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What We Do

We are a service organization comprised of business professionals who work or live in the Elizabeth area.

Below is a list of a few of the things that we do:
  • Taste of Elizabeth
    We have held 23 food and beverage tasting events, starting with Taste of the Towns and more recently Taste of Elizabeth.

    These two fundraisers have netted the Elizabeth Rotary Club over $400,000.


  • Pancake Breakfast
    Another of our annual fund raisers held which is at the Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth

  • Policeman of the Year
    We annually recognize a policeman who has been identified by his department for his outstanding contribution in serving our community.

  • Fireman of the Year
    We annually recognize a fireman who has been identified by his department for his outstanding contribution in serving our community.

  • Food Bank
    Members volunteer

  • Soup Kitchen
    Members volunteer

  • Dictionary Project
    Dictionaries are hand delivered to approximately 2,600 third graders of Elizabeth public and private schools.

    The goal of the Rotary Club Elizabeth Dictionary Project is to expose 3rd graders to the benefits of using a dictionary. We want to develop a lifetime habit of using a dictionary.


  • Earlyact Club - Interact Club - Rotoract Club
    Our Club sponsors three Rotary community service clubs geared towards teaching young people the value of “Service above Self”:

    Earlyact at Our Lady of Guadalupe Grade School, Interact at Elizabeth High School, and Rotaract at Kean University.

    We also send youngsters to RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) which is a Leadership Training program.


  • Where Angels Play
    Club assisted “Where Angels Play Foundation” with a sizable cash gift to build an active children’s playground on the Elizabeth water front. It is active with a variety of children’s interactive stations. One of the features is the equipment are all in the form of Elizabeth Fire Department trucks and face to the Northeast where the Twin Towers once stood. Many members of the Club attended the dedication ceremony.

  • Tour de Elizabeth
    We are one of the sponsors of the Tour de Elizabeth run by Groundwork Elizabeth and the City of Elizabeth.

    Over 700 bicycle riders participate including many Rotarians.

    Our Interact Club provides the largest group of volunteers at the event.


  • Charitable Donations
    Below are a few of the Organizations we have recently donated to:
    Operation Chillout - Veterans Program
    Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless
    Benedictine Academy
    Davis Scholarship Fund
    Food for St. John's Dinner
    Contact We Care
    Minutemen Diamond Club
    Shelter Box
    Healing the Children NJ
    Interact Club - Elizabeth High School
    Seeing Eye Inc
    United Youth of NJ
    Historical Society - Elizabeth NJ
    Township of Hillside - Recreation Project
    Groundwork Elizabeth – Tour de Elizabeth
    Patrick School - Ecology Project
    Where Angels Play Foundation - playground in Elizabeth
    Nepal Disaster Project
    Family and Children's Services
    PolioPLus
    Community Access Unlimited
    YWCA
    St. John's Feeding Program
    Boys and Girls Club of Union County
    Our Lady of Guadalupe
    Rotary Club of New Brunswick
    Wreaths Across America
    PNNJ - Ruprecht Fund
    Dictionary Project

  • Clean Water Project
    Water and sanitation, one of Rotary’s six areas of focus, is a local concern of global importance. Meeting these basic needs continues to be a fundamental problem in developing countries

  • Shelter Box Project
    ShelterBox is an international relief charity that provides immediate assistance to people affected by disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic activity, flooding, hurricanes, cyclones, tsunamis, or conflict.

    ShelterBox provides shelter, lifesaving equipment, and educational materials to hard-hit communities worldwide.


  • Polio Plus Project
    This is a signature Rotary International project to rid the world of the dreaded polio virus. Since 1985 the Elizabeth Rotary Club has been deeply involved in immunization projects, fund raising projects, public announcement and TV spots promoting immunization. We have sponsored 2 Elizabeth Rotarians for an immunization trip to West Africa to distribute vaccine.

    The project has been enormously successful in reducing polio cases. When started there were approximately 375,000 report polio cases today less than 100.


  • Scholarships
    The Albert and Louise Davis Scholarship Fund of the Rotary Club of Elizabeth, NJ was founded in 1986.

    As of May of 2016, 338 Elizabeth High School Students have been awarded $508,000 in scholarship grants.