The cornerstone of Rotary is Service. Albany Rotary is involved in a number of service oriented projects during the year. Our members are engaged directly in projects and fundraise for worthy causes.
Look for information on upcoming/ongoing service projects on our calendar and our news page.
Albany Rotary regularly cooks dinner for the residents of Ronald McDonald House of Albany. The dates will be in our calendar, and in articles in the News section announcing updates to the schedule. Teams typically consist of 3 to 4 people
Cooking teams generally arrive at about 3:30pm, aiming to serve a dinner buffet at 6pm. Cooking is on site (Ronald McDonald House requires that food be prepared in their kitchen.) Albany Rotary budgets funds to pay for supplies each month.
Every year, Parks and Trails New York runs a large group bike ride along the Erie Canal from Buffalo to Albany, mostly following the path of the Erie Canal (the old Tow Paths have been converted to multi-use paths over much of the length of the original canal.)
Albany Rotary is on hand every year for the end of this ride, and we provide free rides for cyclists to various places they need to get to. Typical examples are to showers at the North Albany YMCA and to cars parked in the long term lot at the Albany-Rensselaer Train Station. In return for the rides, we request, but do not require, donations which are dedicated to a local charity. The charity for 2016 is TruHeart, an organization which operates various programs in the disadvantaged neighborhoods of Albany, including after school programs and neighborhood cleanup efforts. Other organizations we have served in the past include the Mohawk-Hudson Humane Society and the Albany Ronald McDonald House.
When next year's date is determined, look for an announcement in our news section.
This past spring, Albany Rotary helped Colonie-Guilderland Rotary with a cleanup at Sheridan Park for the Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless.
The La Salle School is an Albany based social services agency with both residential and day programs for youth in challenging situations.
Beginning in 2014, Albany Rotary has assisted the Catholic Women's Service League in providing Christmas giving help for youth at the La Salle School. The Service League has been providing this help since the early 1900s.
Many of the youth at the La Salle School have never been able to give Christmas presents before. Gifts are made available (some are donated, some are purchased in after Christmas sales in prior years), and each student is given a budget. Rotarians help the league set up gift tables and staff them while the students select presents for their families and loved ones, learning to manage their budget and expenditures.
This project typically extends over three days, with both evening and daytime hours. Volunteers need only work one shift, but are welcome to work as many as they want.
When this year's event is scheduled, it will be added to our calendar and an article will be posted under News. But donations of gift items can be made at any time; gifts should be new items (not necessarily expensive ones) that would be suitable for brothers, sisters, parents and extend family.