The Rotary Club of Woodside/Portola Valley provides funding and hands-on service to communities locally and internationally. Since ____, we have been active in local communities in and around Woodside and Portola Valley, including in San Mateo, Redwood City, Half Moon Bay, and beyond.
Internationally, our members work with non-profit, government, and private enterprise organizations to improve the lives of thousands of individuals in Nicaragua, Guatemala, Ecuador, Nepal, Morocco, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Bali, and Palestine.
With 1/100 of California's per-pupil budget, many schools in Nepal lack reliable electricity, the Internet, and teaching resources. The interactive, inexpensive Looma system, powered by solar, overcomes these barriers with bright projected video, ample audio, and a library with the national curriculum, open-source content, teacher aids, team learning-exercises, and lesson plans.
Nicaragua College Fund
Nicaragua College Fund makes possible trade school and college education for young people who are committed to improving their lives and who, without our help, might never break the cycle of poverty.
Mundo Posible (World Possible) provides RACHEL devices to rural schools in Guatemala, bringing access to educational websites in an offline format.
We supported the Jore Primary and Secondary School in Ethiopia with curriculum development materials, furniture and upgrades for classrooms, computers, latrines, and more. Our club member Adane is an alumnus of this school.
Our club collaborated with other Rotary Clubs in the district to provide 100 low-income people with vocational and business training and microloans to set up their own small businesses.
H2OpenDoors provides safe, clean drinking water to rural villages throughout the world. Using the SunSpring (www.innovativeh2o.com) water purification system, this stand alone, wind and solar powered treatment plant provides up to 20,000 liters per day of disease-free drinking water to people in remote locations.
Rebuilding Alliance works in the West Bank and Gaza. From establishing a birthing center, helping to rebuild homes, providing Luci lights in areas without electricity, mapping "lost" areas with the aid of Google, RA is on the front lines helping the forgotten and the hopeless.
Jasper Ridge Farm
Inspired by the comforting power of animals, Jasper Ridge Farm provides a special experience for people in need. Since 2009, they have been offering therapeutic animal assisted programs free of charge for children and adults.
City Trees plants and maintains trees in the neighborhoods, parks, and public schools of Redwood City. Their mission is to improve the quality of life in the greater Redwood City area through a healthy and beautiful urban forest.
Rebuilding Together Peninsula repairs homes of families, seniors, people with disabilities, and victims of disasters. We join them as volunteers workers on "rebuilding days."
Imagery Brought to Life
This organization creates multi-media nature books that bring images to life through movement and sound using a smart phone. The books are delivered to hospitals and homes where people are bedridden.
Christmas Toy Drive
Every December, we hold a toy drive with Woodside Fire Department, delivering gifts to children in the most underserved neighborhoods of San Mateo County.