Annual Bloodscreening: Every February the Rotary Club of
Leesburg (Sunrise) provides an inexpensive bloodscreening opportunity for the community.
This event also serves as the Club's major fundraiser. Proceeds are spent on a range
of projects at home and abroad.|
College Scholarships:The Club annually awards several college
scholarships to local students.
Forward Paths Foundation:
Forward Paths Foundation is a fairly new organization with a powerful mission. Their focus
is on our community's homeless youths and those who are aging out of foster care. They believe together
we can create a path that leads to independence.
Christmas for the Needy: Some projects are
really fun, and this is one of them! Every year Santa leads a caravan of Rotarians who deliver food,
clothing, and toys to local needy families. This project was one of our first club projects and has been going on
for more than thirty years.
Organization of Resource & Recovery for the Homeless: V.O.R.R.H. has been a special task force in Lake County
dedicated to identifying the homeless population and assisting our homeless veterans. They do this by
providing them with the necessities of food, clothing, temporary shelter, transportation to the V. A.
hospitals, appointments, work force interviews and volunteer medical consultation. V.O.R.R.H. has been
active since 2009 utilizing their own funds to start the residential program for homeless veterans.
Wounded Warrior Project: Sunrise Rotary
is proud to contribute to the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization whose purpose is to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members,
to help injured service members aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.
Math Supplies for LHS Students: Funds are provided for calculators and other math related
supplies for needy Leesburg High School students.
Camp La-No-Chee scholarships: Through our donation
to Friends of Scouting, the club provides camp scholarships to local Boy Scouts.
College Legacy Fund:Founded in 1989, Beacon College is the first accredited college
offering BA and AA degrees for students with learning disabilities and ADHD.
The Legacy Campaign is designed to raise $10 million to build a new education building, new student housing,
and a new administration building. Beacon officials say the funds will enable them to nearly double the school’s enrollment
from its current record of 145 students.
Centennial Project: In 2005, as part of the celebration of Rotary's
centennial, the Rotary Club of Leesburg (Sunrise), Leesburg Rotary Club, and the Rotary Club of Leesburg (Sunset), joined
forces and funds to provide a stunning "Puppet Tree" for the Children's Room in the new Leesburg Public Library.
Haven of Lake and Sumter
Counties:Leesburg Sunrise Rotary contributes to this organization which
is so vital to our community.
Adopt A Highway:
At least four times a year, Rotarians are out on South Street in their orange vests, cleaning up debris.
We are fortunate to have students from Beacon College join us most of the time.
We have even had some students from St. Paul's join us.
Mayan Literacy Project: The Club is proud
to have taken the lead in the establishment of a much needed facility in Guatemala.
Cummer Locomotive in Herlong Park:
Photo courtesy of Mike Del Vecchio
Several years ago the club took on the project of restoring the Cummer Lumber Co. No. 104 and moving it to Herlong Park.
We are both sad and happy that the engine was moved in December 2015 to the Florida Railroad Museum near Bradenton. We will miss having the engine in Herlong Park, but the Museum has better resources to maintain the engine.
Leesburg Center for the Arts: The Club has funded student scholarships and provided volunteers.
Deaf & Hearing Services of Lake and Sumter Counties: The Club assisted DHS in achieving nonprofit status, and continues to support DHS projects.
Samaritan Inn: The Samaritan Inn
remains the only shelter in Lake County for intact families undergoing a period of homelessness. The only payment
required is that clients address the self-identified issues that stand between them and stable employment and
housing during the time they spend on campus.
Foundation of Lake County,Inc.: Homework help, backpacks and supplies for needy students, and
other support for Lake County schools- this is a terrific group!