The stories behind the stats

May 05, 2011

Each year, Kiwanis clubs sponsor nearly 150,000 service projects, raise more than US$107 million and devote more than 68 million hours to service. Here—taken from club annual reports—are examples of actual projects that add up to those stats:
Kid with KiteAlabama: One week of every month, the Kiwanis Club of Auburn, Alabama's Disaster Action Team was on call to repond to community emergencies. When, for example, fire destroyed a mobile home, members found temporary housing for the four adult residents. Members spent hours in training, including learning CPR. "Our purpose is to take care of victims' immediate needs, such as shelter, clothing and food," says Auburn Kiwanian Mary Prather.

Austria: The Kiwanis Club of Linz-Kepler set up a booth at a local market and sold cookies and cookie dough. Proceeds were dedicated to helping build a house for refugee children in Tibet.

Colombia: The Kiwanis Club of Bogotá offered computer classes to teenagers, explaining technical and practical uses for Microsoft Office programs.

Malaysia: Each year, the Kiwanis Club of Johor Bahru invites residents of area senior citizens homes to a party celebrating the Chinese New Year. The event includes entertainment, games, food ... even haircuts. the goal, according to event organizer Serena Quek, is to bring joy, fun and laughter to the senior citizen. Watch a video of the party 

Ontario: The Kiwanis Club of Forest, Ontario, held its annual Kite Fly (above photo) at a local school. For CAD$3, children get a free kit, hot dog and drink. "This year we had 89 kids register," reports Angela Baarda. "There were even families there before we set up. It was a beautiful day ... not too hot but windy."



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