Service Projects

Hayward Area Rotary Charitable Foundation

In 2009, the local Hayward Area Rotary Club formed the Hayward Area Rotary Charitable Foundation, a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization. This allows not only Rotarians but also non-Rotarians to make tax deductible donations to be earmarked for either specific projects or for general use of the foundation. If you are interested in making a donation please contact us directly by using the form on the contact page. Thank you for your donation in advance. All monies collected are directly used for worthy projects. No donations are used for operation of the club or the benefit of Rotarians.

Project News

Dictionary Project - It's that time of year....time to distribute dictionaries to every third grade student in the Hayward Area Rotary Club catchment area. Within the next several weeks over 200 new dictionaries will be hand delivered to the 3rd graders at the Hayward Primary School, Stone Lake Elementary School, Winter School, LCO Elementary School, HACIL Charter School, Waadookod00ding Charter School, St. Thomas Mission School, and the Northern Lights Schools - if you want to be involved contact Ed Haugen


BackPack Project - Hayward 
      The new Hayward BackPack Program is starting this month. Food will be packed each Friday for students at the Hayward Intermediate School for those students lacking sufficient resources for the weekends. Rotarians are needed each Friday to help with the sorting. Get involved! Contact Patti Patefield with your availability

BackPack Project - Winter

Hayward Food Shelf

One Time Projects - Shue's Pond Gazebo, Park Theater Light System, Hayward Library Children's Reading, NorthWoods Strings Music without Boundaries Project


STRIVE - Students Taking a Renewed Interest in the Value of Education - Mentors meet monthly with high school seniors both in large groups and one on one to assist in navigating the path to higher education. The program is in it's fourth year and continues to gain momentum. A wonderful hands on project with young adults. To get involved, contact Don Semler

Dictionary Project - Don Black distributed dictionaries this year at the Hayward Intermediate School. In total the Rotary Club distributed over 180 dictionaries to 3rd graders in the rotary club's catchment area.

Academic Scholarships - Yearly scholarships are given out to 5-7 outstanding seniors in the Hayward High School

Camp RYLA -

Camp Enterprise -


International Youth Exchange - The Hayward Area Rotary Club has always enjoyed combining it's commitment to youth and character development and it's view of the need for international understanding. Therefore the International Youth Exchange Program has been well supported and thrives. This year is no different

1. Inbound - This year's student hails from Germany. Oscar has already settled in with his first host family, has played varsity soccer, knocked on doors for a local election campaign, and been voted onto the homecoming court. 

2. Outbound - Hayward sent out one of their own this year to Denmark. Tommy left at the end of July for a one year exchange in Denmark, his first choice. He is enjoying himself immensely and admits to only one day of homesickness during the last 3 months. If you want to follow Tommy throughout the year, check out his blog.

Mossy Foot Project - Following the passions of one of it's members, Robyn Bjork, the club this year has become involved in the Mossy Foot Project. Robin is a wound care specialist and feels a special calling to help eradicate the crippling disease. This year sees her in Ethiopia setting up wound clinics and teaching workshops so that treatment can continue in her absence. The club is in the process of pulling together the necessary components for a Rotary Foundation Global grant.