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Capistrano Restorative Garden

The Capistrano USD Restorative Garden, a project built and supported by SJC Rotary, serves as a dynamic learning environment for high school students and young adults with disabilities. These students have successfully cultivated a variety of flowers and herbs, sharing their harvest with local restaurants.

Daily, the students gather the blossoms they nurture, arranging them in bud vases and loading them onto red wagons. This ritual isn’t merely a task but a journey of pride as they deliver these natural beauties to three local restaurants, brightening tables and spirits alike.
Responding to the vision of school principal Luci Copolla to expand the garden’s impact, Rotarians Steve Rose, Jerry Neve, Steve Cohon, Gary Willenborg, Greg Sykes, Tom Hribar, Mark Brubaker, and Ken Giberson, teamed up with Luci to construct a fruit stand. This initiative will allow the students to sell their fruits and vegetables to the public, fostering a direct connection between the students' efforts and the community.

In one day, they built the stand that is planned to operate weekly, ensuring fresh, local produce is both celebrated and utilized within the community.

Medical Clinic

San Juan Capistrano Rotary joined with other clubs to increase the capabilities of the Medical Center in Santa Catarina Mita, Guatemala.

Building a home in a day

House Build with Corazón

Working with Corazón, we build a house in a day for a deserving family in Mexico.

Providing 400 pairs of new shoes for children in Tijuana.

Christmas "Shoes for the Soul"

SJC Rotary, working with the Rotary Club Noroeste Global in Tijuana provided 400 pairs of new shoes for kids in two schools.

Supporting Marine Families at Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Baskets

We provide Thanksgiving baskets for families in need in San Juan Capistrano and Marine families at Camp Pendleton.

RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) participants

RYLA

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards provides scholarships for a weekend of training for future leaders.

A Type 6 (brush fire) fire truck provided by SJC Rotary.

Cucupah Volunteer Fire Dept.

Provide a Type 6 Fire Truck (brush Fire Truck) for the members of the Cucupah Village Volunteer Fire Department.

Montagnard orphans in Vietnam

Montagnard Orphanages

We support several orphanages for Montagnard children in Vietnam. The Montagnard were staunch allies of the United States even though they were mistreated by most Vietnamese.

Shelter Box provides disaster aid worldwide

Disaster Aid for Families

We support disaster aid programs all over the world.

Immunizing against polio

PolioPlus

Rotary has immunized more than 2.5 Billion children around the world to help stop the spread of polio.

San Juan Capistrano Scout Hut

Scouting

SJC Rotary has supported Boy and Girl Scouts since 1939.

Dental & Vision Clinics

We provide free dental and vision services to school children in impoverished areas around Ensenada.

SJC Rotary Pancake Breakfast

Swallows Day Pancake Breakfast

Our pancake breakfast that starts the annual Swallows Day Parade has been a hit for decades

Local Students in L.A. Marathon

SJC Rotary supports the Marco Forster students running in the L.A, Marathon.

Carrying a Thanksgiving turkey

Thanksgiving Meals

We collect food and serve Thanksgiving Dinner for those in need

A memorable toy at Christmas

Christmas Santa

SJC Rotary sponsors Santa's arrival and visit to children.

