Local Projects include:

Steve Harricks Christmas Program

Our holiday project was named after a Rotary who was committed to brightening the holiday for those children who are less fortunate.  Morgantown Rotary has tried to carry on this tradition.  Each year we contact a foster care program and ask them for names of children who have been removed from their homes, we get first names only, sizes of closes they need and a toy that they would enjoy.

 

Foster children are often removed from their home with out any clothes or belongings, most of the time because they are living in terrible conditions or are being abused.  Most small children are so use to living this way they no other way of living so when they are taken from their parents with none of their own things it is devastating. 

 

Our Rotary club collects money each year to provide these kids with as much as our funds will allow, we host a holiday dinner, and bring in a wonderful Santa to hand out the gifts, the children listen to the “Night before Christmas” with much anticipation.  One year a little girl wanted a guitar; it was so amazing to see how appreciative this five year old child was when she opened the gift.  As many of us have never seen such needs as these kids have.  We get them an outfit and again, socks, shoes or what ever the budget allows.  Our purpose is to show these children that there really is hope in the world, and to show the foster parents how much we appreciate them taking in children and caring for them. 

 

Clay Battelle Scholarships:

Our Rotary Club is Partners in Education with Clay Battelle High school located on the Western End of Monongalia County.  Each year our club has given up to $4,000.00 in scholarships to those students who meet the criteria set forth by the committee.  Students are the future of tomorrow. 

 

Interact

Interact is a High School Rotary Club, the students learn “Service above Self”,” The Four Way Test” and how to give back to the community.  It is a service organization, they come to the soup kitchen to help, and do other projects in their communities, our club sponsors them by giving them pins, banners, certificates and coach them at every opportunity to be community leaders and future Rotarians. 

 

Miracle League:

Many years ago the Rotary clubs in Monongalia County got together to build the Miracle League Field for children who have special needs.  Since that time our club has sponsored a team, we give $350.00 which helps get the individuals hats, shirts and any type of special equipment that they need.  We also give $500.00 to help provide an end of the season picnic for the kids and their families, Rotarian’s have always been welcome to attend and it is a great event.  We have members of our club who have children on the teams and it is great to see them make such accomplishments.

 

RYLA – Rotary Youth Leadership Academy

We sponsor students to go to this two day weekend event that teaches our youth (8th graders) how to become better leaders of tomorrow.  They learn the Four Way Test, basic principles and integrity.  The event is held a Jackson’s Mill, all Rotarians are invited to volunteer, and the curriculum is set up by Rotary International, and is followed threw by Rotarians from our District. 

 

Soup Kitchen

Morgantown has one of the largest homeless populations for a town our size.  We also have many folks in the community that basically have tough times and need a hot meal.  One day a month on the fourth Saturday of the month, we provide a hot meal at noon, at the Trinity Episcopal Church for all those who want to come.  We average any where from 40 to 60 individuals needing a meal.

 

 

Sundale Senior Picnic

Sundale is a not for profit facility that tries to involve seniors from all area facilities to special events.  Our elderly are those who have given of themselves to make what we have today.  Sundale has a picnic and invites all area facilities and seniors, as well as club members to come out have a nice picnic lunch, socialize with neighbors from other facilities that they may have known at one time or another, and to play bingo (the favorite activity of all).  It is normally held at the Westover Senior Center pavilion during the summer.  It is a way to give back to those who have given so much.

 

 

 

Literacy

One of Rotary International focus areas is Literacy, every year we provide some type of literacy program to the community, such as last year it was a financial literacy class that taught folks how to help others how to mange their income.  It was aimed toward social workers who help individuals in the community.  In the past we have provided dictionaries for schools, books for babies and supported events with Literacy Volunteers. 

 

Empty Bowls

Through education and continued community involvement, Empty Bowls Monongalia will provide resources and broker assistance to Monongalia County agencies supporting individuals and families threatened by food insecurity.  Morgantown Rotary gives every year toward these efforts…for more information about Empty Bowls please visit our web site at www.ebmon.org.

 

Boys State and Girls State

 

This is much like RYLA where students go for a weekend to learn how to become leaders; they learn integrity, responsibilities and development. 

   
   
© John P. Kuehn