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Community Service Projects and Charitable Giving


Some, but by no means all, of our Community Service activities over the years include:

  • Rich Township Food Pantry.  Club provides financial support to help fund the continuing needs of the hungry in our communities.


  • Thanksgiving Baskets.  Purchase and delivery by the Club of Thanksgiving dinner for needy families in our communities.  We have delivered 12 to 25 meals each year we have participated in this project. Meals are delivered the Tuesday before Thanksgiving as our program that week. 


  • Holiday gifts.  Club members purchase and deliver gifts to help make the Christmas Holidays brighter for disadvantaged children in our communities.


  • Adopt-A-Highway. You may have seen members of our club out picking up litter either along Lincoln Highway or The Old Plank Road Trail in Matteson.


  • Family Health Society Clinic in Chicago Heights, IL.  A collaborative project sponsored by the Rotarians of Chicago Heights, Homewood and Matteson, St. James Hospital and Health Centers, and the Cook County Department of Public Health.  The clinic opened its doors on May 31, 1996 and continues today.  Volunteers provide the health care services and other services, such as nutrition education, violence prevention education, parenting education, and supervised group encounters to help people recognize illness.  It was a winner of the 1997 Governor’s Home Town Award.


  • Old Plank Road Trail Gazebo rest stop was funded and built and then donated to the Village of Matteson.


  • Matteson Metra Station Shelter was funded and built and then donated to the Village of Matteson.


  • Club members participated in Stand Down Day to provide coats and medical help for homeless veterans. The stated goals of a Chicago Standdown are to provide a respite from the rigors of life on the street, help veterans obtain housing and establish a source of income, and stabilize medical conditions.  However, just as important as these, is the opportunity to acknowledge the contribution veterans have made for all of us.


  • We provided financial support to South Suburban PADS, Public Action to Deliver Shelter. South Suburban PADS began in 1990 as a response to the growing numbers of individuals and families becoming homeless in the “southland” region (Chicago’s south suburbs). Since it’s opening nearly 24 years ago, SSPADS has served 14,229 men, women and children; and 422,780 shelter nights have been provided.  In addition to emergency shelter SSPADS now manages 136 permanent supportive housing units, of which 77 are located in PADS’ owned Country Club Hills Wellness Center, an on-site health care program, employment services, intensive case management and food program.



  • The Cancer Support Center:  Club provided financial support of Its Relay for Life. The Cancer Support Center mission is to give strength, guidance and support to anyone living with a cancer diagnosis, as well as to their loved ones.


  • Our Club provided restoration support for the Matteson Historical Society railroad caboose. The Matteson Historical Society (MHS) brings together those people interested in history and especially in the history of the Village of Matteson. The Society discovers and collects any material which may help to establish or illustrate the history of the Matteson area. It also provides for the preservation and dissemination of this information. To do so, it offers educational services and provides partial support for the operation of an historical museum by the Village of Matteson.


  • Health Fair: Matteson Rotary provides financial and volunteer support to the Rotary Club of Homewood in conjunction with Ingalls Health System who have partnered in providing free and low cost medical screenings to the public for the past 30 years.  The screenings offered include free total cholesterol blood test, free 12-lead EKG, free cancer screenings for skin, colon and breast health, free screenings for osteoporosis, arthritis & joint pain, back & neck pain, free allergy tests, vision exams & hearing screenings. Other blood tests are provided for as low as $10.


*Some of these projects have been completed while others are ongoing