Organize a Rotary Community Corps

A Rotary Community Corps is a group of non-Rotarians who share our commitment to service. RCC members plan and carry out projects in their communities and support local Rotary club projects. By working with RCCs Rotary clubs:

  • Find community solutions to community challenges by giving residents the power to take responsibility for improving their village, neighborhood, or city
  • Give a project sustainability and longevity by involving residents in every aspect of planning, operation, and monitoring
  • Develop leaders by mentoring community residents and having them lead projects

There are more than 8,500 corps in over 90 countries. Some examples of their work:

  • The RCC of San Miguel in Guadalajara, Mexico, gives scholarships to high school students from poor families.
  • Disabled volunteer members of the RCC of Keon in Cortlandt Manor, New York, USA, plan service activities at a food pantry and dog rescue facility.
  • The RCC of Cura Village in Nairobi, Kenya, provides education funding and equipment for a local orphanage.
  • The RCC of Genesis Ameligan in Metro Roxas, Capiz, Philippines, helped its sponsor Rotary club build a rainwater filtration system to supply safe drinking water to a community on the Panay River. Its members maintain the system and sell filtered water to generate income to pay for maintenance and other community projects."

How do I join or organize an RCC?

By joining or organizing an RCC you can make a tremendous impact in your community. RCCs can exist anywhere there is a local club sponsor. You can find an RCC in your area by contacting your local Rotary club. If there isn’t a community corps, discuss the idea of starting one with your local Rotary club president. Learn more about what you can do through a Rotary Community Corps.

How do I sponsor an RCC?

By sponsoring an RCC you are giving a larger segment of your community the opportunity to proactively address issues where they live. Community members with a vested interest in a project are more likely to make sure that the project lives on.

You can form an RCC anywhere non-Rotarians are interested in working with Rotary. Here are some guidelines:

  • Assess your community needs. Find out where an RCC could have the biggest impact and what kinds of projects would be most effective.
  • Promote the RCC to your club. Make sure you have buy-in from members and outline your club’s role as a sponsor
  • Recruit RCC members. Start with a core group of members. Community organizations and nongovernmental agencies are a good place to recruit.

Ask your district Rotary Community Corps chair for help. Request his or her contact information by writing to rotary.service@rotary.org. To sponsor an RCC, complete the Rotary Community Corps organization form and submit it to RI.

Collaborate on Projects

Refer to Lifecycle of a Project resources for help with planning and running projects with your club's RCC. If your joint project needs extra resources, use Rotary Ideas to crowdsource support. Don't forget to spotlight your project's successes on Rotary Showcase. Remember, involving the local community through an RCC can help your club include key sustainability features in a district or global grant.

Read about RCC activities around the world and watch a recording of the webinar Rotary Community Corps: Community Solutions for Community Challenges.

Check our discussion groups to exchange ideas about RCCs.

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