Rotary Club of Uptown Dallas Causes
We are neighbors, friends, and community leaders who come together to create positive, lasting change in the Dallas community and around the world. Rotary Club of Dallas Uptown works to address our local communities' toughest challenges
 
We also join efforts with Rotary Clubs around the world providing support  in six areas: promoting peace, preventing diseases, providing access to clean water and sanitation, enhancing maternal and child health, improving basic education and literacy, and helping communities develop. We are especially dedicated to ending polio in our lifetimes. Rotary members have persevered in this fight since 1979 and have now helped eradicate polio in all but three countries worldwide. 
 
While the organizations and causes we support vary from year to year, here are those that we have supported over the past three years,
 
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  • BonTon Farms
  • Camp RYLA
  • Challenge Air
  • Dallas Fire Department Station #1
  • Dictionaries for 3rd Graders
  • Hope Cottage
  • Hurricane Relief for Houston and The Bahamas
  • North Texas Food Bank
  • Rotary International Annual Fund
  • Rotary International Polio Plus Fund
  • Trinity HOPE Haitian School Lunch Program
Below is more detail on several of these important causes.
 
Dictionary Project
Rotary Club of Dallas Uptown, with the help of District 5810 matching grant funds, purchases and distributes over 1700 dictionaries to Uptown Dallas area third grade classes.  We deliver the dictionaries and present them to each school and their students.  The goal of this program is to assist all students in becoming good writers, active readers, creative thinkers, and resourceful learners by providing them with their own personal dictionary. The dictionaries are a gift to each student to use at school and at home for years to come. Educators see third grade as the dividing line between learning to read and reading to learn.
 


 
 
Camp RYLA
​During non-pandemic years, Rotary Club of Dallas Uptown interviews and funds two students to attend Camp RYLA. Our club provides two scholarships each year, one inspired by and funded by club member, Alicia Slay, the A. Slay Annual RYLA Scholarship, and the other by the members of Uptown.  The clubs of District 5810 provide scholarships for over 180 high school juniors to participate in the six-day leadership camp. At the end, the most common review by campers proclaimed it a “life changing“ experience. Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a leadership program coordinated by Rotary Clubs across the globe. ​
 
 
 
Hope Cottage
Rotary Club of Dallas Uptown supports Hope Cottage through our Hope in a Bottle fundraiser.  The fundraiser is a silent and live auction event at a local wine venue. Hope Cottage in a non-profit providing adoption and pregnancy support services in North Texas.