“Thank you for the benches and improvements to the facility. Fortunately, the homeless shelter was available for me, as I am battling cancer and have no place to go. The shelter has been and is a Godsend for me. Again, thanks for your support and help.”
Rotarians don’t seek credit or recognition for their actions; Service Above Self is written into our DNA. However, when a testimonial like this is posted to a club’s Facebook page, it validates the club’s impact on the community, and confirms Rotary’s reason for existence – to make a difference in our communities and in our world.
Through its wide range of service projects, the Rotary Club of Killeen Heights (RCKH) routinely has a positive impact on the greater Killeen – Fort Hood, Texas community. Over the past 18 months alone, the Club has maintained literacy libraries at two elementary schools in Killeen Independent School District (KISD), provided funding and physical support to the Killeen Food Care Center, built numerous ADA-compliant wheelchair ramps, refurbished apartments at Cove House and AWARE Central Texas homeless and domestic violence shelters, supported a Special Olympics-style sporting event for local special-needs children, refurbished the KISD Community Clothing Closet, supported both a Cub Scout Pack and the local Girl Scouts of America Service Unit, initiated a Blue Santa program with Killeen Police Department, supported RYLA, and finally, provided multiple academic and vocational scholarships for KISD students.
In addition to these projects, RCKH conducted another project that had an immediate impact on the indigent population of Killeen – the purchase and installation of appliances and furniture for both the Friends in Crisis Homeless Shelter and Families in Crisis Domestic Violence Shelter. In response to requests from both shelters, the Club purchased and installed two industrial-grade washers and dryers, two stoves, and three sofas between the two shelters, and received, inventoried and stored 220 sets of new bedding. But this was not the end of their efforts.
Friends in Crisis is an overnight shelter, meaning that clients check in every evening and depart every morning. With this in mind, the shelter director made one final request – that the Club identify a solution to provide his clients with a comfortable place to sit as they wait to check into the facility. RCKH responded by ordering, purchasing, and installing five custom Rotary benches from Kaspar Manufacturing in Shiner, Texas (https://www.custombenches.com/). These heavy-duty benches are a long-lasting solution that that meets the needs of the shelter’s clients, and provides them with a better quality of life.

In Rotary Year 2017-2018 alone, the Rotary Club of Killeen Heights contributed over 1,800 service hours and returned nearly $40,000 to their community. This is a club that clearly epitomizes Service Above Self!