R otary clubs and districts around the world can benefit from working with external organizations to carry out service projects by:
- Making projects more sustainable
- Gaining access to technical or financial resources
- Multiplying the impact of a project locally, regionally, and internationally
- Inspiring community leaders to join Rotary upon invitation
- Increasing public awareness of Rotary club activities
Project partner status is available to recognize organizations that are started or managed by Rotarians, usually through a club or district, and that offer service opportunities to Rotarians. Rotary's first project partner is:
is an international aid organization that provides immediate assistance to areas ravaged by disasters, such as, earthquakes, volcanic activity, flooding, hurricanes, cyclones, tsunamis, or conflict.
Service partners support Rotary club projects in the avenues of service and areas of focus. All activities take place at the local level at the discretion of individual clubs and districts. Service partners include:
Goodwill Industries International Goodwill Industries International
and Rl encourage Rotary clubs and local Goodwill organizations to pursue common vocational objectives and promote training for people with barriers to employment.
The Global FoodBanking NetworkThe Global Foodbanking Network
is an international organization whose mission is to alleviate world hunger by collaborating to develop food banks in communities where they are needed around the world and by supporting food banks where they exist.
The Dollywood Foundation's Imagination Library
The collaborative relationship between The Dollywood Foundation's Imagination Library
and RI provides a way for clubs to support early childhood literacy by providing children in their community with a free book every month from birth to age five.
International Reading Association The International Reading Association
and Rl encourage Rotary clubs and the association's local councils and affiliates to collaborate in developing community service projects that promote literacy worldwide.
YSA (Youth Service America) YSA
focuses on the engagement of young people, ages 5-25, as partners in solving the problems of the world by addressing challenges that are stifling economic and human potential, such as, environmental degradation, childhood obesity, hunger, illiteracy, animal welfare, water scarcity, human rights, and communicable diseases. YSA organizes Global Youth Service Day
, the largest service event in the world, where young people lead highly visible service projects.