Kiwanis is a global organization
of volunteers dedicated to
changing the world one child
and one community at a time.
Thorp and Linda Thomas channeled their inner child, and picked out toys accordingly. They tried to get an even mix of young ages, middle ages and older kids. A special "thank you" to Amy Hammershoy (shown here with Thorpe) for having the Toys for Tots boxes at the Edward Jones office, ready to fill.
Founded in 1913 and headquartered in Indionapolis, Indiana, USA, Kiwanis International is a thriving organization of service- and community -minded men and women who support children and young adults around the world. More than 13,000 clubs in more than 90 countries make their mark by responding to the needs of their communities and pooling their resources to address worldwide issues. Through these efforts, Kiwanis International truly is “Serving the Children of the World.”
A few of our projects include:
Kiwanis clubs view their role within their respective communities with a great deal of foresight. Key aspects to operating an effective club include:
Club meetings traditionally are held once every two weeks and offer an atmosphere of fun, learning, and fellowship.
In addition to attending the meetings, the typical Kiwanian volunteers to assist with club service and fund raising projects. Service projects often are linked to the Kiwanis program, “Young Children: Priority One.” This initiative places continuing focus on the needs of children in pediatric trauma, safety, child care, early development, infant health, nutrition, and parenting skills.
Service projects also can address other needs within the community, such as working to stop substance abuse, helping the elderly, promoting literacy, supporting youth sports, responding to disasters, and supporting specific persons in need.
In our community we are unified in our belief that children and their communities benefit from efforts of a proficient group of caring and involved volunteers. Does this describe you?