Past Service Projects

PA SPCAThe Delaware County Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has been opening hearts & homes for 102 years. In 2012, they placed 3,139 homeless animals into forever homes. This year, they celebrate their 5th year as a lifesaving organization.

The Delco SPCA cares for and adopts our pets that are relinquished by their owners as well as animals that have suffered cruelty and neglect. They also rescue adoptable animals from high-risk shelters in need. The staff and volunteers work constantly to promote responsible pet ownership and combat animal overpopulation through prevention programs such as low-cost public veterinary care and greatly subsidized spaying and neutering, pet food banks, animal cruelty investigations and humane education.

Please change a life by adopting a pet. You may be surprised to find that the life you change will be your own!

Loaves and Fishes Food PantryIn operation since late August 2001, the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry is a non-denominational, non-sectarian food bank that is staffed completely by volunteers.

Each client family is provided with a box containing three meals a day for eight days for each member of the family, a total of 24 meals. Each box is packed to be nutritionally balanced. In addition, clients are provided with a selection of other food products which give client families another five or six meals for each person in the family. These are items that the client may select in sufficient quantity for their family.

The Pantry helps more than 12,000 people in 650 families and is the largest food pantry in Delaware County.

The hunger is real, the need for support is unimaginably large. The Pantry receives 20% of its support from Pennsylvania’s Department of Agriculture State Food Purchase Program, however it is on its own to raise the rest of the food and funding needed through the assistance of organizations such as The Rotary Club of Central Delaware County.

This close to end polioIn 2012, the effort to end polio made historic progress. The year ended with the lowest number of new polio cases in the fewest places ever. There were fewer than 250 reported cases, compared with 350,000 cases in 1985, when Rotary began the fight to end polio.World End Polio

The Rotary Club of Central Delaware County is proud and grateful for the support of our community in bringing this dream “this close” to being a reality.

Engineers Without BordersTen years ago, the Widener chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) set out on a mission to bring electricity to a small village in Panama. In March 2013, the students completed that mission – as they were finally able to flip a switch ans see light in Ella Drua for the first time.

According to one member, their “goal from day one was to help provide necessities for the families, including having reading light for children to do their homework.”Ella Drua EWB

EWB has successfully provided 100 watts of power to 20 homes in the village. The Rotary Club of Delaware County donated a telephone pole which was uses to extend the distribution infrastructure to power more homes in Ella Drua.

Delaware County Literact CouncilThe Delaware County Literacy Council works with adults who wish to read, write, speak and understand English, helping them to increase their communication skills and to participate more fully in society. The Council uses volunteers to ensure that programs are free and accessible to everyone. The Delaware County Literacy Council was formed in 1975 by a coalition of volunteers concerned by the number of people frustrated by an inability to read and write. These programs are based on Laubach’s model of “Each one, teach one,” with student-tutor teams forming the core of instruction. >>

The Salvation Army“Doing The Most Good”. In these four words, our mission – to feed, to clothe, to comfort, to care. To rebuild broken homes and broken lives. By walking with the addicted, we can lead them to recovery. In fighting hunger and poverty, we can feed and nurture the spirit. And, in living and sharing the Christian Gospel by meeting tangible needs, we give the world a lasting display of the love behind our beliefs.

The Salvation Army operates 7,546 centers in communities across the United States. These include food distribution, disaster relief, rehabilitation centers, anti-human trafficking efforts, and a wealth of children’s programs. Our work is funded through kettle donations, corporate contributions, and the sale of goods donated to our Salvation Army Family Stores. Eighty-two cents of every dollar we spend supports our various missions across the country. We are a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, and contributions are deductible for Federal Income Tax Purposes to the extent permitted under Section 170(b)(2) for corporations. >>>

KenCrestKenCrest provides Companion Services to individuals who live at home with their families. We offer supervision, care, and assistance to protect the health and safety of the individual. Our Companion Services are available when an individual is not working on learning, maintaining, or enhancing a particular skill. Our Companion Services can also provide supervision during socialization activities. KenCrest companions provide assistance as needed with activities of daily living such as personal care, grooming, meal preparation, and household chores. >>

UDCOCUpper Darby Community Outreach Corporation For over 14 years, UDCOC has been serving over 1,200 residents each year in the Upper Darby community. Our programs are non-denominational and open to all; regardless of religion, race, ethnic origin, gender, or age.

UDCOC helpingOfferings include:

After School Program (BLAST) Summer Day Camp
Achieving College Education (ACE) classes
English Language Learner (ELL) classes
Community Nurse / Health Ministry

Operation WarmOperation Warm makes use of a wide variety of programs in pursuit of our mission to provide new winter coats to children in need. You can join our mission through one or more of these programs:
Rotary Clubs Operation Warm got its start as a project of the Rotary Club of Longwood in Kennett Square PA. Since that time, over 150 clubs have provided our new winter coats to nearly 100,000 children in their communities.

The First TeeA Junior Golf Program with a Mission Our Mission: To impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.

Wayne Norton Scholarship FundThe Wayne Norton scholarship is given to an Upper Darby Senior who is planning to study horticulture or science in college. Wayne’s passion for horticulture ran deep. He was a Horticultural Instructor at Upper Darby High School and Williamson Trade School and was the owner/operator at Rose Valley Nursery and Highmeadow Gardens. While at Williamson, Wayne’s passion for Horticulture was the prime driver for the school’s stellar success at frequent Philadelphia Flower Shows. During his final year at Williamson, the school received a record-setting four awards. Wayne was also an award-winning cross country coach while at Williamson. finishing his time there with a career coaching mark of 46-17, capped off with a record-setting undefeated final season. President Paul A. Reid, summed up the school’s respect for Wayne when he said, “We will forever be grateful for Wayne’s efforts.” Wayne NortonCloser to home, the members of the Rotary Club of Central Delaware County are humbled and grateful for Wayne Norton. He was the founding President for this Club in 1989 and laid the groundwork for our ability to support dozens of charitable services at a local, national and international level. To honor Wayne’s memory, a scholarship fund was established in his name to recognize a graduating senior. This year was the third scholarship given. The world is a poorer place without Wayne Norton, but we are richer for having known him.

Delaware County Veterans MemorialThe Delaware County Veterans Memorial is intended to honor our veterans past, present and future – for defending our right to “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,” as set forth in the Declaration of Independence. The Memorial is comprised of seven elements: The Circle, The Eagle, The Pedestal, The Fountain, The Wall of Prayers, The Colonnade and the inscription “Lest We Forget.” Each element symbolizes a different theme honoring our servicemen and women. Veterans MemorialThe Memorial has nine columns, each representing a war/conflict with quotations engraved from Presidents, Generals and local Veterans of that time period. The Wall of Prayers pays tribute to the soldiers and veterans from Newtown Square and those killed in action from Delaware County. We are honored to engrave their names in the Wall of Prayers. The Rotary Club of Central Delaware County is pleased to offer its support to the Delaware County Veterans Memorial.