The Rotary Club of San Juan Capistrano is respectfully submitting its grant application for FY 18/19. In addition to meeting a need identified in our community and providing support, we notice that many of the recipients of our support later become volunteers in our community; get involved and even participate in our events as volunteers in our Rotary events as Interact members.
Thanksgiving Food Drive - provide food for families in need.
Our club along with our local Interact Clubs conducts a food drive at local markets to distribute complete Thanksgiving dinners to the families of San Juan Capistrano students in need as well as Marine families in need at Camp Pendleton.
Members of the SJC Rotary (typically about 20-25 members; San Juan Hills HS Interact and Capistrano Valley Christian School Interact (typically about 20 kids) do the following activities on the Saturday before Thanksgiving Day:
• Collect groceries from a wish list handed out to shoppers at 4 different local grocery stores.
• Keep a tally of items so at the end of the day we can buy items that we are missing to be able to have a complete dinner.
• Help drive items to distributions point, divide groceries, fill boxes and distribute to families.
The event serves 80-100 needy San Juan Capistrano and Marine Corps families at Camp Pendleton Marine Base. This event will occur in November 2018.
Santa's Visit - many of our local families do not have the means to provide gifts for children at Christmas and/or attend holiday activities. This project provides an opportunity for each child to receive a gift, perhaps the only gift they will receive, have a visit and photo with Santa; and participate in holiday craft activities
The club reaches out to 6 local schools. The event provides toys to between 500 - 600 kids. Event Day: gates open at 9:00 am. Children are treated to activities such as cookie decorating, holiday crafts, face painting etc. from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Mr. and Mrs. Santa arrive via Orange County Fire Authority Engine from our local Station #7 and present each child with an age appropriate gift.
Volunteers conduct the following activities:
• Toy distribution, including Spanish/English translation.
• Children's activities including cookie decorating, face painting and holiday crafts.
• Decorate the Multipurpose Room at Marco Forster Middle School (MFMS) for Mr. and Mrs. Santa on stage and entry way.
This event occurs in December 2018.
Students Run Los Angeles (SRLA)
The San Juan Capistrano Rotary Club sponsors Marco Forster Middle School (MFMS) in the Students Run Los Angeles (SRLA) program. MFMS was the first middle school in the Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) to participate in the Students Run LA Marathon Program and is now in its eleventh year. The team consists of 7th and 8th grade students from Marco as well as local high school students who ran when they were students at Marco. Coaches include teachers, administrators, and other running enthusiasts from the community, including Rotarians from our club.
The main goal or objective of SRLA is to help students work hard to set long-term goals, help with character development, and discipline Students train together for over six months to prepare for the marathon, and experience the benefits of improved health. The program instills discipline, determination and a sense of pride in those runners who accomplish their goals.
These kids typically do not have the means to pay for transportation, lodging, training and race costs for the event. The San Juan Capistrano Rotary sponsors the club in their endeavors by providing a grant to pay for transportation and lodging for these kids. Each year, we have Rotarians participating in training, the send-off for the kids on Saturday,
This event will occur in March 2019.
1/11 Marine Corp Unit Support
Many of the families in City's adopted 1/11 Marine Corp unit need support while their loved ones are deployed as well as when they are stateside.
This funding provides support for activities during the year such as snow at the Holiday Party, a baby shower for the expecting mothers, and many other programs.
This year's timeline for activities is expected from July 2018 through March 2019. Club members are involved by participating in events.