Every year for the past 10 years we have given six $1,000 scholarships to Chichester High School students. Awardees are chosen by the high school guidance counselors’ office and base their awards on merit and need. Awardees are also chosen from the Student of the Month program.
Student of the Month Program:
Each school year we recognize two students a month (one young man and one young woman) from September through June. Students apply with the high school guidance counselors’ office and all awardees are chosen by the high school guidance counselors’ office. The club hosts students of the month from October to May at the second Wednesday meeting of each month.
Twice a year we partner with the Chichester High School Interact Club to serve supper to seniors at Lutheran Knolls in Upper Chichester. We generally serve between 70 and 100 residents and play a few games of bingo afterward.
Once a year we serve a Saturday morning breakfast at the Ronald McDonald House on Rockland Road in Wilmington, DE.
We partner with other local Rotary clubs to package meals that get shipped all over the world through a nonprofit called Rise Against Hunger. Generally each packaging event prepares over 10,000 meals in about 4 hours time.
For Thanksgiving and Christmas, we identify needy families in the community that could use a good meal for the holidays.
Each year in the spring we partner with the Upper Chichester Library, the Marcus Hook Library, and the Chester Rotary Club bring the Pennsylvania One Book, Every Young Child Program to our young residents. One Book, Every Young Child is a valuable program that highlights the importance of early literacy development in preschoolers and the significance of reading early and often to children, as well as engaging them in conversation and other activities around books. Our Rotarians also volunteer to read the book to children during the month of April.
As part of the Pennsylvania Adopt-A-Highway program, our club maintains Meetinghouse Road from Rt 452 all the way down to Naamans Creek Road. We partner with the Chichester High School Interact Club twice a year to clean up any trash or litter that accumulates along the road.
Each year we give about $2,000 in assistance to local nonprofits and needy families. We help support the Chichester School District Social Work Fund that helps needy students get the school supplies or other things they need. We support local food pantries during food drives. During Christmas our club sponsors three or four families and our members purchase gifts for the children. We purchase clothes and educational material as well as toys. We fund these programs through personal contributions and our two fundraisers: Golf and Flags for Heroes.