Our club recognizes the value of partnerships in addressing community needs. We understand that working together collaboratively with our service partners results in greater impact and ensures that our volunteer and financial resources are used effectively. These partnerships also strengthen community programs, build upon the skills and expertise of our members and improve leadership skills among our members. Getting involved with these community partners also helps raise the awareness of our club’s focus on service and community betterment. We’re proud to work with the following service partners and help support needs in our community.
Since its founding, Worthington Libraries has maintained a strong tradition of leadership and has earned many awards for its outstanding programs and services. These services range from computers and software and top-notch reference help to wireless hotspots, read-along books that combine picture books and audio-books, adventure kits and notary and passport application services. With its three locations – Old Worthington, Northwest and Park Road – Worthington Libraries is the ninth-highest circulating library in Ohio, behind eight metropolitan library systems. In 2007 Worthington Libraries was named the National Library of the Year, and it has earned a five-star rating from the Library Journal for 10 consecutive years, one of only 13 libraries in the country to achieve this continuous top rating.
Worthington was founded in 1803 by a group of eleven New England families who traveled over 600 miles by wagon train to start a new community dedicated to the values of education, religion and life-long learning. Their vision is alive today in the City of Worthington, which exudes New England character and charm and prides itself in an exceptional quality of life for all citizens. Known for its high quality of city services and responsiveness to citizens, Worthington is ideally located at the northern crossroads of I-270, I-71 & State Route 315, with easy access to, from, and around Columbus. Worthington’s close-knit neighborhoods, tree-lined streets and walkability add to the appeal of the city for residents and businesses.
Worthington Schools is one of the top school districts in central Ohio. The community and schools work collaboratively and support each other, ensuring students have access to high-quality programs and opportunities so that students are prepared for great careers and bright futures. In fact, 91 percent of students move on to higher education. Worthington Schools offer classes and programs beyond the basics, including three alternative school options, access to all-day, everyday kindergarten, 32 varsity sports, 45 high school clubs, and more than 200 course options at the high schools. The school district mission is “To empower a community of learners who will change the world.” The community expects a diverse, rigorous and comprehensive education and Worthington Schools rise to that challenge by meeting students’ needs and creating lifelong learners and successful adults.
Dublin City Schools works every day to provide its students with world-class instruction, a well-rounded education, and to continuously improve in everything its teachers and staff do. These principles support the district’s mission to grow thinkers. Dublin Schools are about much more than test scores. Creativity and critical thinking are drivers of the staff’s daily work with students, and the district is focused on helping to develop the next generation of good leaders and good citizens. During the 2017-2018 school year Dublin City Schools was named the 5th best school district in the United States by online ranking system niche.com.
Founded in 2013, the Family Mentor Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity established to connect community resources and children who need them most. The foundation seeks to help meet the unmet needs of children in our community through a variety of programs and resources that will help them to reach their full potential.
The Worthington Resource Pantry is a resource center that educates, feeds and comforts people who need a helping hand during rough economic times. The organization is committed to building a healthy community and engages the community by serving neighbors and providing them with opportunities to serve one another. Volunteers form the heart of the Worthington Resource Pantry, and its operations are funded by the donations of area families, businesses and individuals who also provide support through donations of food and personal care items.
The Peggy R. McConnell Worthington Center for the Arts brings people together through experiences that spark learning and explore creative conversations with a mission to change lives and make memories through creative arts experiences. Featuring established and emerging artists on view and on stage, the Arts Center provides a connection to local art for the community and beyond. Through diverse programming including art and art education classes, exhibitions, and musical, theatrical and literary performances, the McConnell Arts Center encourages the sharing of those memories and personal experiences within a comfortable place, inspiring personal growth and social capital and promoting a well-rounded and balanced life.
WANT TO WORK TOGETHER ON A SERVICE PROJECT?
While our club has developed strong partnerships with community organizations, we are continually exploring ways to address community needs through new collaborative relationships. Does your business place a high value on service and is looking for an organization to partner with? Do you have a work team or group of friends that has an idea to help make a difference in our community?
Let’s explore. Contact us.
Working together with our partners, we have helped to make a difference in the lives of youth and their families in the communities we serve. Below are some of our collaborative service efforts.
- Provided tutors to help children with their homework at the Northwest Library’s Homework Help Center.
- Installed a rain garden with a storm water mitigation area at the Mirolo Pavilion, an education and meeting space on the grounds of Thomas Worthington High School.
- Provided college scholarships, totaling $5,000, for seniors in Dublin and Worthington high schools.
- Distributed gifts donated by students at Worthington Kilbourne High School to needy families during the holidays.
- Purchased and assembled 150 food bags to help sustain children on the weekends when they are not in school and during
- Conducted drives for food, personal hygiene items and clothing and provided funding to support the neighbors of the
Worthington Resource Pantry.
- Worked with Worthington Libraries and the Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries as well as Rotary Clubs
throughout the state to collect more than 16,000 early-reader books as a joint literacy project with our twin club in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
- Provided 400 tree seedlings to fifth graders at Dublin and Worthington elementary schools. The project supported Rotarians all over the world with a goal of panting 1.2 million trees, one for every Rotarian.
BECOME A MEMBER
A number of our club members come from the organizations we have formed partnerships with. One of them is Nick Linkenhocker, who is executive director of the Worthington Resource Pantry.
Nick believes his involvement in the club has helped him experience more of the community where he and his wife have chosen to make a home. “I view my membership in the club as an opportunity to give back in a meaningful way,” he says. “For me, membership in Rotary is about developing personal and professional relationships based on community service and fellowships.”
If you want to give back in a meaningful way and develop lasting friendships and business relationships, join us at a meeting, get to know our members and learn about Rotary.