The Rotary Club of Hastings has been managing a helping-hands program for area residents since 2004. We provide toys, toiletries, books, art supplies and more to families in need. It's our honor and privilege to serve in this fun way.
Rotary Youth Leadership Academy is an opportunity for sophomores and juniors in high school to engage in an intense extended weekend to learn public speaking, project planning and execution, and community service. Past recipients always report back about an amazing experience that taught them confidence and direction as well as gave them nearly 100 new best friends. All of our RYLA grads have gone on to college!
Hastings Fresh Day is about supporting the economic and educational revitalization of the Hastings community, beginning with the Main Street business district, through education, empowerment, and providing the social services and tools for those who are committed to succeed.
Rotary Youth Exchange is one of Rotary's peacemaking missions through the sharing of cultures and the education of all nations through high school students. Students incoming and outbound from District 6970 are some of the best equipped students in the program. Hastings RC member Emily Fox supported her son Gabe in his RYE experience in Greenland during his junior year in high school. He's now an ambassador for understanding, service and Rotary.
In partnership with the Rotary Club of St. Augustine Beach, Hastings RC supports the Interact club at the local High School. Students will learn the character building Rotary guidelines known to us as The Four-Way Test. Through mentoring, Rotarians are responsible and privileged to be the examples of living all aspects of our lives with the highest integrity. Students can earn their community service hour credits while serving the community through Rotary projects.
We are the only service organization in this agricultural and rural region of St Johns County. We assist many small groups such as Friends of the Hastings Library, the Hastings Council on Aging Group, 4-H, Shepherd's Haven Food Pantry, and community events sponsored by those organizations and Hastings Team Up, a community-based group who work together to provide community gatherings.