Rotary members working with younger children and teens

Key Initiatives

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Our members – the area’s top business and civic leaders – personify the Rotary motto “Service Above Self” each and every day.

Our service work focuses on three key initiatives: Rochester Rotary Sunshine Campus, Roberto Clemente School #8 partnership and our Community Service Team.

Rochester Rotary Sunshine Campus

Free, residential summer camp for children and adults with disabilities, and their families

The Rochester Rotary Sunshine Campus is a free, residential summer camp meeting the needs of children and adults with disabilities, and their families. Each summer, more than 2,500 children and young-adult campers (ages 7 to 21 years old) with disabilities take advantage of this 157-acre campground in Rush, N.Y. It is the only camp facility of its kind in Greater Rochester that gives children with special needs unique overnight camping experiences. A community resource, 5,700 people from more than 75 not-for-profit organizations also use the facility every year.

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Roberto Clemente School #8

Rochester Rotary's adopted school since 1994

Roberto Clemente School #8 has been Rochester Rotary’s adopted school since 1994. We support School No. 8 students by tutoring and reading to them, providing library books or winter clothing, and offering field trips to area businesses. Our club also provides scholarship opportunities to promising young people at School No. 8.

Community Service

The Community Service Team

Volunteer activities throughout the year

The Community Service Team demonstrates its dedication to the concept of Service Above Self by engaging in a number of volunteer activities throughout the year. Rotarians serve in programs that address the critical needs of children and adults with disabilities, as well as youth education. Organizations that have benefited from service projects include Foodlink, the Salvation Army, the American Diabetes Association, and others connected to the Sunshine Campus.