Service above self

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Rotarian Kathy Jones, right, volunteers with a literacy program.

The 180-plus members of the historic Rotary Club of Charleston has almost 100 years of distinguished public service to our community, nation and world.  We contribute time, money and leadership to dozens of Charleston-area projects.

Members of the club, for example, provided the seed money to build the Francis Marion Hotel in the 1920s.  Fifty years later, they again gave the seed money to start the Trident Community Foundation, which has morphed into the regional Coastal Community Foundation, managing more than $150 million in assets.

Club programs

These days, club members spent a lot of volunteer time working with local schools, seniors and veterans.  Members adopted Water Missions International as a partner to work with to provide clean water to people throughout the world.

Among the programs that club members work on are:

  • Adopt-A-Highway
  • Day of Caring
  • Hootie Home Grown Round-Up
  • Dictionary Delivery
  • Senior Holiday Giving
  • Salvation Army Bell Ringing
  • Literacy Day Book Drive
  • Swimming Lessons
  • Honoring Outstanding Teachers & Students
  • Rotary Windows
  • Walk For Water

Club grants fuel local nonprofits

Club members also distribute thousands of money raised annually to help local charities pay for unique, non-recurring needs.  To learn more about our grant process, click here.

Among the charities and club programs we’ve helped in recent years are (in alphabetical order):

  • American Lung Association
  • American Red Cross, Carolina
  • Association for the Blind
  • Barrier Island Environmental
  • Begin With Books
  • Boys & Girls Club of Trident Area
  • Coastal Carolina Boy Scouts
  • Canines for Service
  • Cannon Street YMCA
  • Carolina Youth Development Center
  • Center for Women
  • Charleston Animal Society
  • Charleston Trident Urban League
  • Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy
  • College of Charleston Literacy Outreach
  • Communities In Schools
  • Crisis Ministries
  • Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center
  • East Cooper Meals on Wheels
  • Rotary Education Committee
  • Family Connection of SC
  • Florence Crittenton Programs
  • Fraser Elementary Desk Project
  • Gibbes Museum
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Halos
  • Hands-On Charleston
  • Historic Charleston Foundation
  • Junior Achievement
  • Life Management Center
  • Metanoia
  • Palmetto Medical Initiative
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Rural Mission
  • Salvation Army
  • SC Maritime Foundation (Fraser Elem)
  • SC Strong
  • Sea Island Habitat for Humanity
  • Tri-county Family Ministries
  • Trident Tech College Kids Camp
  • Veterans On Deck
  • Water Missions International
  • Wings For Kids
  • Y-Achievers
  • Yes Carolina
  • Yo Art Project
  • To learn how you can visit with our dynamic members or join the club, click here.