Back to School Shopping Event
Each August before school starts, JcPenney’s at Alderwood Mall opens its doors early on a Sunday morning to allow us to take underprivileged kids shopping for maybe their first new clothes ever! This year we were able to serve 60 kids from local schools and many of them were McKinney Vento Kids.
It is a really amazing thing to get to see their eyes light up, get something that fits them and help them have some pride going back to school so they can continue to grow and learn. We are always looking for volunteers for this project and once you do it, it will be on your calendar every year!
Sharing Tree at Alderwood Mall
For 30 years plus, we have hosted the Sharing Tree at Alderwood Mall. We are posted in front of Macy’s in the middle of the mall shortly after Thanksgiving to start accepting gifts for the holiday season to get them into the hands of kids, teens and seniors in our area. These gifts are distributed through other non-profits in the community with our long-term infrastructure and partnerships. Unfortunately, most of these services need the gifts in November before the giving starts. So many years we are the storage warehouse for these gifts to make sure the timing is right for distribution to the community. Consider finding us at the Alderwood Mall or buying gifts online through our Amazon Wish List:
Project Playground Peru
Alderwood Rotarians undertook a project to build a playground for an elementary school in Peru. The Club allocated $10,000 and Rotarians traveled 5,900 miles to the site and were able to complete the project in just four days.
The Homework Center
Many times, kids in our school district are unable to excel at their homework without additional assistance or help with their language. At Alderwood-Terrace Rotary we have developed the HOMEWORK CENTER on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school at Terrace Park elementary. There we help and assist with math, science and English as a second language. Many times, the entire family takes part and we help everyone make strides towards a better connection with their world.