How we're helping others

Project
Project Type
Location
Description
"Relay for Life"
Community
San Juan Capistrano, CA
Boys & Girls Club of Capistrano Valley
Community
San Juan Capistrano, CA
CARE - Capistrano Animal Rescue Effort
Community
San Juan Capistrano, CA
Capistrano Animal Rescue Effort
Capistrano Restorative Garden
Community
The Capistrano USD Restorative Garden, a project built and supported by SJC Rotary, serves as a dynamic learning environment for high school students and young adults with disabilities. These students have successfully cultivated a variety of flowers and herbs, sharing their harvest with local restaurants. Daily, the students gather the blossoms they nurture, arranging them in bud vases and loading them onto red wagons. This ritual isn’t merely a task but a journey of pride as they deliver these natural beauties to three local restaurants, brightening tables and spirits alike. Responding to the vision of school principal Luci Copolla to expand the garden’s impact, Rotarians Steve Rose, Jerry Neve, Steve Cohon, Gary Willenborg, Greg Sykes, Tom Hribar, Mark Brubaker, and Ken Giberson, teamed up with Luci to construct a fruit stand. This initiative will allow the students to sell their fruits and vegetables to the public, fostering a direct connection between the students' efforts and the community. In one day, they built the stand that is planned to operate weekly, ensuring fresh, local produce is both celebrated and utilized within the community.
Christmas "Shoes for the Soul"
International
Mexico
SJC Rotary, working with the Rotary Club Noroeste Global in Tijuana provided 400 pairs of new shoes for kids in two schools.
Christmas Santa
Community
San Juan Capistrano, CA
SJC Rotary sponsors Santa's arrival and visit to children.
Cucupah Volunteer Fire Dept.
International
Mexico
Provide a Type 6 Fire Truck (brush Fire Truck) for the members of the Cucupah Village Volunteer Fire Department.
Dental & Vision Clinics
International
Ensenada, BC Mexxico
We provide free dental and vision services to school children in impoverished areas around Ensenada.
Dental Clinic & Health Fair
Community
San Juan Capistrano, CA
Disaster Aid for Families
Community
Various
We support disaster aid programs all over the world.
Family Assistance Ministries (FAM)
Community
San Juan Capistrano, CA
Supporting Family Assistance Ministries (FAM) in providing food, shelter and counseling
High School Scholarships
Youth
San Juan Capistrano, CA
High School Speech & Music Competition
Youth
San Juan Capistrano, CA
Hispanic Youth Soccer League
Youth
San Juan Capistrano, CA
House Build with Corazón
International
Mexico
Working with Corazón, we build a house in a day for a deserving family in Mexico.
Local Students in L.A. Marathon
Youth
San Juan Capistrano, CA
SJC Rotary supports the Marco Forster students running in the L.A, Marathon.
Los Barriles de Cabo sports park
International
Los Barilles de Cabo, BC, Mex
SJC Rotary, working with Los Barrels de Cabo Rotary is helping build a sports park for local youth.
Medical Clinic
International
Santa Catarina Mita, Guatemala
San Juan Capistrano Rotary joined with other clubs to increase the capabilities of the Medical Center in Santa Catarina Mita, Guatemala.
Montagnard Orphanages
International
Vietnam
We support several orphanages for Montagnard children in Vietnam. The Montagnard were staunch allies of the United States even though they were mistreated by most Vietnamese.
PolioPlus
International
Worldwide
Rotary has immunized more than 2.5 Billion children around the world to help stop the spread of polio.
RYLA
Youth
Idylwild, CA
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards provides scholarships for a weekend of training for future leaders.
SJC Creek Clean-up
Community
San Juan Capistrano, CA
San Juan Capistrano Open Space
Community
San Juan Capistrano, CA
Scouting
Youth
San Juan Capistrano, CA
SJC Rotary has supported Boy and Girl Scouts since 1939.
Shea Therapeutic Riding Center
Community
San Juan Capistrano, CA
Supporting CREER Comunidad y Familia programs
Community
San Juan Capistrano, CA
Supporting CREER Comunidad y Familia programs
Supporting Marine Families
Community
Camp Pendleton, CA
Swallows Day Pancake Breakfast
Community
San Juan Capistrano, CA
Our pancake breakfast that starts the annual Swallows Day Parade has been a hit for decades
Thanksgiving Baskets
Community
San Juan Capistrano, CA
We provide Thanksgiving baskets for families in need in San Juan Capistrano and Marine families at Camp Pendleton.
Thanksgiving Meals
Community
San Juan Capistrano, CA
We collect food and serve Thanksgiving Dinner for those in need
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