Charitable Projects Lane

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Charitable Projects Lane

The Charitable Projects Lane, known as the Community Service Lane in Rotary, is one of the four key lanes of service in Rotary. Rotary International is renowned for not only its global services, but for working at the community level. The Rotary Club of Lexington Park honors that tradition. The Charitable Projects Lane Director is responsible for community projects and charitable efforts aimed at increasing the quality of life for others.The Charity Director has committees that serve to support charitable funds disbursement, Rotary Club Lexington Park lead service projects, and others needed to carry out funded charity efforts.

Julie Randall, Lane Director


Case study of a successful startup spawned by the Lexington Park Rotary Club in 2018, Feed St. Mary’s Food Bank is now an independent self-sustaining 501(c)3 Charity in its own right.

Dr. Linda Lymas, Chair


Lexington Park Rotarians pose at the Rotary home selected for Christmas in April in 2018.

Christmas in April: Engaging in Restoration – Each year, the local arm of the national Christmas in April organization (Now known as Rebuilding Together) selects a number of deserving homes in the immediate community. These homes exhibit great need for major repairs that still fall within the abilities of local civic minded community groups to affect. The Rotary Club of Lexington Park regularly participates in this event. the 2020 event was scheduled for April 25, 2020, but was done slowly due to COVID-19.

Paula Coxon, Chair


Books for International Goodwill: Engaging in Literacy – The St. Mary’s County Library holds an annual book sale to reduce the size of its holdings and raise money. At the end of the sale, Rotarians, among many volunteers, help package the remaining books into large boxes called gaylords for transfer to the Annapolis Rotary Club, which subsequently arranges for distribution of these books Internationally to help promote literacy. The book fair would have ended in late March, 2021, but COVID-19 curtailed direct sales.

Bob Parkinson, Chair


 Engaging on behalf of the Disengaged

The mission of the Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. The Rotary Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the foundation who share its vision for a better world. Likewise, the Rotary Club of Lexington Park operates through a club foundation with similar aims within our community.

The Rotary Club of Lexington Park is comprised of volunteers who work locally to fight hunger, improve living conditions, improve the quality of life of community citizens, provide education opportunities, promote peace, and support the Rotary International efforts in eradicating polio all under the motto, “Service Above Self”.

This club supports the community by providing charity funding for organizations needing assistance in three specific areas: Homelessness and Housing Insecurity, Nutrition Insecurity, and Mental Health for St. Mary’s Youth. Our charity program involves two levels of donations.

  • If your organization’s mission and need are within the realm of at least one of these three areas and your request is $2,000 or less, we invite you to complete the linked RCLP Donation/Support Application Form as a Word Document and submit it electronically to (RCLP Donation/Support Application Form as an adobe .pdf file).

  • If your organization’s mission and need are within the realm of at least one of these three areas and your request is greater than $2,000, we invite you to complete the linked RCLP Grant Application Form as a Word Document and submit it electronically to (RCLP Grant Application Form as an A.dobe .pdf file).

Please ensure all parts of the applications are complete. Your organization will be notified of a decision within 30 days of receipt of the request.

If your organization is interested in being considered for our charitable giving program, please review our DONATION INFORMATION page which ncludes further detail on our new Grant Program.

Barbara Ives, Chair

Interfaith Health Alliance – Youth Mentoring, an ongoing partnership

With deaths from opioid overdoses escalating rapidly, St. Mary’s County is expanding its focus on drug use prevention and addressing the risk factors for youth and adult drug use. The Youth Mentoring Program reflects a partnership of the St. Mary’s County Health Department, St. Mary’s Interfaith Council, Lexington Park Rotary Club, and other local partners to address youth drug prevention. The initiative is part of the emerging Interfaith Health Alliance local partnership. It was undertaken in 2018 as a focused partnership.

Evidence-based curriculum, such as the Botvin LifeSkills curriculum, has been demonstrated nationally to be effective in decreasing youth drug initiation rates, as well as improving overall youth social-emotional learning and coping skills. In partnership with the Interfaith Council and Lexington Park Rotary Club, the St. Mary’s County Health Department will purchase the evidence-based curriculum and work with local faith-based organizations to support them in delivering that curriculum with youth in their congregations. Training on how to effectively deliver the curriculum and be mentors will be organized by the health department for the adult volunteers from the participating faith-based organizations. Faith-based groups could either integrate the curriculum into their existing youth mentoring programs or use it as a way to launch new youth mentoring efforts. This project will support faith-based organizations in becoming a trusted advocate for youth in their congregations, Rotary’s work to address the opioid epidemic, and overall public health by decreasing youth drug use and improving youth mental health. Primary objectives are to increase youth mentoring programs available to local youth, decrease youth drug use initiation and use rates, and increase youth mental health and well-being.

Dr. Ben Latigo – Chair


The Leadership Southern Maryland Team

Leadership Southern Maryland Study Team: Engaging in Data Driven Decisions – Understanding the Gaps in Service – During the 2016-2017 Rotary Year, Lexington Park Rotary Club President Elect, Dr. Linda Lymas, and a small committee worked with Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) to establish a small study team. This team, self selected from LSM participants, studied gaps in services within the region. President Lymas hopes to use the excellent report produced by this team to better establish service goals in Rotary Year 2017-2018.

Dr. Linda Lymas – Chair


Camp Maria WheelChair Ramps: Engaging for those with Disabilities – Camp Maria is a local riverside recreational park that supports individuals with disabilities. The buildings at Camp Maria were in great need of refurbished wheel chair ramps. Matching a District 7620 grant, the Rotary Clubs of Lexington Park and Mechanicsville obtained the necessary materials to rebuild all the wheelchair ramps in April 2017. The Clubs provided all the labor to demolish the old ramps and build replacement ramps. The Rotary Club of Lexington Park sponsored Interact Club at St\. Mary’s Ryken High School also planted some 60 new trees throughout the installation.

Bob Parkinson – Chair