People complain everyday about the problems in this world. One of my complaints is about people who complain! I have a high respect for those who take actions to try to solve these problems. One major group which has to solve problems this is internationally recognized is Rotary International.
Another group with similar goals is The Ruritan Foundation. Both of these groups have a website used by people all over the world to communicate information about their organization and how people can get involved. Ruritan focuses on the loval community and serving on a much smaller scale than Rotary. For Rotary, an overall emphasis is made on international service needs and diversity among people, as well as advancing global awareness about issues. There are more ignorant people out there than you may think.
According to the main website, www.rotary.org., "Rotary International is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ehtical standards in all vocations, and help huild good will and peace in the world." Rotarians devote their lives so much to humanity that its motto is "Service before Self,"by service and helping others and ultimately, in a utopian world, accomplishing peace, in daily personal lives as well as while working on Rotary-specific projects (About Rotary).
You may be asking what types of concerns this association cares about. According to the "About Rotary" section of the website, they address many of today's most critical issues, such as children at risk, poverty and hunger, the environment, illiteracu, and violence, to name a few. Getting involved in a particular area of concern would not be a setback.
This not-for-profit organization uses programs to follow through with its goals. The Foundation cannot possibly resolve all of the world's troubles, though it would like to. Knowing this, it essentially chose one major issue that all the clubs can work on together and has a plan to follow through until its goal is met by putting most of its energy into it. This one extensive goal is to "globally eradicate the disease, polio"
(About Rotary), appropriately titled PolioPlus.
Each Rotary Club handles programs individually, but PolioPlus is a joint effort. With inquiry about the PolioPlus program on the webstie, I learned that though Rotary initiated this goal, other health organizations have actively supported it in collaboration, such as The United Nations Children's Fund and the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
They began this effort in the 1980s raising over US$240 million. By 2005, Rotary hopes to have made this world polio-free (PolioPlus). A page on the website was created to recognize the reliable persons who have encouraged this program such as Bill Clinton, former US president, Bill Gates, from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (Quotables), and...