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History of the Rotary Community Corps (CRCC)

Rotary, Service and the Formation of the Rotary Community Corps (RCC) Program

For the last century, Rotary Clubs around the world have been working with non-Rotarian members of the community to implement service projects that improve the lives of local citizens and help people less fortunate.

As Rotary grew and expanded into every part of the world, there were many instances of Rotary Clubs sending Rotarians to villages in underprileged countries to provide assistance. Regardless of the approach chosen to help relieve poverty, hunger or disease, (whether it be providing clean water, schools, farming, vocational training, etc.), it became clear that the long-term goals could only be realized if the local communtiy understood their invested interest in the project's success and shared in the responsibilities of implementation and on-going support.

Rotary knows that creating service projects that improve people's lives and are realistic and self-sustainable are the most beneficial to a community. Recognizing that it is unrealistic for Rotarians to have a continuous presence in remote villages, a group of local leaders would be identified and trained to oversee the daily progress of the project. They would understand the associated responsibilies and objectives and would play an integral role in ensuring that the project had the practical and cultural support of the community in order to be successful.

In 1988, there were so many Rotary Clubs carrying out projects in palces outside their own community in conjunction with local groups that Rotary International formally created the Rotary Community Corps program. Today, there are over 6,200 RCCs in more than 73 countries - and growing.

As Americans, we are fortunate enough to consider clean drinking water, public education and freedom as part of our basic human rights. However, there is still work to be done and opportunities to improve the quality of lives right here in our own communities.

Clean Water We Have - Extra Time We Don't

Because of the more flexible time committment, Rotary Community Corps are being used in the US to provide service-minded people within the community an opportunity to become involved in meaningful service projects at a level with which they feel comfortable.


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