Update from Rose Serdy, Community Service Director
 
 WE'VE BEEN BUSY!
 

Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay Community Service Projects 2021

1. ALAS - Club contributed $1750 for Thanksgiving dinners to farm laborers.

2. Abundant Grace - Club members prepare lunch for 20 individuals twice a week.

3. Abundant Grace - members completed the west side fence.

4. Adopt a Family with Coastside Hope- adopted 2 seniors this year and Renee Lewis shopped for requested items totaling $300.

5. Some members participated in the California Coastal beach clean up in September. Mitone Griffiths and Warren Barmore continue to organize beach clean ups on a weekly basis.

6. Club provided new incoming teachers to the Cabrillo School district with gift certificates.

7. Coastside Hope Special Delivery program. Mary Rogren continues to shop for personal items for 8 families registered with Coastside Hope with Club members helping deliver.

8. Little Libraries coordinated by Liz Schuck - 8 libraries were completed, and Liz worked with the City of Half Moon Bay on approved locations to install. Club members have begun the installation.

9. Senior Coastsiders - Club members painted the deck of a senior in Canada Cove.

10. Senior Coastsiders - Club members participated in the “Meals on Wheels” program to act as back up relief for volunteers who are unable to be there.

11. Relay for Life with the American Cancer Society- Club team was able to raise over $12,000 for cancer research.

12.  Life Skills at the High School - Club members provide a series of classes at all three Coastside Schools that help fill some education gaps that may be missing for graduating seniors.  The last series was in November 2021 and the next will be in the Spring of 2022.

 
Club President Mary Rogren Presents Check to Eric DeBode of Abundant Grace Coastside Worker for Fence Project
 
President Mary Rogren, is joined by President Elect Joe Brennan and Club Director and Small Donations Chair Ginger Minoletti to present the check from our DDF request and our Small Donations fund to buy the materials for the construction of a new fence.  A number of Club Members in the late Fall had helped construct and install the fence as well.
 
In The Community and Youth

Coastside Beach Clean Up

Beach and trail clean ups are the 2nd Sunday of each month from 10 a.m. to      11:30 a.m. We meet at Dunes Beach and work our way south to Venice Beach.  Trash on our streets, trails and beaches ends up in the ocean.  We encourage everyone to help whether it's at the Bach or near their home in their neighborhood. See # 12 above.

Gardening for Seniors
We partner with the Senior Coastsiders to help their homebound members tend their yards/gardens. A group of Rotarians and friends prune trees, shrubs and weed gardens several times a year in the spring and fall.
See #11 above.
Home Rehab Day
Together with the Senior Coastsiders, we help to rehabilitate a home or garden for seniors.  See #11 above.
Interact
We support and sponsor the Interact Club at the Half Moon Bay High School. We provide guidance and a insight for their leadership, community service and enrichment projects.
Rotary Student Exchange Program
Each year our club hosts a student exchange from another country. Belgium,  Denmark, Ecuador, France, Italy, Germany, and Italy are among some of the countries from which we've hosted. We have also sponsored students from Half Moon Bay to study in other countries around the world. 
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards RYLA
We sponsor several high school students to attend this leadership weekend retreat. It's a program to help emerging leaders develop their skills.
Dictionary Distribution
Each year we distribute a dictionary to each third grader in our community schools both public and private as well as home schoolers. These fully illustrated MacMillan dictionaries are books the kids look forward to receiving.  See #10 above.
 
Life Skills Program for Coastside High School Seniors
The classes were created to  help students transition from high school to college or the work place with as much practical experience as possible 13 year ago.
Classes are taught by volunteers, all of whom are local business professionals from the Coastside including Rotary Club members. Annually all three high schools hear back from graduates with praise for the program.  They credit it with helping them land their dream job, or in selecting a career they love.
Course topics included: 
1) Resume Writing – How to write a good resume, what to include or not include, and what are businesses really looking for, along with Linkedin profiles. 
2) Financial Skills – Budgeting and planning ahead, banking and credit card fundamentals, financial tracking tools, 401k options.
3) Computer Skills – Computer maintenance, spyware, privacy, social networking etiquette 
4) Tread Lightly and Avoid the Pitfalls – How to get the job and keep it, dealing with people and difficult situations, sexual harassment, human resources, etc.
5) Mock Interviews – How to interview, what to wear, how to act, etc. Students come dressed for an interview with resume in hand.

The classes are very well received by the students and are part of the English curriculum in all the schools. 
For more information on the program or to see how you can participate, contact Charise McHugh at (650) 888 9396.

 

 
 
 
 
In The Community

Adopt A Family

At Christmas, we participate in the Coastside Hope's Adopt A Family program. We adopt one or 2 families and purchase much needed gifts.
 
Support for Abundant Grace Coastside Worker
 
 
 
International Service

ShelterBox

Shelterbox provides emergency disaster relief goods such as tents, water purifiers, cooking essentials around the world. Such deployment efforts include the earthquake and super-typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, Syrian refugees, tonado relief efforts in Oklahoma and Nigeria to name a few.
Microcredit in Ecuador
Providing small loans to emerging businesses allows individuals to help themselves. In this case, we supported a microcredit project in Ecuador where there is currently a 100% repayment rate and thriving businesses providing support for their families. One example is of a woman who wanted to buy a large sack of rice and sell them in smaller, more cost effective sizes for her neighbors.
Clean Water in Ecuador
We work together with local Rotarians in Guyaquil, Ecuador to provide a clean water well in a remote village.