As part of Rotarians at Work Day (RAW), a worldwide community service day held annually each year, fourteen Rotarians and friend of the Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary Club set off to revamp the look of the “Take Wing” apartment complex in Point Loma. Together the hard workers painted, weeded, built garden boxes, and planted flowers, ground cover, and vegetables to add new life to the transitional housing wing.

Take Wing offers transitional housing and support to foster children ages 18 to 24 who have either “aged out” of foster care, are homeless, or are at-risk of becoming homeless.

The Rotary Club looks forward to RAW day each year. As Charles Foster, Public Relations Committee Chair of the Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary Club stated, “The Rotary Club enjoys doing hands-on work to make a difference in peoples’ lives.” He continued, “Besides getting to see, up close and personal, the completion of something useful for those in need, it’s really awesome knowing that more than 2,000 Rotarians in San Diego are doing something for the good of our communities, all on the same day.” Charles explained that each Rotary Club picks its own RAW project, and collaboration is allowed as well. As Charles elaborated, “Last year the Del Mar-Solana

Beach Sunrise Rotary Club, joined with the Del Mar Rotary Club for a project to improve the coast to crest trail alongside the San Dieguito Lagoon.”

After leaving the apartment complex, Charles thought about how gracious the people were. “Thank you for making our home look so much nicer,” said the mothers. And, in that moment, RAW became more than a day of work for those Rotarians. It became a fond memory they will recall often and look forward to remembering next year when Rotarians all over the world will participate in another work day.