak Glen Nature Preserve in a comprehensive educational program.

Ayuda Dental Clinic

The Rotary Club of Anaheim has partnered with AYUDA, a non-profit organization that provides free dental services to underprivileged children and adults locally as well as on an international level. The Rotary Club of Anaheim established this partnership over 26 years ago, purchasing portable dental equipment and providing other funding that makes these dental clinics possible. A member of the Rotary Club of Anaheim is a dentist who taught at USC and enlists his students through the oversight of AYUDA to provide dental care in these clinics. Clinics supported by the Rotary Club of Anaheim have taken place all over the world, including Central America, Asia, and Europe. Local clinics are held at an Anaheim elementary school on an annual basis and serve 100 students each year.

Past Projects

Hygiene Kits For The Homeless

In 2019, the Rotary Club of Anaheim sponsored a project with Love Anaheim to provide hygiene kits for the homeless population in Anaheim. The Club provided the funding for the…

Ekal Vidyalaya Schools (India)

Between 2017 and 2019, the Rotary Club of Anaheim participated in organizing five, year-round, schools of 50 students in each class with study material and furniture. Coordinated our efforts with…

India Sewing Machine Project

In 2018, the Rotary Club of Anaheim sponsored over 50 sewing machines as a part of Women Empower Scheme in India.

Sankara Eye Institute (India)

During 2012 – 2013, The Rotary Club of Anaheim sponsored over 1000 cataract eye surgeries through the Sankara Eye Institute in India.