Improving Local Communities

The Rotary Club of Philadelphia enhances our local community through grants awarded to local charitable organizations and through direct service projects.

Our Foundation awards more than $30,000 annually. Recent grants have been awarded to provide funding for:

  • Philadelphia Rotaract Club, an award-winning community service club affiliated with the Rotary Club of Philadelphia, and located at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, in support of a tree plantings on the Schuylkill River West Trail in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania on Earth Day.

  • St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children’s Thanksgiving Share Project, providing packaged dinners for more than 350 patient families.

  • Broad Street Ministry, for their program that provides meals for homeless individuals.

  • Wheelchairs4Kids, to purchase an adaptive stroller for a Philadelphia 12-year-old with cerebral palsy, which ensures she can safely ride the bus to school.

  • Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House, providing housing and support for families of seriously ill children while they receive pediatric care at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

  • Community Integrated Services in Philadelphia, which serves 1,500 residents with intellectual, physical, and mental disabilities, helping them to gain employment and become productive citizens.

  • Wyck Historic House, Garden, and Farm, in support of their Community Engagement and Outreach programs, which offers free programs and green-space to its Germantown community.

  • Hosts for Hospitals, in support of their program that provides comfort and housing for the families of hospitalized persons. The program matches pre-screened volunteer hosts with the families, thus easing the financial burden and stress during medical crises.

  • Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center in Philadelphia, to fund personal needs, activities and food for Veterans in Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey at the Center’s Behavioral Health Unit.

  • VA Medical Regional Center in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, to fund personal care needs for veterans in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware areas.

We are actively involved with hands-on community service projects, from food distribution for the sick and elderly to environmental cleanup activities. For example, our members…

…with help from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, planted fruit trees in the community orchard at Wyck Historic House, Garden, and Farm, a National Historic Landmark in the Germantown neighborhood, which provides educational, cultural, and nutritional resources for their neighbors and visitors.

…spent a day cleaning up and beautifying Bartram’s Garden, a historic Philadelphia garden and arboretum, and the oldest surviving botanic garden in North America, located on the west bank of the Schuylkill River.


…helped out at Habitat for Humanitys “ReStore” in Pennsauken, dismantling shelving units, putting up new fixtures, and organizing and displaying inventory. ReStore sells donated items with the proceeds going towards building homes for people in need.

…prepared food for recipients of MANNA meals. MANNA food deliveries make wholesome food available at no cost to people with serious illnesses. By providing freshly prepared, medically tailored meals and nutrition education, people are empowered to improve their health and quality of life.


…pack boxes of Thanksgiving dinners for the families of patients at St. Christopher‘s Hospital for Children and neighbors. The patients whom the hospital serves live in the neighborhood that is classified as the most food deprived neighborhood in Philadelphian. Families typically show up hours before the boxes are distributed to make sure they get their very own dinner items to prepare for a healthy meal for which they are very thankful.

…placed flags for Memorial Day and wreaths for the holidays on the graves of veterans at Laurel Hill Cemetery, honoring veterans of wars from the Civil War to more recent conflicts.