Rotary Youth Exchange Program – Exposure to new cultures and customs is a powerful way to promote global understanding and peace. Our club sponsored a high school student, Angel Sanchez from Spain over the 2014-2015 school season, engaging in a meaningful, inspiring experience for Angel, and the families he stayed with. Springboro Rotary continues to look at ways to support this program going forward.
Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls is an organization which provides new shoes and socks to orphans and vulnerable children in the United States and throughout the world. Since 1999, Buckner has distributed more than 3 million pairs of new shoes and socks to children in 81 countries. The Springboro Rotary Club works with its District annually to collect shoes and funds in support of the work this organization accomplishes. Learn more about Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls.
Ending Polio – Rotary, along with its partners, has reduced polio cases by 99 percent worldwide since its first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979. Rotary has contributed more than $1.3 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. We are close to eradicating polio, but we aren’t there just yet. Springboro Rotarians are looking to increase support within our local club to facilitate this important initiative. You can learn more about it at: End Polio Now.
The Thirst Project is a global organization building water projects all over the world, bringing communities clean, safe drinking water. Our club recently became involved through a donation to this organization, inspired by club member, Bob Westerfield, who has been very active as a volunteer and fundraiser for this organization. Find out more about The Thirst Project.
KIVA is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world. The Springboro Rotary Club is involved in sponsoring this organization in the past year. Learn more at: KIVA