Signature Projects

Congo Water Project

When a village moves up a mountain from rising lake conditions, women and children spend hours a day going back to the lake to carry water up the mountain. We joined a water project to put a well in the village—a small effort that allowed time for education, productive family work and interaction, and agriculture.


We are partnered with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to provide medicare and aid to those in need.
Worldwide we have donated over 1 Billion dollars to providing education, immunizations, and healthcare to wipe out this deadly disease. 
PolioPlus is a far reaching organization, dedicated to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Rotary is a leader in the private sector, seeking to rid the world of Polio. This crippling disease has plagued humanity for over 30 years. PolioPlus is setting a standard worldwide as the strongest model of public-private cooperation as we pursue a humanitarian goal.

Ecuadorian Education Project 

With a Rotary Matching grant and added donations from club members, our club in association with the Rotary Club of Riobamba, provided scholarships for rural students to attend school. The emphasis was on girls’ education.

Terrace View Long Term Care at Erie County Medical Center Holiday Party

Members of Amherst Sponsored Early Act present the Christmas Story to 70+ residents at the annual holiday party. (2019)
Each December our club brings hosts holiday party and brings good cheer to the long-term care facility at ECMC with a visit from a different Santa. Last time (2019) it was Elvis Santa who entertained, passed out multiple gifts and led us in song. The best part of the evening is sitting down with residents for a good chat.

Two days of Halloween at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village (picture from 2019)

Over 3000 parents and children are hosted at the Rotary Pavilion as part of the annual Halloween tour at the historic village.

Amherst Youth Board Warm Clothing Project

We sponsor a warm clothing project for hats, gloves, boots, sweatshirts, socks and pants coordinated by the Amherst Youth Board. Last year we clothed over 40 youth and even included a book and/or toy. 

Holiday Meals for Local Food Pantries—Town Square in Amherst and Rich Street in Buffalo

A long-time tradition, the Amherst Rotary Club donated has donated over 1000 turkeys and hams to the Town Square Food Pantry in Amherst and Rich Street pantry in Buffalo to help put together 125 full Thanksgiving meals for those experiencing food insecurity each year. In a team effort by Catholic Charities, Amherst Rotary, Temple Beth Zion, the U.B. Newman Center, Temple Beth Tzedek, and Wegmans, the pantries distributed family- sized Thanksgiving and holiday dinners.