Niles Rotary has a rich tradition of doing good work in our community. We have been serving our community for more than 87 years. Our membership takes great pride in doing hands-on projects which not only benefit the community but also help to build a stronger relationship within its membership through service. Throughout the local and International community, Niles Rotary is known as a Service Organization that gets things done. This is why each year we are approached by organizations such as the Fremont and Newark Unified School Districts, Fremont Parks District, East Bay Regional Parks, as well as local churches and civic organizations, to team up doing projects which benefit our community.
Niles Rotary’s Membership is very closely tied to our local community and projects are often brought to the Club’s Community Service Chairperson by the members themselves. These organizations may also appeal directly to the Board of Directors for assistance with their projects. The Board of Directors then reviews potential projects as to whether they meet Rotary’s Motto of “Service above Self” and the guidelines provided by Rotary’s “4-Way Test”. The Board of Directors then decides as to whether a certain project meets all requirements and should be implemented. Another way a project can be brought to the attention of Niles Rotary is through its Grant Request Program.
Each year Niles Rotarians donate to Rotary’s International’s Foundation. A portion of these donations come back to our Club and are earmarked for Community Service Projects. The current club President decides which projects these funds will go to and how they are to be spent. This year Niles Rotarians will be working with its 3 sponsored High School Interact clubs and its Rotaract Club doing projects that they themselves will decide upon and organize. These projects help to bring a closer working relationship between the Interactors, Rotaractors and Rotarians. Niles Rotary will also be returning to Blacow Elementary School this year. Blacow Elementary is Niles Rotary’s adopted Title 1 School where we have been doing projects for 4 years. These ongoing projects help enhance the education experience for the K-6 graders.
In 2001 Niles Rotary began work on its largest local service project in recent history with its support of Abode Services (then the Tri-City Homeless Coalition) BridgeWay Apartments. It began with the remodeling and painting of the organization’s offices. In 2005-2006 work parties of Rotarians and Volunteers helped to plant landscaping at the BridgeWay Apartments and led the way for a significant Rotary donation of funding to support construction of the facility. Through the leadership of 3 past presidents (Tony Boudames, Daren Young, and Jim Brunelli) who each committed $30,000 during their terms as Club President, Niles Rotary has provided $90,000 plus in funding for this worthy project. Niles Rotary continues to be a major supporter of Abode Services.
A partial list of past and continuing projects:
- Feed the Hungry at Centerville Free Dining Room –since 1992
- Winter Relief Dinners at Centerville Presbyterian Church
- Rebuilding the Fishing Docks at Niles Community Park
- Funding and Installing a Fishing Dock at Fremont’s Central Park
- Building Planters and providing Drip Systems at Graham Elementary School
- Providing drought resistance planting and irrigation at front entry Graham Elementary School
- Adding a new door and entry for a Kindergarten class at Blacow Elementary School
- Rebuilding benches and Basketball backboards at Blacow Elementary School
- Providing playground bark and re-striping playground at Blacow Elementary School
- Painting low income housing units for Abode Services
- Ongoing Park Clean-up at Niles Community Park
Niles Rotarians embrace their strong tradition of “Service Above Self” by serving both our local and International Communities through Community Service. We strive to make a real difference in the lives of others and therefore making a difference and bettering our own lives.
If you would like to learn more about our projects or are interested in volunteering to participate in future projects, please contact our Community Service Chair.