Local Committee Investing in the Community

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What is Local Committee?

Local Committee is one of the four committees in Cal Rotaract devoted to reinforcing Rotary International’s theme of “service before self.” We are committed to this theme by providing service at a local level, specifically in the East Bay/Berkeley Area. This fall semester, we are excited to present our theme of “Investing in the Community!” Through our events and meetings, we hope to raise awareness for the theme and begin working to make a difference! Some of our past events include a nature hike and trail cleanup with SquashDrive, packaging holiday gifts for underprivileged children in partnership with Operation Christmas Child, and helping to prepare food for the homeless with St. Mark’s Hot Meals program among many others. We are also very open to any new ideas or contributions!

Anyone and everyone is encouraged to come to our committee meetings from 7-8 pm on every other Monday. Here, you will gain friendships, engage in meaningful service, and become better leaders. Join us in planning, discussing, and carrying out the service projects we have planned for this semester!

What happens at committee meetings?

Here, you will learn about all of our service events and why they are important. You will also be learning about the importance of our theme in the local community. You will be helping with the planning and execution of our projects. There will be opportunities for leadership, fellowship, and of course, service, at all of our events! Committee meetings are where it all begins, so definitely come out!  

Why should you join Local Committee?

The service that we do in Local Committee is very special. Our events are focused on making a visible, direct impact on the local community. Our events are unique in that the positive change that you are creating will be right in front of you. If seeing the fruits of your labor is something that interests you, join Local Committee. At Local Committee meetings, you will have the opportunity to help us by taking on leadership roles in planning and executing the events. We are all super friendly and will be your friend so come through!

Service Partners

Learn more about our service partners: SquashDrivePrisoners Literature ProjectSilverado Senior CareAmerican Red Cross,Berkeley Project


SquashDrive is a non-profit afterschool enrichment program for underserved Bay Area youth. We help students reach their academic, athletic, and personal potential through individualized educational support, squash instruction, and character development. SquashDrive provides over 8 hours per week of transformative programming to 4th through 11th graders from 12 partner schools. Learn more…

Prisoners Literature Project

The Prisoners Literature Project is an all-volunteer, non-profit group that sends free books directly to prisoners who request them from throughout the United States. Most American prisons do not allow prisoners to receive books directly from individuals. Instead, books must be sent through “pre-approved vendors,” usually expensive booksellers or publishers. In many cases, prisoners don’t have anyone on the outside who is willing or able to send books this way. The Prisoners Literature Project responds directly to prisoners’ book requests, and ships hundreds of good books directly to them every week. Learn more…

Silverado Senior Care

What kind of care would I want for my family? Silverado’s founders asked themselves that question, and the answers they found formed the foundation of the company you see today. From a single location we now have memory care communities in seven states as well as at home and hospice care.  Learn more…

American Red Cross

Each day, thousands of people – people just like you – provide compassionate care to those in need. Our network of generous donors, volunteers and employees share a mission of preventing and relieving suffering, here at home and around the world. We roll up our sleeves and donate time, money and blood. We learn or teach life-saving skills so our communities can be better prepared when the need arises. We do this every day because the Red Cross is needed – every day. Learn more…

Berkeley Project

Berkeley Project aims at building a legacy of service and a strong, sustainable partnership between Cal students and the Berkeley community. Each spring, hundreds of Berkeley students from campus unite on one day and work positively impacting the community through a network of service projects. We will participate at the work site that is assigned to us, and one of our members will help lead the project alongside one of us. Here is your chance to help out at Cal’s BIGGEST community service event! Learn more…


More information on upcoming service projects will be coming soon!

Questions or Comments? Contact Christine Chow and Eric Li at local@calrotaract.org