Connecting Good People to Good Causes
Volunteer opportunities abound throughout our local communities, our state, our country and across the globe. All it takes is a willingness to get involved—and your time, talent and resources can be put to work to make our world a better place. To help interested people connect with service opportunities, we have dedicated this section of our website to community service organizations we find especially worthwhile.

Rotary International
Rotary InternationalRotary International is a leadership organization of local business, professional and civic leaders. We meet regularly, get to know each other, form friendships, and through that, we’re able to get things done in this community. Rotary is the oldest and largest worldwide service organization.

Rotary was started by an attorney named Paul Harris in Chicago, IL in 1905.  Since the beginning, Rotary has been both a business networking opportunity for good friends and contacts, as well as one of the most influential world changing organizations.

Today, Rotary International has something for everyone.  I have been deeply involved in Rotary since 1992 and currently serve as the Membership Chair for the entire West Coast, Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii. Check out Rotary and see if you wouldn’t like to learn more – then let me know how I can help.

Rotary First Harvest

rotaryfirsthavestFirst Harvest is a program of Rotary District 5030 (RFH). Since its founding in 1982, First Harvest has collected and distributed nearly 150 million pounds of wholesome surplus produce. RFH acts as a conduit between farmers and the programs that serve hungry individuals and families in our region. Farmers are occasionally left with surplus fruits and vegetables that can’t be sold due to minor imperfections (such as carrots with two legs or apples that are the wrong size or color), or might not be harvested because of a glut on the market.

The site provides information on how both Rotary clubs and individuals can get involved in helping feed the hungry in our area.

Partners for Work

Partners for Work/ WISEPartners for Work (PFW) is a Rotary District 5030 project that creates employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities by utilizing Rotarian business leadership as a vital link between job candidates and paid work.

PFW was developed by the Auburn Rotary Club in 2003 and has expanded throughout western Washington as a viable program that assists employers in gaining access to this talented, untapped workforce. The target population is people who are over 18 years of age who have developmental disabilities and want to work. These individuals have learned valuable skills to offer the workplace, yet their employment rate (30%) is very low and many cannot meet the established job requirements set by human resource departments within businesses.

Rotarians are often the top people in their companies and play a key networking and leadership role in helping open the door to paid work for people with disabilities. Partners for Work has already helped create 13 jobs in District 5030. In this district, individuals from PFW have found employment as office assistants, warehouse/manufacturing stocking associates, membership/service assistants, and utility/janitorial assistants.

One Brick
One BrickOne Brick is a volunteer organization that brings people together to help non-profits and community organizations staff their events or work on projects. This type of support facilitates more than $1200 in manpower during a typical event. Unlike some volunteer organizations, One Brick does not require an on-going commitment from you. You can attend as few or as many events as you want. All they ask is that when you RSVP, you attend and bring a positive attitude and helpful spirit.

Volunteers typically go out to lunch/dinner/drinks after most events. Everybody pays their own way. Besides feeling good about volunteering your time to worthy causes, you can meet friendly, interesting people who can expand your social and business networks

A Virtuous Circle

It starts with one person, one random act of kindness. That single beneficial deed can trigger a chain of events with increasingly beneficial outcomes. That’s why service to others is so important. That’s how positive change happens in the world. That’s the power of one.