The Rotary Club of DeSoto is dedicated to meeting local needs and doing service projects around the world.
Our current local project include:
• B.U.S.S. Program – We provide Belts, Underwear, Shoes and Socks (and other clothing items) for needy Desoto school kids. Qualifying students are given a $30 voucher. Last year we gave away over $7,100 toward school uniforms.
• Each year our clubs donates $500 to the Desoto Food Pantry located at Hampton Road Baptist Church
• Great Days of Service is a community wide effort to make modifications and do exterior and landscaping work for our elderly and disabled neighbors. Our club gives $500 annually, as well as a bit of elbow grease to help those in need.
• W.I.N.G.S. – Several years ago a member of our Club, Lee Merryman, started the WINGS program in the DeSoto ISD. We help fund the program that gives students who have dropped out of High School (and cannot return) an opportunity to earn an actual diploma. We support this program each year and are proud of the achievements of the over 270 students who have already graduated through this program. More information can be found here: Where I Now Gain Success
• Challenge Air – This is a program that we support both financially and with manpower. That’s right, each year Rotarians and other community members with pilot’s liscenses and airplanes take physically and mentally challenged kids on short flights around Dallas. For more information check out the website: http://www.challengeair.com
Our current international projects include:
• End Polio Now – Part of an ongoing international initiative to wipe out polio.
• In Nicaragua we support a vocational program for deaf/mute children, kitchens in Granada elementary schools, cancer treatment, and more.
• Project Hand Up – In Kenya we support Project Hand Up with the writing, development, and implementation of HIV/AIDS prevention edutainment curriculum. Our club helped raise support for a $137,000 grant.
• The Wheelchair Foundation was the recipient of a $320,000 grant aimed at brining wheelchairs to Nicaragua that our club helped spearhead. We continue to look for ways to help the people of Nicaragua.