ROTARY COMMUNITY CORPS
Rotary Community Corps are village-based adult groups sponsored by a Rotary club. Formerly known as Rotary Village Corps (RVCs), this program was introduced by Past R.I. President MAT Caparas as a pilot program in 1986. It became an official R.I. program in 1988. As of December 2003, there were 4,969 Rotary Community Corps in 69 countries.
Every year, Rotary clubs undertake many community development projects in communities where no Rotarians reside. Rotary Community Corps (RCCs for short) are small groups of residents in a specific community organized to help Rotary clubs undertake a more enduring project. An RCC must have at least 10 members coming from any sector of the beneficiary community – parents, teachers, medical workers, etc.
Through the RCC, a Rotary club may coordinate many of its projects. The RCC itself is also able to organize its own self-help projects. The type of projects depends on the specific needs of its community. It could be anything in the areas of – education, health care and nutrition, safe water and sanitation, vocational training, day care for preschool children, help for street children, community facilities, and livelihood projects.
RCCs must meet at least once a month. Its leadership group (officers) should meet not less than twice a month. RCC meetings should be attended by a member of the sponsoring Rotary club. RCCs should undertake at least two projects annually – one in community service and one in vocational service.
This year, a new RCC is now being organized for the Barangays in the community of Rosario. Currently being formed is the RCC Barangay Poblacion which will be open to all members of the Barangay Council and all residents of Barangay Poblacion. The primary purpose of this RCC is to identify the needs of the community in alleviating poverty and hunger.