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Written by Rotaractors from the district 7040   
Sunday, 19 October 2008 13:53

Community service can be quite hard to tackle for a young club or for any club, as a matter of fact, who undertakes new projects every year and tries to be innovative.  The Rotaractors of district 7040 have come up with a series of points to consider when starting a project, using Rotary's Avenues of Service : A Menu of Service Opportunities document as a starting point.  Here is what they concluded.

  1. Consider Commitment
    Commitment should be the starting point of anything your club undertakes.  You must survey your members to find out whether they seek long term or short term commitments, on a regular basis or on a drop in basis.
  2. Consider your members' Interests
    Remember your members are ultimately the ones doing the project - so make sure you meet their interest to keep them motivated throughout the project!
  3. Topic & Theme : Organization, Group
  4. Possible Rotary Partners
    Within your community, Rotarians are actively running various NFP organizations, and their clubs often get targeted with requests from groups within your community to help. Rotary Clubs in the area can therefore help you by tuning you in on the needs in your community and passing on the word to you about organizations that may welcome your support.
  5. Organization
    Assess whether you have any ties with associations and whether you can leverage that relationship to build a great project
  6. Decide whether you will supply man power or monetary funds.  That can limit the choice of projects you may get involved in
  7. Assess Community Needs before you start a project.  Looking around you at problems you encounter daily on your way to university or work (ex. poverty, illiteracy, mental well-being, lonely elderly, etc.) can be a good starting point to build your project around.
  8. Communication
    Communication with other organizations and with your volunteers is crucial.  Developing good feedback cultures in your club is important as it is that feedback that helps you improve. Communication with organizations and volunteers should occur on regular basis to allow the different parties to be on the same page and work efficiently together.  If you can, name responsibles within the committee devoted to this sole task.
  9. Consideration
  10. Goals and Objectives
    One of the goals can be defined in terms of whether the project should be of immediate help or on a long-term span.  But there exist many other goals you are trying to achieve as you set up your community service project.  How will you know if you have effectively met them?  Measuring the progress and impact of your community service is a key ingredient of your success.  Prior to launching the project, you should make sure your committee articulates their objectives for the project and that at the end of the project, the team goes over each point to try and determine whether they were successfully accomplished or not. This will help your team have direction when planning and later, running the project day to day, and it will provide a sense of closure when the project will be done.



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