Local Committee


What is Local Committee?

Local Committee is one of the four committees in Cal Rotaract devoted to reinforcing Rotary International’s theme of “service before self.” We are committed to this theme by providing service at a local level, specifically in the East Bay/Berkeley Area. This fall semester, we are excited to present our theme of “Investing in the Community!” Through our events and meetings, we hope to raise awareness for the theme and begin working to make a difference! Some of our past events include a nature hike and trail cleanup with SquashDrive, packaging holiday gifts for underprivileged children in partnership with Operation Christmas Child, and helping to prepare food for the homeless with St. Mark’s Hot Meals program among many others. We are also very open to any new ideas or contributions!

Anyone and everyone is encouraged to come to our committee meetings from 7-8 pm on every other Monday. Here, you will gain friendships, engage in meaningful service, and become better leaders. Join us in planning, discussing, and carrying out the service projects we have planned for this semester!

What happens at committee meetings?

Here, you will learn about all of our service events and why they are important. You will also be learning about the importance of our theme in the local community. You will be helping with the planning and execution of our projects. There will be opportunities for leadership, fellowship, and of course, service, at all of our events! Committee meetings are where it all begins, so definitely come out!  

Why should you join Local Committee?

The service that we do in Local Committee is very special. Our events are focused on making a visible, direct impact on the local community. Our events are unique in that the positive change that you are creating will be right in front of you. If seeing the fruits of your labor is something that interests you, join Local Committee. At Local Committee meetings, you will have the opportunity to help us by taking on leadership roles in planning and executing the events. We are all super friendly and will be your friend so come through!

Service Partners


SquashDrive is a non-profit after school enrichment program for underserved Bay Area youth. We help students reach their academic, athletic, and personal potential through individualized educational support, squash instruction, and character development. SquashDrive provides over 8 hours per week of transformative programming to 4th through 11th graders from 12 partner schools. Learn more…

Prisoners Literature Project

The Prisoners Literature Project is an all-volunteer, non-profit group that sends free books directly to prisoners who request them from throughout the United States. Most American prisons do not allow prisoners to receive books directly from individuals. Instead, books must be sent through “pre-approved vendors,” usually expensive booksellers or publishers. In many cases, prisoners don’t have anyone on the outside who is willing or able to send books this way. The Prisoners Literature Project responds directly to prisoners’ book requests, and ships hundreds of good books directly to them every week. Learn more…

Berkeley Project

Berkeley Project aims at building a legacy of service and a strong, sustainable partnership between Cal students and the Berkeley community. Each spring, hundreds of Berkeley students from campus unite on one day and work positively impacting the community through a network of service projects. We will participate at the work site that is assigned to us, and one of our members will help lead the project alongside one of us. Here is your chance to help out at Cal’s BIGGEST community service event! Learn more…

Project Peace 

Project Peace is an organization that hosts Day of Services a few times a year. Each Day of Service, hundreds of faith-based groups and community members come together and volunteer their efforts to various service projects. Volunteers get their hands dirty, either in landscape projects, organizing and cleaning local schools, and much more! Learn more…


CERI (Center for Empowering Refugees & Immigrants) seeks to improve the social, psychological and economic health of refugees affected by trauma. They provide mental health and social services to immigrant families as well as provide yoga or art mindfulness workshops. Learn more…

Rebuilding Together 

Rebuilding Together is a non-profit organization that helps repair homes in local neighborhoods. They hope to revitalize communities and rebuild lives through home renovations. Learn more…

Questions or Comments? Contact Kate Ba and and Naomi Pearl at local@calrotaract.org


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