Items below taken from Seneca as an example.
A few years ago, Seneca Rotary member Curt Davis retired from a major building supply company and started looking for ways to apply his handiman skills to service in his community. He needed volunteers to assist him and turned to his Rotary club. Now, Seneca Rotary Club has an on-going committee to do service projects for needy families in our community. We have found it to be an excellent way to provide service and to foster good fellowship. Rotary Repair Force was born.
The projects have been many and varied: Replacing a faulty sink, building a wheelchair ramp, or painting a house are among the many tasks that have been completed. We work through churchs and community groups to identify tasks. Then, we do a specific survey of the site to make sure the needs fit out capabilities. From there it is a simple matter of buying the needed supplies and rounding up the appropriate number of volunteer workers. The execution of the task is considered a fun outing by the participating club members.
The Rotary Repair Force is gaining increasing recognition in the community as it proves that good service projects do not have to be expensive. Indeed, a church group from California saw our efforts on the Internet and recently came to Seneca to participate in a project and take the concept home with them.
The projects are a major service to the recipients, but present a minor expense for the club and a fellowship opportunity for our "laborers". We will continue to seek projects wherein we can be of service to our community.