Community Service Projects

The Rotary Club of Edina’s Community Service Projects Committee organizes and oversees many programs in our community and the metro area.  Our club works directly with organizations and individuals in our local area and teams up with fellow Rotary clubs throughout the district to hold meaningful events throughout the year. We put on, and volunteer at, new and exciting projects every year while also hosting many signature events every year.

For example, we assemble food baskets and care packages at Thanksgiving for those in need, package food for Feed My Starving Children, host workshops on important issues such as opioids overuse prevention and human trafficking, and provide students with weekend food packs through VEAP, deliver bread from grocery stores to food shelters, provide bell ringers for the Salvation Army, and donate Christmas gifts to local shelters.  

We also team up with many of our local grant recipients to provide sweat equity along with our monetary investments. Every year we are looking for new organizations to team up with and fun and exciting ways to make a meaningful impact on our local community! For more information about our programs, or to join a committee, please contact Director Kenny Smith, kjs@edinalaw.com.

Community Service Grants

The Rotary Club of Edina, through its charitable arm, the Edina Rotary Foundation, provides grants for local, regional, state and national projects.  Grant requests are taken in the fall of each year, with awards being given in the spring.  The Community Service Grants committee oversees this grant-giving process, responding to the needs and requests of organizations within our service areas of Edina and contiguous communities (Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Hopkins, Minnetonka, Minneapolis, Richfield, and St. Louis Park).

Our service funding vision framework is to create partnerships with other organizations and clubs, and to increase our participation in sustainable projects, while still supporting smaller organizations in need. Our club focuses on funding for tangible items, rather than funding designated for operating expenses., in the following areas:  serving people with disabilities, supporting education, safeguarding basic needs, and protecting youth.  For more information, please download our Local Grants Guidelines and Local Grants Application in our "Files" section on the left.

Recent organizations that have received grants through our local funding program include the following (please see our "Links" section on the left for more information about these organizations):

  • Aces
  • Alzheimer's Association
  • Can-Do Canines
  • Cornerstone
  • Edina Give & Go
  • Edina High School
  • Hearts & Hammers
  • Hearts & Hands
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association
  • Oasis for Youth
  • Sheridan Story
  • VEAP
  • YMCA
For more information on Community Service Grants, please contact Director Kelly Burnett, kburnett@amfam.com