For several years the Bath Rotary Club and members of the Haverling Interact Club, sponsored by the Bath Rotary, have been participating in Project Care's program of Shopping for the Elderly. During the months of July through September local Rotarians comb the aisles of Tops Friendly Market in Bath looking for the items on the shopping lists, provided by seniors who are unable to get to the store to do their own weekly, grocery shopping. After the checkout procedure if completed, the Rotarians deliver the items to the seniors and often spend a few minutes conversing with them. Joél Brazie, the Bath Rotary Club Project Care Chair, remarked, “This program not only satisfies the needs of the senior but also provides great satisfaction to the Rotarians whose motto is Service Above Self. We are most pleased that we are able to extend a helping hand to those in our community who are in need of this service.”
Project Care, sponsored by the Steuben County Office for the Aging and supported by the United Way of the Southern Tier, is a community action program which reaches out to seniors age 60 and over with solutions for grocery shopping, transportation for appointments, referrals for simple home repairs, occasional chores, safety checks, and other assistance, agreed upon by the senior and Project Care. The program's mission is to assist seniors in the greater Bath area to remain in their homes as long as possible through grassroot networks of local volunteers, neighbors helping neighbors, and screening and training of volunteers. Volunteers are found in area churches, schools, community service organizations, and the community-at-large.
The Bath Rotary Club, chartered in 1923, is part of Rotary International which is a service organization with over 34,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas throughout the world. It was the world's first volunteer service organization and is now more than 100 years old. The Project Care Shopping for the Elderly program supports one of the organization's primary purposes, i.e., a global network of volunteers who provide humanitarian service. The members experience the fulfillment that comes from giving back to the community. Community Service is one of the five Avenues of Service which represent Rotary's philosophical cornerstone and the foundation on which club activity is based.
The local club meets every Thursday at noon at the Bath Country Club.