There are many ways to engage with your community through Rotary whether as a volunteer, a project/general sponsor, a programme participant or just a supporter but the best way might be to become really involved by becoming a member.
Are you wanting to make positive changes in your community and around the world?
Why should I join a Rotary club?
At Rotary, we bring our diverse backgrounds and unite to exchange new ideas, apply expertise, and implement improvements that transform communities. Our members work locally and partner on international projects that address today’s most pressing humanitarian challenges.
Becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group of men and women who share your drive to give back to:
- Discuss your community’s needs and discover creative ways to meet them
- Expand your leadership and vocational skills
- Catch up with good friends and meet new ones
- Connect with leaders from all continents, cultures, and occupations
While club usually meet weekly they do recognise that members have lives and commitments outside of Rotary although there is an expectation that members will be regularly involved in club activities and projects. The impact our members make takes shape at Rotary club meetings and activities. These gatherings give you the chance to:
- Change lives. You’ll have the opportunity to discuss and act upon your community’s greatest needs.
- Connect with other passionate people. Rotary club meetings are a place to strengthen connections to friends and neighbours and form meaningful relationships that last a lifetime.
- Invest in yourself. Through our district and club network, we offer workshops, conferences, guest speakers, and more – all aimed at helping you grow personally and professionally.
You don’t necessarily need to be a Rotarian to be involved in service to the community through Rotary. We have many opportunities to partner with, sponsor or volunteer to support Rotary’s programmes and projects.
Volunteering work with Rotary changes lives
Whether you are volunteering by helping your local community set up a foodbank, or responding to local and international disasters, there is a project or activity to suit everyone. By volunteering with Rotary, you know that you will be changing people’s lives for the better.
Volunteering through Rotary is more than just giving back to the community. It is also about you bringing your skills, experience and enthusiasm for great community outcomes, whilst making some great friends along the way. Rotary clubs are friendly places where members, whether young professionals through to those who have retired, share a common interest in friendship while helping create a better community
Share skills by volunteering with Rotary
Volunteering with Rotary could be the most important thing you ever do. Your skills and experience are invaluable in our drive to help communities locally and around the world through our volunteer work. Whether you become a member of Rotary or volunteer your time and abilities to your local club, you will help to make people’s lives better.
There are many ways to volunteer with Rotary
- You could join your local Rotary and open a world of opportunities.
- You can donate to a Rotary club, or specific Rotary project, programme or initiative
- You can volunteer to speak at a Rotary club about a cause or interest to raise their understanding
- You can volunteer to help the Rotary club in one of its initiatives, without becoming a Rotary member. Increasingly clubs are looking at adding value to their community volunteers by forming Rotary Community Corps groups that give added value to its members without the obligations of Rotary membership.
- You could join an Interact club – these are for secondary school aged students
- You could join a Rotaract club – these are for young adults 18-30yo. NB: Rotary has no age limit so the other option for young professionals is joining Rotary clubs
Some questions you may have ... answered:
Do I have the skills needed?
You do not have to be a skilled business person or amazing entrepreneur to get involved. WE all have useful skills and you can volunteer and help in many ways and probably learn some new skills along the way.
What if I am short on time?
Volunteering with Rotary is easy, fun and very flexible. How much time you give is completely up to you – just match this with what you volunteer to do. You become a part of a team and we will make sure you receive any needed training and are fully supported.
What are the benefits to me?
There is the chance to build personal skills like teamwork, confidence, leadership and other skills relevant to your personal and working life. You will become part of a project team that will be lead by a Rotarian but as defined by the scope and scale of the project the various aspects will be shared among the team.
Where can I volunteer?
Your volunteering can be local with a club nearby or it can have an international aspect whether organisational or hands-on either through that local club or by helping out one of Rotary’s more global programmes.
What are the different options of volunteering?
You can volunteer in many ways from providing some additional help to a club that may need some specialist skills through to hands-on in a project. Whether you have website building skills you can use to help a club in their promotion, are a fundraising whiz, are a skills tradesperson or have some other skill or passion there will be a place for you.
How do I volunteer? What if I have some more questions?
Simply fill in the contact form that can be found by clicking here and we will contact you to see how we can help you with your volunteering.
*For the purposes of this page, 'Rotary Alumni' refers to those people who have been selected for, and taken part and completed (graduated) involvement with the programmes of Rotary International, the Rotary Foundation and / or programmes run by Rotary Districts.
“Your connection to Rotary doesn’t end after your program; it’s just the beginning. You are instantly plugged into a global network of influencers, community and business leaders, people who have immense resources to help you create and foster change throughout your career. So many doors have been opened to me because I’m affiliated with Rotary.”
Alumni Can Continue To Be Involved
You just have to ask. Alumni can ask Rotary “what next” and Rotary can invite Alumni to continue involvement. Most districts have Alumni initiatives for the purpose of:
- Establishing and maintaining a common bond among alumni
- Providing a connection enabling alumni to network with one another and with Rotarians
- Linking the vocational interests of alumni with similar interests of Rotarians and other alumni
- Providing opportunities for involvement in Rotary educational and humanitarian service projects
- Facilitating membership in Rotary clubs.
Obviously further involvement is subject to the criteria for various programmes or membership but Rotary Alumni have a huge advantage for acceptance.