We Need Your Help - Please Donate to the Rotary Club of Menlo Park Foundation

The Rotary Club of Menlo Park, through its non-profit charitable Foundation, is  increasing its financial commitment to community organizations by at least 30% in 2020.  This is due to the compelling needs related to COVID-19.

Our Giving: Comes from returns on our investment portfolio, proceeds from our Tour de Menlo Scholarship Bike Ride, and generous donations from Rotarians and local businesses.  In 2019, we gave $150,000 in scholarships and $52,000 in community grants.

The organizations we are helping in 2020 for needs relating to COVID-19 include:

  • All Students Matter
  • Ecumenical Hunger
  • Life Moves
  • Ravenswood Education Foundation
  • StarVista
  • St. Anthony's Dining Hall and Grocery Program
  • Meals on Wheels

An example of the help we provide is St. Anthony’s Dining Hall in Menlo Park. The demand for meals and groceries has doubled in one month. St. Anthony’s picks up bulk food and delivers it to their kitchen, where meals are prepared and groceries given to those in need. We purchased and installed a refrigeration system in their transport truck. Now St. Anthony’s foodstuffs stay fresh in transit and spoilage is eliminated.

We hope that you would be willing to make a tax-deductible donation to our charitable Foundation. Your donations go directly to local community non-profits - who are struggling with increased demand as a result of COVID-19. If, instead, you want your donation to go for college scholarships, please so designate.

Thank you for your help serving the critical needs of our local community.
 

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The Tour de Menlo is the major annual fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Menlo Park Foundation.  Click here to go to the Tour de Menlo website.
 
The Tour de Menlo offers three Peninsula routes for cyclists of all abilities, along with good weather, great food, and plenty of SAG support for those who need it.
 
Riders have their choice of 65-, 46- and 35-mile routes, all well-marked and beginning at Menlo-Atherton High School. After taking different routes from the start, all riders eventually will head south on Stevens Canyon Road to the final rest stop at Madrone Park. Riders can rest and enjoy refreshments before heading back to Menlo Atherton High School for a relaxing lunch in the courtyard. 

The ride is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Menlo Park Foundation and the Almanac. All proceeds are used to support need-based Rotary scholarships, numerous other Rotary Foundation projects and the Almanac's Holiday Fund, which contributes more than $150,000 a year to 10 local nonprofits. Second Harvest Food Bank, Life Moves (formerly Innvision-Shelter Network) and St. Anthony's Dining Room are among the beneficiaries of the Holiday Fund.

The 65-mile route is by far the most popular, taking riders up to Belmont and the first rest stop on Polhemus Road. Then, after climbing up to the bike bridge, riders head south to Cañada Road in Woodside and then to the second rest stop at the Portola Road firehouse near Alpine Road. 

Riders on the 46-mile route also stop at the firehouse and then both routes circle around to Page Mill Road, with the longer route climbing up to Altamont Road and the others over to Arastradero Road and Los Altos. All riders meet south of Los Altos as they roll out Stevens Creek Road to the final rest stop at Madrone Park, before heading back to Menlo-Atherton via Foothill Expressway. After riders on the 35-mile route turn south on the Alameda de las Pulgas and Santa Cruz Avenue, they ultimately use Foothill Boulevard and then Stevens Creek Road to reach the Madrone Park rest stop, where the route makes a 180-degree turn to return to Menlo-Atherton High School for lunch. The 35-mile route is virtually flat, but gives riders a good workout. There is also a water stop on Foothill Boulevard at the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce office.  An additional water stop is on southbound Foothill Boulevard at the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce office.