Community Service


2014-15 GivingMahatma Gandhi once said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

Focusing on Rotary’s Service Above Self ideal, members of The Rotary Club of Salem have truly found themselves over the past year through donations to non-profits as well as direct service projects.

The Club focuses on two major fundraising events each year, the ODAC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament and Olde Salem Days.  These events, as well as a few others throughout the year, enabled the Club to distribute nearly $60,000 to local and international service, support, and non-profit organizations.

Community Grant recipients for Rotary year 2015-2016 included:
Blue Ridge Literacy
Boy Scouts of America
Bradley Free Clinic
Challenger Little League Baseball
Child Health Investment Partnership (CHIP)
City of Salem Lake Spring Project
City of Salem Parks & Recreation Department
Feeding America SW Virginia
Foundation for Rehabilitation Equipment & Endowment (FREE)
Girl Scouts of America
Health Focus of SW Virginia
Jill’s Buddy Camp
Junior Achievement
Military Family Support Center
Presbyterian Community Center
Relay for Life
Rescue Mission
Roanoke Area Ministries
Saint Francis Service Dogs
Salem Education Foundation and Alumni Assocition
Salem Fresh Ideas Garden
Salem Food Pantry
Salem Museum and Historical Society
Salem Needlework Guild
Salem YMCA
Virginia Museum of Transportation
West End Center

In addition to time spent on fundraisers, Club members volunteer and the Club donates funds for numerous direct service projects.  Some of those were Christmas for Kids, Clean Valley Days, Dictionaries for Kids, Salem High School Interact Club, International Youth Exchange, Salem Food Pantry and Winter Coat Drives, as well as, Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinner Outreach.  Also, through the Dan Wooldridge Scholarship, James Elliott Scholarship and Jostens Trophy award the Club recognizes student-athletes exemplifying excellence in the classroom, athletics and community.

Those who receive the greatest benefit are our Club’s members. 

Through all of the programs, projects, avenues of service, leadership development opportunities and family events, Club members reported a high level of satisfaction.  They felt good about what they had accomplished.  They used their skills to improve the community and gain a better understanding of the people they touched.  Our Club allowed members to assist others both locally and internationally in a way we as individuals could not have done.  Finding ourselves through service invariably motivates us to become even more active in Club projects.