The Catalina Rotary Club continuously raises funds to meet local community needs in three focus areas: Veterans, Youth, and Healthcare. In addition, Club members also volunteer in many Community projects, such as the Community Food Bank, Road Clean-up and Make Way for Books.
Most projects are driven by membership input. The best opportunities to serve are initially discovered by our own members as we see needs in our Tucson community and beyond.
The Club’s major fundraiser is selling beer at La Fiesta de los Vaqueros, the Tucson Rodeo. This activity permits the Club to provide grants of $20K to $30K each year to a variety of agencies and projects with the intent that positive change will occur.
Rotarians from District 5500 celebrate Arbor Day with Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild by planting 50 new shade trees at Udall Park
The Catalina (Tucson) Rotary Club took the lead for Rotary District 5500 in planning the Arbor Day celebration on Saturday, April 28, 2018. The effort was a partnership with Trees for Tucson, the urban forestry program of Tucson Clean & Beautiful, and the City of Tucson Parks and Recreation. Approximately 100 Catalina (Tucson) Club members and their families, and other area Rotarians and community volunteers planted 50 new desert-adapted, low water-use trees to shade and beautify this popular regional park. These 50 trees bring the total for District 5500 to approximately 500 trees planted throughout the greater Tucson area. Mayor Rothschild thanked the Rotarians for expanding Tucson’s urban tree canopy and read the Arbor Day proclamation.
Tucson has been designated a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for more than 26 years, thanks to the cooperative efforts of the City of Tucson and the Trees for Tucson program. These trees also count toward the Mayor’s annual 10,000 Tree Challenge.
Rotary International 2017-2018 President Ian Riseley challenged Rotary clubs around the world to plant at least one tree for each member during the current Rotary year which translates to 1.2 million trees. Thanks to these dedicated Rotarians, in the spirit of Service Above Self, that goal is being surpassed for Rotary members in the Tucson area who are contributing 500 new trees to the 1.2 million global trees for this year!
Following the tree planting the Catalina Rotary Club hosted a BBQ for all of the volunteers providing a wonderful opportunity for fellowship and a great ending to a beautiful and significant morning.
Projects funded this year:
Establishment of an Endowed Scholarship with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson
- We are proud to announce the establishment of the Catalina Rotary Club “Youth of the Year” Endowed Scholarship for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson. This scholarship will be given each year and provide a deserving student identified by the staff of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson $1,000 to help with their educational pursuits after high school.
- To provide lifesaving swim skills to children (5-12 years old) in undeserved, low-income areas of Tucson.
Old Pueblo Community Services: $5,000
- To support the Community Home Fund which provides financial assistance to homeless persons to address some of the barriers they encounter in transitioning into homes.
Gabriel’s Angels: $3,000
- To provide pet therapy for at risk youth in Pima County.
Tucson Mariachi Institute (La Frontera Arizona, Inc.): $5,000
- To provide two college scholarships for senior Ballet and Folklorico students.
Youth on Their Own (YOTO): $3,000
- To purchase a new student I.D. System.
Interact Club (Tucson High School): $2,000
- Funding to assist with their projects for the year.
Boy and Girls Clubs of Tucson: $2,000
- To provide partial funding for the SMART moves program at the Frank & Edith Morton Clubhouse at 3155 E. Grant Road.
Projects funded 2015-2016
- ALS Association, Arizona Chapter/Tucson – $920
- Youth on Their Own – $1,000
- Boys & Girls Clubs – $4,000
- Old Pueblo Community Services – $5,000
- Habitat – $2500
- YMCA – $5,000
- SARSEF – $5,000
- Presbyterian Church (camp program) – $2,500
Projects funded in 2014-2015
- Southern Arizona Research, Science, and Engineering Foundation to support program funding and textbooks ($5,000)
- Vail Preservation Society, to build and create a kitchen garden ($5,000)
- Southern Arizona Children’s Advocacy Center to provide training on a new financial management tool ($2,000)
- Tucson International Mariachi Conference to provide scholarships for three students to participate in workshops during their annual Conference ($5,000)
- Boys and Girls Clubs of Tucson to support the “Help a Kid Program” ($5,800)
Projects funded in 2013-2014
- St. Elizabeth’s Health Center ($7,356)
- Tepehua Centro Communitario ($4,000)
- Boys and Girls Clubs of Tucson ($5,000)
- UA Child Language Center ($5,000)
- Old Pueblo Community Service ($6,000)
Other Major Projects
- The Jacobs Park Pool ($25,000 in 2010-2011)
- The Refugee Project ($5,500 in 2011-2012)
- Stories that Soar, Our Family Services (VAN)
- Malagro Park