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Every year, East Cobb Rotary participates in a variety of service projects that aim to benefit East Cobb and those who live here.  The East Cobb Rotarians above are participating in Project Mail Call. Other projects we participate in include:

Adopt-a-Mile
Nothing tells more about our community than the cleanliness of the streets we live on.  East Cobb Rotary has adopted a portion of Johnson Ferry Road in East Cobb between Lower Roswell Rd and Little Willeo Rd.  Every spring, our volunteers meet for a morning of service and fellowship to keep our road clean.  For more information, please contact us today!

Relay for Life
The American Cancer Society holds its annual Relay for Life at Jim Miller Park in Cobb County.  Our club supports this most important event, raising money for cancer research and being in attendance for the evening's activities.  For more information, please contact us today!

Food Drives
Every Thanksgiving, East Cobb Rotary provides volunteers and food donations to local East Cobb charities.  For more information, please contact us today!

Clean Water Project

We have been systematically targeting neighborhoods for identifying and labeling storm-water drains in our area that flow directly to our creeks and streams.  Our permanant medallions on these drains warn against dumping of chemicals.

East Cobb Park

The Rotary Club of East Cobb has continued its involvement as a member of the “Friends of East Cobb Park.”  Our club has been there since inception of the concept as a passive park without sports team activities, and for preserving green space in a highly developed residential and commercial area of East Cobb County.  The club and its individual members contributed significantly to bringing the park into existence, and over the years have continued to provide support.  For the fourth year in a row, our club has been a sponsor for the East Cobb Park annual Holiday Lights ceremony, and along with sponsorship, club members volunteer to serve food at this event.   The club’s participation in the East Cobb Park Towhee Trail project is more fully explained in a description that follows.
 

Coins For Alzheimer’s Research Trust (C.A.R.T.)

At each weekly meeting, our club’s C.A.R.T. Chairman, Steve Snipes, makes sure that a blue C.A.R.T. bucket is placed on every table so every member is provided the opportunity to contribute.  Verbal reminders cue everyone every week to put their change in the buckets, and dollars are OK too.  Many members have the weekly habit of emptying the change from their pockets or purses and placing it in the bucket.  More funds are extracted from members when the Sergeant-at-Arms asks during Sunshine time for any members who forgot to wear their Rotary pin that week to place a dollar in the C.A.R.T. bucket. 
 
East Cobber Parade
 
The East Cobber Parade is an annual event established in our community by former Rotarian Cynthia Rozzo through her East Cobber magazine.  This is a community service involvement of our club that we count on as an annual project.  It’s a part of East Cobb Rotary’s presence, participation, public relations, and contribution in the community.  Our parade entry varies from
year to year from a decorated float to carrying Rotary Avenues of Service signs to carrying a giant USA flag down the street.  It’s a real Family of Rotary event with Rotarians, spouses, children and grandchildren of club members participating. 
 
M.U.S.T. “Loaves & Fishes Kitchen”
 
The Rotary Club of East Cobb partnered with the Rotary Club of Marietta to develop a joint project of enduring significance in our local community, using a combination of raised money, in-kind donations and hands-on volunteerism.  This joint project remodeled and expanded the Loaves & Fishes kitchen at M.U.S.T. Ministries and will cost at least $50,000.00 with East Cobb Rotary pledging $25,000.00.  Dr. Ike Reighard, President of M.U.S.T., spoke to the club on December 12, 2012, and noted that the kitchen had provided 34,000 people with 189,678 lunches last year.  Funds for this project are combined from our club’s annual Dog Days Run and a $10,000.00 District 6900 Grant along with additional funds from the Marietta Rotary Club.  The Ribbon Cutting for the newly remodeled kitchen was in July of 2013.
 
Marietta YWCA Housing Rennovation
 
We are currently teaming up with our old friends at Marietta Rotary for yet another rennovation project.  This time it will rennovation of the temporary housing the Marietta YWCA provides for battered women and their children. 
 
THANKS-FOR-GIVING – Hunger Project
 
Our affiliation as a community partner with The Center for Family Resources draws us to this annual event of preparing Thanksgiving food boxes for the hungry in Cobb County.  We routinely add this event to our club’s calendar of plans for the year.  It’s a part of East Cobb Rotary’s presence, participation, public relations, and contribution.  This annual project gives our club the opportunity to bring nutrition and some joy to those who otherwise would be hungry and go without.  We also continue a partnership with The Center for Family Resources and the Cobb County Department of Family and Children Services in providing for a vital need in our community.