The Latrobe Rotary Club initiated the Backpack Bag-Of-Food Program in January 2015. The program supplies nutritious food for the weekend to children in kindergarten through grade 6 at Latrobe Elementary School.
Volunteers from the Club donate their time to help pack the bags each week which are then delivered to the school, the backpacks are then discreetly given to about 48 children at Latrobe Elementary School with enough food to make meals for Friday-Sunday.
While the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program provide healthy food to eligible children, these same children may not have enough food to eat in their homes during the weekend, Teachers regularly observed children coming to school hungry because they were not getting enough to eat on Saturdays and Sundays.
Looking for a way to increase the amount of money available to support community service efforts, in 1989 the Rotary Club of Latrobe initiated its annual Community Projects Dinner. Tickets for an elimination drawing are sold within the community and surrounding area. Those who attend enjoy an evening of fine food and fellowship while enabling the club to serve the community in a wider variety of projects.
In the months following the dinner, grant requests are received by the Grant Allocation Committee, who review them to determine whether they merit further consideration. Preference is given to “brick-and-mortar” projects rather than requests for funds for operating expenses. The committee then makes its recommendations to the Board of Directors, who make the final decision on the grants.
A three-year 2010/2011 project partnered by Districts 7330 and 4590, and the Campinas-Alvorada and Latrobe Rotary Club to demonstrate that over-logged, denuded forests areas along riverbanks in Campinas, which cause damaging runoff and pollution, can be restored by planting, growing and managing large numbers of tree seedlings. Briefly, the project accomplished the following: Read More
As the Rotary Club of Latrobe approached its 75th Anniversary year in 1996, members began looking for an appropriate project to crown its seventy-five years of service to the community. A committee made up of past presidents of the club proposed that the club seek the approval of the Greater Latrobe School District to improve the facilities at the Youngstown Field, a parcel owned by the school district and located near the Greater Latrobe Junior/Senior High School campus. At a meeting of the Greater Latrobe Board of Education on August 9, 1995, a proposal was made by the club and accepted by the board. The project was set in motion when the Rotary Club committed $75,000 over five years to make the improvements. The school district in return agreed that the area would be named the LATROBE ROTARY COMMUNITY PARK/SCHOOL.
The vision was to provide a quality sports and recreation area for the school and the community and also to become an “outdoor classroom” for environmental study. The first phase of the project included the installation of water and electric lines, a road and parking spaces, security lighting, and signage. In addition, the previously existing softball and soccer field was moved and upgraded, and an additional one of each was constructed. In the decade and a half since the initial phase was implemented, the club has undertaken several large projects to improve the functionality of the park. A 30×60 foot pavilion with all utilities, picnic tables, a serving counter, and secure storage area was built in an area that was once covered by dying trees and poison ivy. Later, brick walkways were laid around the pavilion, and restroom facilities were installed nearby.