The proceeds from our annual Rotary Charity Duck Race are directed to the following three categories:
DUCK RACE BENEFICIARIES
Each year we accept proposals from local charitable organizations to be a duck race beneficiary. These proposals should emphasize a specific service project (not for general funds) delivered by the organization and the results (measurable and sustainable) to be achieved. Areas of primary focus are:
Interested organizations should contact our club’s Grants & Service Projects Chair listed on the Contact Us page. Decisions on selected beneficiaries are made by a committee of Club members. The date for check presentations to each year’s named beneficiaries is set soon after the duck race is complete.
Rotary Club of Daniel Island – Guidelines for Grants and Duck Race Beneficiaries for 2016
Rotary Club of Daniel Island Grants Application Form – (Editable MS Word Doc)
LOCAL SERVICE PROJECTS
We perform a number of local service projects each year. Some are continued from year to year, others are one-time projects. All are focused on the primary areas described above as well as programs that build better communities. The primary geographic service area is Daniel Island and the Caihoy/Huger peninsula.
Some (but not all) examples of projects in recent years are:
Literacy and Education – We give a dictionary to every 3rd grader at the Daniel island and the Cainhoy Schools each year; we have purchased books for both schools’ libraries and made grants to teachers for classroom supplies; we provide small scholarships for outstanding graduating high school students (with financial need) to attend college or technical school; we participate in the Berkeley Reads and Roscoe Readers programs; we purchased book bags for the Daniel Island library; we have supported the Daniel Island Golfers for Education group that tutors students in reading skills; we have funded after-school programs such as Junior Achievement; and more. Our Rotary Club has won several awards from the Rotary District for the breadth and results of our Literacy projects.
Hunger and Nutrition – With the generous partnering of Publix Supermarkets, we purchase and deliver hundreds of nutritious meals to assist families in need at selected holidays during the year. These food drives have been conducted with the Cainhoy Community Center for the Cainhoy/Huger area and with the Humanities Foundation for Daniel Island. We have also sponsored (through the duck race) meals delivered to seniors in need by East Cooper Meals on Wheels.
Families and Children – Through the duck race we have, in recent years, funded programs to strengthen families presented by organizations like East Cooper Community Outreach (ECCO), Tricounty Family Ministries, and First Tee of Greater Charleston (life skills). We also support local children’s groups such as the Daniel Island Cub Scout Pack that build bat houses and conducted a proper disposal of used American flags program.
Housing and Shelter – Through the duck race, we have supported organizations such as St. Benedict’s St. Vincent DePaul home repair program that makes small repairs for families in need. We have also participated in Habitat for Humanities programs.
Health and Wellness – Most of the “International Service Projects” (next) are focused on health and wellness. Locally, we purchased a rescue vehicle for the Daniel Island Fire Department to use in areas not accessible with their trucks and supported a program, by Angel Flight Soars, to fly patients to critical medical procedures at Charleston-area hospitals.
Better Communities – We are open to opportunities to invest in programs that improve our community. Three good examples are: The Daniel Island Community Speakers Series (presented in partnership with the Daniel Island Business Association, The Daniel Island Community Fund, and the Daniel Island Club); bleachers purchased for Governor’s Park athletic field (in partnership with the Daniel Island Community Fund); and flags purchased (in partnership with the Daniel Island Town Association) for display on patriotic holidays.
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE PROJECTS
As noted above, we support international service projects focused on health and wellness. Two key projects are Rotary International’s initiative to eradicate polio worldwide (with Polio now confined to just 3-4 countries) and clean water programs to deliver water purification systems to areas of need. This latter project is conducted in partnership with Charleston-based Water Missions International.
Another area of focus is International Exchange and Peace and Conflict Resolution. Toward those aims, we sponsor in-bound exchange students who come to our area for a year of high school and out-bound exchange students who attend year of high school in a foreign country. We also sponsor Global Scholars, who attend a year of graduate school in a foreign country studying in an area of focused service, and Study Exchanges where local professionals visit a foreign country for a few weeks to meet with comparable professionals there.
We thank everyone who supports our annual Rotary Charity Duck Race. The projects described above are all made possible through your support. We also thank the many organizations, particularly the Daniel Island Community Fund, who help us fund and perform a number of these projects as well as to help us present the duck race.