WHAT IS ROTARY COMMUNITY CORPS?
By PDG Jones Wong, Rotary Club of Island Green
Rotary Community Corps (RCCs) are teams of men and women who work in partnership with Rotary clubs to improve their communities. Each RCC is sponsored by a Rotary club and, as with Rotaract and Interact clubs, the Rotary club acts as its partner in service.
Some RCCs are created to undertake a specific project, while others tackle larger, more entrenched problems on an ongoing basis. RCCs set their own goals based on their communities’ specific needs. As representatives of the population being served, RCC members bring enthusiasm, creativity, and sustainability to the projects they design and implement. They offer community solutions for community challenges.
Membership in an RCC is open to any adult in the community who shares Rotary’s commitment to service but is not a Rotary member. The RCC model is flexible and can mobilize volunteers from all walks of life. Meetings typically take place once or twice per month and dues (if any are set) tend to be minimal. This flexibility encourages diversity in membership and allows members to focus solely on service projects. RCCs also provide their members with opportunities to collaborate with Rotarians and develop valuable leadership skills.
WHY ROTARY COMMUNITY CORPS?
Rotary Community Corps are local. They are part of the community and help mobilize the community. They ensure that local needs are met. And most significantly, an RCC has a vested interest in its own success. Their members have to live with the results of their work; their commitments are the basis for sustainability. Rotary Grant projects that establish Rotary Community Corps in the community long after Rotary’s direct support ends.
TAKE ACTION NOW
A Rotary Community Corps can be formed anywhere a Rotary club is active. Reach out to people in your community, ask them what challenges they are facing, and empower them to take action. Once you find a core group of prospective members, complete an RCC Organization Form (available online) and submit it to Rotary International to officially charter your group. A minimum of 10 members is required to charter an RCC.
RCC IN D3450
The first RCC was sponsored by Rotary Club of Hong Kong Financial Centre on 9/19/2012. Since then there are totally 31 RCCs sponsored by 29 Rotary clubs. Congratulations to our first RCC in this RY2021-22, RCC of GD-HK-MO-GBA sponsored by Rotary club of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area, just chartered on 8/2/2021.
TARGET THIS YEAR
We are looking forward to establish 10 RCCs. Please contact District chair of RCC, PDG Jones Wong at 94921190 or email to : firstname.lastname@example.org.