Community Service and Service Above Self is Rotary’s prime directive. Positively impacting community is the number one reason that people join Rotary and the number one reason why they stay.  We use our knowledge of local issues to identify areas of need and apply our expertise and diverse perspectives to find a solution.
Yakima Rotary’s first community service project was the installation of proper street signs in the city so that people would not get lost and deliveries could be made from stores without wandering all over. That was over 100 years ago. Since it’s inception, Yakima Rotary has invested countless volunteer hours and millions of dollars in making our community a better place to live.
In the past five years alone, major projects undertaken by our Club have included:
  • New playground at Randall Park
  • Yakima Valley Museum Gilbert House landscape renovation
  • Computer Lab, Library and Art Room at Washington Fruit Community Center
  • Rotary Education Center at Rod’s House
  • New playground at Martin Luther King Jr. Park
  • Yakima Rotary Aquatic Center at Yakima YMCA
This year’s major project slated for Spring of 2021 is a new playground at Yakima Greenway in partnership with Yakima Southwest Rotary, Yakima Sunrise Rotary and the Yakima Rotary Trust.  Projects undertaken on an annual basis include Rotary Operation Harvest benefiting eight local food banks, Rotary Bell Ringing in partnership with the Salvation Army, Jobs for Youth Program, and our Academic and Vocational Scholarship programs.
Are you looking for a way to make a difference in your community? Rotary has a project happening that needs you.