Where does the money go?

All proceeds benefit these charitable organizations.

Participating charities are nominated by local Rotary Clubs. The Chili Pepper Challenge will match your donation two-to-one when you designate a charity!

Charitable Organizations


Fremont Symphony

The Fremont Symphony is on a mission: to inspire beauty and joy through great music. In early 2018, the orchestra faced a choice, to go big or go home. Since that day they have been laser-focused on one goal; to transform the Fremont Symphony into the region’s most exciting, most engaging, most thrilling orchestra!  To achieve this goal, the Fremont Symphony engaged two people, Executive Director, Paul Iannaccone and Artistic Advisor & Conductor Jung-Ho Pak. And the Tri-Cities are responding! In Jung-Ho’s inaugural season the Fremont Symphony has tripled average attendance and sold out its final concert, Symphonic Sinatra. And 2019-2020 is set to break even those records beginning in October 2019 with Broadway Rocks! Staring American Idol Season 6 finalist, LaKisha Jones followed by Holiday Pops in December.  March 2020 brings Beethoven’s Fifth EXPLODED! featuring one of the most gifted talents of his generation, Charlie Albright and ending with the talents A Tribute to the Beatles in June staring original cast members of the Broadway sensation Beatlemania.
Niles Rotary Club

Viola Blythe Community Services

The Viola Blythe Community Service Center of Newark is a nonprofit, nonsectarian corporation organized to promote, support and advocate social and human services to any person who is in immediate need. This mission is accomplished by a variety of programs, including emergency food and clothing distribution, referrals to other agencies, special programs that address current community needs and holiday programs at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Viola Blythe helped homeless, helpless and hungry men, women and children in Fremont, Newark and Union City for over fifty years. The City of Newark provides Viola with a facility for warehousing and distribution of food and clothing. Viola has received tremendous recognition for her selfless service to the community, including Channel 4 “For Those Who Care” Award, J.C. Penney Golden Rule Award, Newark Volunteer of the Year Award, the Salvation Army “Others” Award, and the Junior Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Service Award. Viola Blythe served as an example to all of us that “Service to Humanity is the Best Work of Life!”
Newark Rotary Club

Niles Canyon Railway

The Pacific Locomotive Association, Inc., a 501(c)(3) operates the Niles Canyon Railway. A unique nonprofit heritage railroad museum that is 100% volunteer driven with over 30 years of success in operating a tourist railroad in Niles Canyon. Their goal is to give you a behind the scenes look at volunteer activities so you and others can become inspired to get involved in preserving train history. Last year over 40,000 volunteer hours were logged to operate and maintain vintage train equipment and work on restoration projects. Their mission is to develop and operate a working railroad museum for the benefit of the general public. The museum is designed to increase public education, enjoyment, and appreciation of the significance of America’s western railroads during the period of 1910 to 1960.
Mission San Jose Rotary Club


OneChild is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing disadvantaged children with new clothing, school and dental supplies and books. OneChild serves families throughout the Bay Area with two stores, one in Fremont and the other in Hayward. Their goal is to promote self-esteem in underprivileged children, so they may appreciate their individual worth.  All children deserve the basic necessities for success in school. OneChild outfits children from our community in a comfortable environment that allows the children to “shop” (free of charge) for their new clothes and supplies. Only one family at a time is scheduled to shop in the store for privacy.  A group of volunteers help the children pick out the clothes and there are fitting rooms to try on the clothing.  All of OneChild’s funding comes from donations by individuals, foundations and corporations.  Since inception in 2001, OneChild has served over 7,200 children. We hope that you too will be inspired to help children within the community. We are grateful for your interest and appreciate any contribution in support of OneChild. We know that OneChild cannot succeed without your support and others in the community.
The Rotary Club of Fremont

Daily Bowl

Daily Bowl’s mission is simple. Volunteers recover edible food that would otherwise go to waste and deliver it to local agencies to feed needy families. Hunger is a serious problem for many Bay Area residents, and access to fresh, nutritious food is limited. Daily Bowl visits grocery stores, farmer’s markets, restaurants, schools, and the like to pick up excess food at the end of the day. They then quickly deliver it to a network of food banks, social services agencies, soup kitchens, and churches where it is put to good use before the food spoils. Simple. Direct. Effective. Your donations keep the Daily Bowl vans running and provides additional food to feed the hungry – right here in the Tri-Cities.
F.U.N. Rotary Club

Fremont Rotaract Club

Founded in 2011, The Rotaract Club of Greater Fremont is a non-profit community service organization that serves the Greater Fremont Area. Rotaract stands for ‘Rotary in Action’ and we focus on shaping individuals aged 18-30 into leaders of their local communities and workplaces. We provide sustainable services for communities both locally and internationally by not only partnering with our parent organization, Rotary International, but also local non profits such as Boldly Me and Driver’s for Survivors. Our annual Astronomy Night is a club project where we engage with local elementary schools and use fun booths to inspire in students a love of science through astronomy.
Rotaract Club of Greater Fremont

Tri-City Rotary Clinic

Tri-City Rotary Clinic is a fund that provides help with medical services for people in need. Referral partnerships with Washington Hospital, Haller’s Pharmacy, and Sunrise Rotary Village identify opportunities to serve.
Fremont Morning Rotary Club

World Community Service Committee

Rotary Clubs in Fremont, Newark, and Union City work together to support community service projects around the globe. By pooling our clubs’ international project funds and raising funds together, we are able to make a greater impact around the world.  In the last two years alone, proceeds from the Hot Hot Chili Pepper Challenge have directly funded the remodeling of an orphanage in Guatemala, and education programs in Honduras and Kenya. General funds raised from the campaign will go towards supporting great projects like these around the world.
Area 3 Rotary Clubs

Union City Rotaract Club

The newly chartered Union City Rotaract Club is the bridge between our Interact and Rotary clubs. Rotaract clubs bring together people ages 18-30 to exchange ideas with leaders in the community, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun through service.  Serving primarily South Alameda County.
Union City Rotaract Club