Clubs receive grants from Kiwanis Children’s Fund

Jennifer Morlan-Horner | Jan 20, 2020

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Kiwanis clubs around the world are making remarkable things happen for kids and communities. Thanks to your generosity, the Kiwanis Children's Fund awarded grants in January to these clubs — helping them make a difference in children’s lives. Learn more about the Club Grant program

Making learning fun
The Rocky Mount Kiwanis Club in North Carolina is celebrating its 100th anniversary by creating the Kiwanis Leadership Lab at its local Boys and Girls Club. A grant from the Kiwanis Children’s Fund will help the club turn a little-used tutoring room into a space where children ages 6 to 18 will be excited to learn. The lab will have new computers, desks, tables and ergonomic furniture designed to help children focus. Members of the club will tutor and mentor the children four days a week. 

Giving a park new life 
In Florida, the Kiwanis Club of Greater Pine Island has accepted the challenge of rebuilding a local playground that was on the verge of being demolished. The Children’s Fund grant will help the club create a multi-generational recreational area — with play space for children and fitness equipment for teens and adults. With a local civic association and a food co-op, the club will co-host several Community Days each year focusing on wellness issues such as first aid, exercise and healthy eating. 

Teaching kids about service 
The Kiwanis Club of Carmel, Indiana, received a grant from the Children’s Fund to hold its second Kids Serving Carmel Camp. This weeklong summer camp lets children and teens take part in service activities focused on a different theme each day, including mental health, food insecurity, caring for the elderly, and the environment. The grant will allow the club to take campers into the community rather than conducting service projects at the camp. Founded in 2017, the Carmel club works with the local school district and another service agency to find kids for the program.  

Focusing on kids with special needs
With a grant from the Kiwanis Children’s Fund, the Kiwanis Club of Kluang Mandarin in Malaysia is creating a library in its Education Center for children with physical and cognitive delays or disabilities. In addition to books and e-books, the library will have exercise equipment and instruments to help the kids develop gross- and fine-motor skills. The club expects the library to be popular because there is only one public library in Kluang, which has a population of 330,000.  

Partnering for play
Two Kiwanis clubs are partnering with the City of Storm Lake, Iowa, to build a playground in an area of town that lacked a safe, fun place for kids to play. With the help of a grant from the Children’s Fund, the HyNoon and Beaver Kiwanis clubs will buy playground equipment for a site the city recently purchased and developed. Along with the local Key Club and Aktion Club, the clubs will work together to maintain the park. They also plan to hold an annual health fair to showcase services available to kids and families. 

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