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Rotary & KidsAbility

The Rotary Club of Kitchener-Grand River

The members of the Rotary Club of Kitchener Grand River support the principles and goals of Rotary International. In particular, we believe in directing most of our charitable dollars to projects involving youth and children. As a Club, we believe in planting seeds and investing in people, helping children and youth with physical, mental and spiritual needs. We believe in supporting projects that are of a preventative and proactive nature which will have a significant impact in our local and global community.

Our club meets weekly on Tuesdays at 7:15 AM at the Walper Terrace Hotel. If you would like more information about our club, please visit our club website.

Charities and Causes Supported by the Rotary Club of Kitchener Grand River

KidsAbility Centre for Child Development

KidsAbility aims to help children and young adults with developmental, physical and communication disabilities. The Centre provides services to children from birth to eighteen years of age. Services may be provided in homes, childcare agencies, schools and community settings. KidsAbility is committed to playing a significant role within the children's services system. As we influence, and are influenced by, this children\'s services system, we vigorously pursue the our mission to empower children and youth with special needs to realize their full potential.

For more information about KidsAbility in your community, visit the KidsAbility Centre website.

Waterloo Education Foundation

Support directly to high needs schools with limited opportunity to fund raise from the school community and no funding from the ministry of Education for important requirements including:

  • Science resource materials(student books, teacher guides and manipulatives)
  • Literacy tools such as a Smart Board for Junior Pod with AlphaSmart Neo Word Processor
  • New Grade 7 & 8 History & Geography text books
  • School trips and medical supplies (epipens / eye glasses)
  • Magnet Program / Bus Ticket Fund / Benevolent Fund


St. John's Kitchen

A downtown soup kitchen operated by The Working Centre that provides outreach services and over 300 meals per day to homeless or impoverished patrons many of whom struggle with physical and mental health issues.

Camp McGovern

A summer camp for children and youth that gives underprivileged children the opportunity to go to camp. Camp McGovern takes only children involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters programs around Ontario and from local United Way member agencies.

Strong Start

A primary school literacy program that provides parents and children with resources and one on one tutoring programs that involve working with children directly to support the development of strong literacy skills.


WAYVE stands for Working Against Youth Violence Everywhere, and is a peer-led violence prevention program created for youth, by youth, in the Waterloo Region. WAYVE's purpose is to address youth-identified issues such as bullying and cyber-bullying, harassment, racism and discrimination, youth suicide, self-harm and gang violence. Trained to be aware of sensitive youth issues, WAYVE team members provide support to peers and community groups through education and awareness of local resources.

National Service Dogs

National Service Dogs is dedicated to enriching the quality of life and enhancing the independence of individuals living with special needs by providing them with specially trained Golden Retrievers and Labrador Retrievers. Our contribution provided for the training of one service dog for a needy child.

Pride Stables

Pride Stable is run by the Central Ontario Developmental Riding Program that offers therapeutic horseback riding lessons to people with disabilities. The GRRC sponsors the cost of one pony for the year.

Community Justice Initiatives

Community Justice Initiatives is a non-profit organization known world-wide as having started the first Restorative Justice program. They provide services in conflict resolution, group support for persons impacted by sexual trauma, and reintegration support for women returning to the community from prison through a weekly community engagement program (Stride Night) and reintegration support circles.

House of Friendship

House of Friendship is a Christian charitable human service agency that presently serves over 42,000 low-income women, men, youth and children annually through 19 programs.

Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council

The Council promotes a community wide strategy to reduce the incidence of suicidal behavior through public awareness, education, skill development, and public health advocacy. The Council strives to reduce the impact of suicidal behavior through the improvement of services, collection of local statistical data and through community consultation, co-ordination, and collaboration.

YWCA - Mary's Place

Mary's Place is Kitchener-Waterloo's 60-bed emergency shelter for women (16 and older), transgendered people, and families who are homeless. Parents of either gender with children who are homeless are welcome to stay at Mary's Place.

KCI Green Industries

Support for a local urban high school green industries program that allows students to learn about urban agriculture, horticulture, landscaping, forestry and floral design.

Scholarships and Private Support

  • Scholarships to high school students who embody the Rotary motto of "Service Above Self".
  • Support to worthy individuals travelling overseas to work in various humanitarian roles in third world countries.

Ontario Rotary Programs

Rotary programs focused on youth from our community including:

  • Camp Enterprise is an extensive three-day camp offering students the opportunity to participate in leadership activities focusing on the Free Enterprise System.

International Allocations

Possibilities International

Possibilities International exists to help fulfill the simple dreams of the hurting, helpless and hopeless by raising up a nation of everyday philanthropists. They believe that every person can become a philanthropist. Several times a year, they provide volunteers an opportunity to join them on a humanitarian aid trip, often engaging in building projects, maintenance programs and shopping trips for orphans.

International Rotary Programs and Other Projects

  • Financing for a water project in Tanzania.
  • GRRC has a Microcredit program that provides very small loans to impoverished borrowers who typically lack collateral, steady employment and a verifiable credit history. It is designed not only to support entrepreneurship and alleviate poverty, but also in many cases to empower women and by extension uplift entire communities.
  • Support for construction and maintenance of water wells in Haiti.
  • Participating in a foundation in partnership with another local Rotary Club to enable our club to access greater resources for project identification and management as well as potential matching grants for our support for international projects.
  • Support for Polio Plus which is a Rotary International program that's 20+ year mandate has been to vaccinate all children of the world against the crippling disease of polio with the goal of elimination of the disease from the world forever.