Serving Beyond Stigmas
The Rotaract Club of Grand Cayman is made up of young professionals and students ages 18 to 30 who strive on serving the community. It is one of the main reasons individuals join Rotaract in order to get involved and to give back to the community they live in. Team RCGC is involved in several initiatives throughout the year either through volunteership, partnership, or by its own effort. As part of the Rotary family, Team RCGC is deeply rooted in community service in order to improve the quality of lives of their communities and when selecting a project the club uses Rotary’s areas of focus:
- Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
- Disease prevention and treatment
- Water and Sanitation
- Maternal and Child Health
- Basic Education and Literacy
- Economic and Community Development
With keeping the areas of focus in mind, the Rotaract Club of Grand Cayman have several ongoing need base projects throughout the year. These ongoing projects are projects that have been an initiative for RCGC for more than one year. Team RCGC is proud and very grateful to be continuing our work with community by participating throughout the year with these initiatives:
The Brown Paper Bag Project for Clients of DCR
The Brown Paper Bag Project is a monthly-ongoing initiative that began in 2012 in collaboration with the Department of Community Rehabilitation. Every month members pack brown paper bag lunches for clients of DCR who are a part of the mental health court system in the Cayman Islands. The Department approached the Club to fund and to provide volunteers to ready the lunches. Team RCGC was more than delighted to help and with over a year of the project being established, the Club is looking forward to more years of working with DCR. The Brown Paper Bag Project provides lunches for about 18 to 21 clients every month, some who do not have access to a healthy meal on regular basis. Each lunch consists of a hot sandwich or patty, a fruit snack, chips, an apple, and juice. Members meet on the evening prior to court to decorate bags with inspirational messages and pack lunches. These packed lunches are then delivered to the Department for distribution at court.
Ready, Set, Snack! for feed our future
The Annual "Ready, Set, Snack!" initiative began in 2016 and partners with local, non-profit Feed Our Future who's mission is to solve childhood hunger and support intellectual nourishment in the Cayman Islands. During the month of August our snack drive collects snacks as well as monetary funds from the community through store collection dates and office drives. A list of healthy snacks (approved by a nutritionist) is shared with the community and encouraged as the main source of snacks to be collected. These snacks are then distributed to those in need at various schools. A snack for a child can enhance their learning potential. %100 of the proceeds raised are given to Feed our Future to purchase more snacks or hot lunch meals for the children. Recipients of the snacks are determined on a need-base by Feed our Future.
Nadine Andreas Foster Home Outings
Over the years, Team RCGC has been involved with providing outings for the residents at The Nadine Andreas Foster Home. It has been wonderful to to develop a relationship with the home and with the residents. Members look forward to outings and holidays with the residents, staff and their families. The outing vary from Turtle Farm visits, Beach BBQs, Beach Days with Red Sail Sports, Movie Outings and others fun activities throughout the year.
Members of the Rotaract Club of Grand Cayman are encouraged to become blood donors for the Blood Bank at the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority. The importance of donating blood is highlighted in an annual blood drive where members encourage and promote the community to donate blood either partnering or working with another club or organization or taking the initiative into their own hands.