Field Of Valor (FOV)
This event, which began in 2012 has been a remarkable success - for Covina Rotary AND the community. Now an annual project, it is held each November during the week of Veteran's Day. The fields of Sierra Vista Middle School on Grand and Puente Avenues are covered with over 2000 large American flags dedicated to our veterans. Groups and individuals can dedicate flags for $35 for the event. Throughout the week, various speakers, concerts, student tours, and military fly-overs make the field an exciting and magnificent tribute to our veterans. One hundred percent of the funds raised from the Field of Valor provide assistance to our Veterans. Watch this website or visit www.CovinaFieldOfValor.com for more information about the event!
Covina Rotary Cares (CRC)
This is a program we created several years ago. It has expanded each year and has three major areas of focus:
- The Endless Smiles Christmas project involves a Christmas Party with gifts, crafts, snacks and a picture with Santa. About 200 familes from the Covina area are invited to the event.
- The Back to School Extravaganza provides clothing and school supplies to children in need from the Covina area.
- The Helping Families Beyond Borders program targets needy families in Mexico to whom we provide food and or clothing several times each year.
- The Seniors program identifies seniors with some specific need, on a case by case basis. In past years we have provided meals and handled home improvement projects.
- The CRC KINGS program (Kids in Need Growing Strong), is the newest focus of CRC, and is still in the developmental stage. Our intention is to provide financial support for extra-curricular activities to needy children when their parents may not be in a position to do so. Examples include participation in athletic programs (Little League) or other personal/social development programs (Scouting). Our target families will likely include families in financial distress, single parents, and grandparents raising their grandchildren. If you know of a family or organization who might qualify to participate in the KINGS program, click on the form here then print and fill out the pdf form. Mail it to PO Box 334, Covina CA 91723 or give it to a Covina Rotary member.
Teacher Mini-Grants is an annual program whereby teachers from the Charter Oak and Covina Valley School districts submit plans and budgets for special projects they would like to include in their classrooms, but for which there is no school district funding. A committee from our Club evaluates the proposals and allocates the $8,000 - $10,000 per year to the most worthy projects, with a maximum of $500 per teacher.
The Floyd Myrick awards are granted annually to High School youth who have demonstrated success by overcoming significant obstacles in their lives. Due to the unique qualifications for this award, the recipients are generally those who would not have otherwise received recognition.
The Dan Stover contest is a Rotary sanctioned program whereby High School level musicians compete first at the club level. Monetary awards are granted to the top performers to assist them with furthering their educations. The #1 winner at the club level goes on to compete at the regional level, and then possibly the district level, with scholarship monies awarded at each level. Three years ago, our club level winner won the entire district level competition.
RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) is a Rotary sanctioned program where High School students compete to participate in a three day leadership training camp. These students come away with life-changing skills and a broadened perspective of the world. Our club sponsors eight students to attend RYLA each year and various Club members also volunteer to attend the camp as leaders.
TLC (Teen Leadership Camp) is a three day camp for eighth grade students who are chosen for participation in part from the input of school administrators. These students gain self esteem and learn team building skills while at the camp (and seem to have a whole lot of fun doing it). Our club sponsors four students to attend each year and several Club members volunteer to be facilitators.
Interact Clubs are High School level service clubs that are affiliated with local Rotary Clubs. We sponsor Interact clubs at two schools and maintain a close relationship with those students. We provide some guidance with regards to projects the Interact clubs might be interested in taking on and they work with us on many of our projects. In the most recent year, the South Hills High School Interactors helped us with our Covina Rotary Cares Christmas project and our Fun Run. They raised $1,000 on their own to buy a shelter box (fully equipped tent with sleeping bags and supplies) to be sent to Haiti. With oversight by one of our members, Andy McIntyre, the Interactors provided the funds and labor to renovate a garden area at the Citrus Valley Hospice in Covina.
Meals on Wheels is administered by the YWCA and uses volunteer drivers to deliver the meals each day to house bound individuals. Our club handles one of the Covina routes each Tuesday, with many of our members volunteering to make the deliveries several times per year.
Special hands-on projects: Our most recent projects included painting the YMCA of the San Gabriel Valley headquarters in Covina and helping to paint the Covina Historical Society Firehouse / Jail Museum.
Work in progress...
YMCA After painting
Historical Museum painting
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