The Rotary Club of Carpinteria is active in a wide range of community programs and events. A sampling of these includes:
FLAG PROJECT, where American flags are placed in front of participating businesses on special holidays. This fund-raising program not only allows businesses to support the good works of Rotary, but also creates a festive, patriotic atmosphere for the entire city.
AVOCADO FESTIVAL, Carpinteria's annual autumn street party, held the first full weekend in October, gives Rotary a chance to raise money for local charities while supporting the community in general. The club also seizes this opportunity to educate the public on the mission and scope of Rotary.
AID TO SENIORS, through participation in the Brown Bag Program, a program of the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, we distribute food to needy senior citizens. We have also occasionally joined the Interact Club in producing and staffing a free dinner party for needy seniors, creating fellowship across generations
INTERACT CLUB, a program at Carpinteria High School that helps high school students develop leadership skills and provides services to the community, is supported by Rotary with both funds and member involvement.
SCHOOL AWARDS, teachers in the 5th and 8th grades in the Carpinteria Unified School District are requested to make a selection of outstanding students who exemplify the traits of the Rotary 4-Way Test. Students receive Certificates of Appreciation and either $50 or $100 US Savings Bonds.
MENTORING, through career seminars given at the local junior and senior high schools. We have also donated vocational biographies for the Carpinteria High School Career Center.
COMMUNITY BEAUTIFICATION, through projects such as the installation of a garden at the corner of Casitas Pass and Hwy 101, and through participation in beach clean-up, graffiti removal, and hazardous waste removal days.
CARPINTERIA TRIATHALON WATERHOLE, Carpinteria City's annual community fundraiser, held in September, gives Rotary another chance to assist in raising funds for local charities while supporting the community in general. Funds raised from this event are used to fund scholarships for youth recreation programs.
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL READERS, in coordination with the staff of elementary schools, Rotarians spend an hour once a week working with and listening to elementary school children reading various books. The goal of this program is to help children who have fallen behind in their class work.
GREETING CARD PROJECT and CASINO NIGHT are two fundraising projects currently produced by the Club to earn funds to be disbursed throughout the community. (See below)
TALENT SHOW is our newest fundraiser to receive contributions for the Carpinteria Rotary Charitable Foundation. that can (1) be distributed as charitable contributions to organizations and (2) accumulate over a longer period of time in an endowment fund.