South Delta Rotary clubs contribute over $300,000 in volunteer time

South Delta Rotarians are part of a worldwide volunteer effort that’s worth $1 billion a year.

From sponsoring water parks for children and their families, running a bathtub race, cleaning up a street, running a soap box derby, shipping medical equipment to communities in other countries or supplying clean water in developing countries, the Rotary clubs in Ladner and Tsawwassen generated an estimated total of 13,728 volunteer hours of service among their 130 members in the past year.

article continues below

According to calculations in a special Value of Rotary Volunteering report by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Civil Society Studies, the monetary value of that time devoted to local, regional and international projects is $308,880 since July 1, 2018.

The report prepared for Rotary International estimates the value of the approximately 47 million hours of volunteer time contributed by its 1.2 million members is $850 million US a year or $1.06 billion Cdn.


Tsawwassen Rotary holds an annual Bathtub Race in Boundary Bay. - submitted photo


According to the report, Rotary members volunteered a total of 5.8 million hours within a four-week survey period. Extrapolating those results over an entire year, the report gave a conservative estimate of nearly 47 million hours of volunteer effort generated by Rotary members in a typical year.

The report then analyzed the economic impact of all those hours and estimated the value conservatively at $850 million a year, if communities had to pay for the services that Rotary volunteers provide.

With the help of Johns Hopkins University, Rotary is the first global service organization to conduct an empirical analysis of its volunteers’ impact using an internationally sanctioned definition of volunteer work. The authors of the report noted in their conclusion that at each stop, the analysis had chosen the most conservative estimates.

“This makes the results reported here all the more remarkable,” the authors noted. “Translated into economic terms, Rotary is annually generating a scale of social and economic problem-solving effort that is worth nearly nine times more than it costs the organization to produce.”

Rotary general secretary John Hewko said the figure doesn't even include the in-kind contributions and the money that Rotary clubs and the Rotary Foundation raise every year.

In addition, the figure doesn’t include the volunteer work of the many relatives and friends of Rotary that members often involve in a project, or that of members of Rotaract, Interact or the Community Corps that would easily double the estimate of Rotary’s economic impact.

Read Related Topics

© Delta Optimist


NOTE: To post a comment you must have an account with at least one of the following services: Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ You may then login using your account credentials for that service. If you do not already have an account you may register a new profile with Disqus by first clicking the "Post as" button and then the link: "Don't have one? Register a new profile".

The Delta Optimist welcomes your opinions and comments. We do not allow personal attacks, offensive language or unsubstantiated allegations. We reserve the right to edit comments for length, style, legality and taste and reproduce them in print, electronic or otherwise. For further information, please contact the editor or publisher, or see our Terms and Conditions.

comments powered by Disqus

    Subscription Club: $5/month or $50/year - Receive monthly deals from local merchants.

Opinion POLL

How much of an impact have the TransLink bus disruptions had on you?

or  view results