What can you do in one day?

 

Kiwanis club members around the world gather on the fourth Saturday in October — a day set aside for clubs to work together to better their communities. It’s also been a day when club members invite friends and family to join them in a project that can improve a community. 

This year, things are different. While Kiwanis One Day is still set for October 24, 2020, we know some clubs are not meeting due to the coronavirus pandemic. Some clubs are meeting online only. Still others are meeting in person and following social distancing guidelines. Some clubs have been able to work on service projects; some can’t begin to think about that. Some clubs have added members; others have lost members. 

If your club can plan and participate in a Kiwanis One Day event, make sure you follow local guidelines and restrictions. You can find additional information about gatherings, social distancing and other important health updates at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) websites.

If your club can hold a One Day event, please let us know what you’re doing. Involve other members of the Kiwanis family — Aktion Club, CKI, Key Club, K-Kids and/or Builders Club — if that’s allowed in your area. Kiwanis One Day is a perfect opportunity to team up with any Kiwanis family club to clean a park, paint a shelter or provide playground maintenance.  

And invite others to join you — it’s a great way to introduce Kiwanis to your family, friends and colleagues. When you show potential members a project that helps kids, you engage them in the Kiwanis mission. After One Day, invite your guests to a Zoom or in-person meeting. 

If your club can participate in a One Day activity, these resources can help:   

  • Toolkit. Got a game plan? Click here to get one, including project ideas.
  • Contests. The Legacy of Play Contest with Kiwanis partner Landscape Structures awards US$25,000 in playground equipment.

How will your club make a difference in your community on Kiwanis One Day? Let us know by taking this brief survey.

 

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Check out what some clubs are doing for Kiwanis One Day:

  • The Kiwanis Club of Arc-en-ciel and local young people will make visors to protect against COVID-19. The visors will be distributed to local families in the Eastern Canada and Caribbean District.
  • The Kiwanis Club of Temecula Valley, California, will work at the Ronald Reagan Sports Park in Temecula. The club maintains a small Kiwanis park inside the city greenspace with a bench, trees and roses and walkway.
  • The Kiwanis Club of Oakmont, in the California-Nevada-Hawaii District, will package food at a local food bank. They’ll work with Key Clubs from Montgomery and Maria Carrillo high schools.
  • The Kiwanis Club of Nakawa, Uganda, in East Africa will donate face masks, food, clothes and toys to a local home for children with cancer. Members will also visit the Uganda Child Cancer Foundation.
  • In the Indiana District, the Kiwanis Club of Carmel will help a local nonprofit prepare for its annual Coats for Kids drive.
  • The Kiwanis Seminole Breakfast Club in Florida will sponsor two projects – cleaning the Pinellas Trail and preparing for the installation of flags for the Field of Honor to honor past and present veterans.
  • The Kiwanis Club of Chester in New York will clean up the town. Due to COVID-19, Builders and Key Clubs will not participate this year.
  • In Georgia, the Kiwanis Club of Waycross will collect school supplies to donate to local school children.
  • The Kiwanis Club of Canlubang in the Philippine Luzon District will distribute relief goods to the families of victims of COVID-19 and visit a local school. Key Clubs from Our Lady of Mulawin Academy and Canlubang Christian School will assist. 
  • The Fort Scott Pioneers Kiwanis Club in Kansas will staff a socially distanced photo booth and corn hole toss to benefit the local cancer support group’s fall festival. 
  • The Kiwanis Club of Ellicott City in the Capital District will host a series of online service projects for members to complete together, at home, led by members in each of the Kiwanis family of clubs. Other Kiwanis Clubs and SLP clubs are invited to attend and participate.
  • In the Capital District, the Kiwanis Club of Washington, D.C., will sponsor and participate in the Out of Darkness Walk with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The club hopes to raise awareness about resources and support available to those who need help during this challenging time. One Key Club and two Circle K International clubs have been invited to participate.
  • The Kiwanis Club of Mendez Jewels in the Philippine Luzon District of Kiwanis will create an educational online program for students in sixth grade and will distribute food for children and their families in three areas along with face masks, shields and gloves. 

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