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Rotary clubs and their members throughout Arizona invite friends, neighbors and fellow citizens to join them as they conduct service projects to benefit the local community during the first Rotary Week of Service from April 17 to April 24. 

Rotary Week of Service aims to bring communities together to address pressing needs and assist families, organizations and others as the state begins to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Rotary clubs throughout the state are planning a wide range of community projects that include hosting food drives, cleaning local parks, donating items to homeless shelters, and planting trees.

“The pandemic has wreaked havoc on our communities, and many of our friends and neighbors need help,” said Elizabeth Mahoney, district governor for Rotary District 5495.

“Rotarians do great things all year long, but we felt the time was right to combine our efforts and bring our communities together to focus on one solid week of service. Rotary is committed to making our world a better place — and there is no better place to start than in our own community.”

There are 115 Rotary clubs — and more than 3,000 Rotarians — in Arizona serving towns and cities of all sizes. Arizona is served by two Rotary districts — 5495 and 5500. The state’s first Rotary club was started over a century ago, and several clubs in Arizona are preparing to celebrate their 100th anniversary.

Many clubs have a community service project planned during Rotary Week of Service. A complete list of community service projects can be found at

azrotary.org. Visitors to the site can find information on projects in their community and sign up to volunteer or participate in the project.

A sample of some of the projects planned:

•Rotary Club of Tempe South is conducting a project to clean up Tempe Town Lake.

•Peoria North Rotary Club is working with Heart for the City to restore a community garden.

•Rotary Club of Kingman Route 66 is installing a Peace Pole at Metcalfe Park.

•Tempe Rio Salado Rotary Club and Rotary Club of Scottsdale North are teaming up to plant trees at Spur Cross Park in the Cave Creek Regional Park.

•Rotary Club of Goodyear PebbleCreek is conducting a community food drive to benefit two local food banks.

•Sedona Red Rocks Rotary Club is partnering with Friends of the Sedona Library to clean up and restore an area outside the Friends’ used bookstore in Sedona.

 “We know there are a lot of people who want to help others and give back but just can’t seem to find the perfect opportunity,” Mahoney said. 

“Rotarians are not only committed to service, but they’re closely connected to their communities and in the best position to identify and coordinate local projects that address urgent needs.

“We want this to be a true communitywide effort and encourage non-Rotarians to join us.”

American Furniture Warehouse is the official community corporate partner for Rotary Week of Service. American Furniture Warehouse has long been a partner with Arizona Rotary District 5495, collecting and storing donations of mobility devices for the district’s Crutches 4 Africa program.

Rotary’s top priority is the global eradication of polio. Rotary launched its polio immunization program, PolioPlus, in 1985, and in 1988 became a leading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.