Reading Is Fundamental (RIF)
The Optimist Club of Gettysburg donates over seven thousand dollars to five area schools. RIF is the largest children’s literacy nonprofit in the United States. We prepare and motivate children to read by delivering free books and literacy resources to those children and families who need them most. We inspire children to be lifelong readers through the power of choice. RIF provides new, free books for children to choose from and make their own. The seeds of inspiration in these books have motivated children to follow their dreams and achieve their potential.
Optimist Youth Basketball
The Optimist Club of Gettysburg operates the free youth basketball program open to boys and girls in grades K-6 serving more than 150 students annually. The area program emphasizes participation and fundamentals of basketball. The Optimist Basketball program runs 8 weeks from January - March. Sessions are held on Saturday mornings at the Gettysburg Middle School from 9 AM - 1 PM. The Optimist Club members select the coaches, arrange for local logistics, and supply tee shirts free of charge.
Meals and More
Members donate their time and energy to several fundraising projects throughout the year to provide services to local youth. The Optimist Oyster Feed, Youth Soccer Parking, Optimist, Links of Gettysburg Golf Tournament and The Optimist Christmas Magic Show are held annually. More than $30,000 is earned to support local youth programs.