Rotary Club of The Villages Collaborations
Networking with resources in the community helps us have a sustainable impact.
Our club contributed funds to Forward Path after they presented their mission to our club. Children aging out of foster care homes.
LifeStream Behavioral Center
Geriatric Residential Treatment Systems- is a residential treatment facility serving primarily seniors who are severely mentally ill. The treatment focus is on providing a therapeutic and supportive living environment with programs offering rehabilitative services, wellness and recovery planning and activities in a safe, nurturing, supportive environment geared toward the special needs of the elderly. Our club has helped with personal care products and sets of towels.
Puerto Plata Rotary
Harbour View Elementary School needed to find ways to positively impact education of their minority students. Our club facilitated introduction to the Sophisticated Gents, a service club that has many members with a depth of education leadership prior to retiring to Central Florida.
Our club continues to explore collaborations in the Latino community of Central Florida.
Advent Hospital Foundation & International Projects
Rotary International, Inc encourages each club to reach out and meet a need in another country. This is a difficult challenge unless you have a partner like Advent Hospital Foundation Important to the success of an international service project is working with the local people and having boots on the ground at the site of the project. This collaboration makes it possible for our club to serve internationally. We have helped bring safe water to a hospital in Haiti through this collaboration. Sometimes this collaboration includes other Rotary Clubs in our district.
In Spring 2020 our club joined 7 other Rotary clubs to do a food drive at different locations on the same day. This was in response to increased unemployment and Covid 19 related causes. It was very successful.
On July 18 a second collaboration grew the the number of clubs involved to 8 Rotary clubs. The commitment has continued quarterly. We had a good turnout for Oct 18 and we are currently planning for Jan 8 2021.
In each case collaborating on the use of media increased the impact. Our club supported two pantries in Summerfield FL because they serve the families of Harbour View Elementary School.
Art in Paradise Club
The We presented the need for restoring or updating Harbour View Elementary's 25 yr old mural to ART IN PARADISE, an art club that meets weekly in The Villages. They created a wonderful dynamic mural and presented it to the school. Art in Paradise is exploring others ways to enhance the art program at HVES.
Tutors for Kids
Tutors for Kids is a volunteer organization that trains and places tutors in schools around The Villages area. HVES is one of those schools. Two of our members have become liaisons with Tutors for Kids and that has prompted several of our members and also their friends to volunteer to tutor 1 or more students........many more are needed. However, in the current Covid-19 situation, we will be working with the school administration and our members to tutor via the internet. ZOOM and other platforms are becoming very common at all ages and this may be a benefit....stay tuned.