Rotary Service Opportunities Program: Urban Concerns

An overview:

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme predicts that the world’s urban population will grow to nearly five billion by 2030. As cities expand, the availability of adequate housing, employment, health care, safe water, and basic sanitation facilities often declines and ensuring a productive and inclusive community becomes increasingly difficult. As a result, nearly one out of every three city residents lives in a slum. Disease, crime, unemployment, and homelessness are some of the daily challenges confronting this marginalized population.

Rotary’s approach:

Rotary began as an endeavor to restore a sense of community in the city. The first Rotary club meeting was held in downtown Chicago, and the first club project led to the construction of a public restroom for the city’s workers. Today, Rotarians are tackling some of the most sensitive and difficult challenges faced by urban populations. From building shelters for domestic abuse victims to developing community gardens for the city’s poor to providing educational and vocational opportunities for recent immigrants, Rotarians strive to improve the lives of urban dwellers. Through the projects they carry out in their communities, many Rotary clubs and districts are addressing urban concerns in these ways:

  • Improving the well-being of the most vulnerable people living in urban areas
  • Promoting civic engagement, transparency, and good governance
  • Reducing barriers to employment
  • Ensuring that people’s basic needs for food, clothing, shelter, education, and employment are met
  • Improving public health
  • Improving access to safe water and basic sanitation facilities

Take action

  • Learn what issues affect your city and other cities around the world.
  • Find out how other individuals, organizations, communities, and governments address these issues.
  • Discover what resources exist in your city to address urban concerns.
  • Build on existing community resources to improve the lives of urban dwellers.
  • Develop ways your club can address urban concerns in your city.
  • Involve your community in your project.
  • Develop a way to evaluate the success of your club’s project.

How can  Oberon Rotary be involved in the Urban Concerns Program?

  • Reducing barriers to employment  
    • Mock Interviews
    • Careers Markets
  • Improving Public Health
    • Bowelscan
    • Supporting mental health initiatives
  • Any other ideas??

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