Contributing to improving life in our community and Rotary District is a major focus of Wilmington West’s carrying out the Rotary motto of Service Above Self. Some of our projects involve hands-on work. Preparing and serving dinner to people staying at the Ronald McDonald House is one of these. Performing maintenance work at the Can-Do Playground in Alapocas Run State Park is a task shared with other Rotary clubs in our area. At the District level, members help prepare the Easter Seals Camp Fairlee Manor for the summer season. Our club also contributed funds to replace a large central pavilion at the camp near Chestertown, Maryland, in 2013.
Education is a major focus for us. Support for Nativity Preparatory School for boys has been ongoing . Cab Calloway School of the Arts summer program and projects of our Interact Club at Salesianum School have received grants.
The major project for 2013-14 was an anti-bullying program for Casimir Pulaski Elementary School in the city of Wilmington. Performances including Jurdy were reinforced by club members reading anti-bullying stories to young students, providing chess sets and_(WHAT ELSE?) The club maintains a relationship with the school this year by supplying math cards and bracelets .
That project and this year’s are supported by matching grants from Rotary District 7630. For 2014-2015, our club is providing educational materials for programs at the Brandywine Zoo that focus on a new addition to the zoo’s collection, a kestrel, the smallest of the falcons. Participants in the programs on site at the zoo and off-site at schools and other facilities will learn STEM concepts as well as the importance of wildlife and environmental conservation.
Wilmington West also assists Junior Achievement, the Boys and Girls Club, Brandywine Counseling, Stockings For Soldiers, and the Food Bank of Delaware.