By Jo Lynn Garing, Kiwanis International Public Relations Manager
Kiwanis clubs serve their communities throughout the year, but this week during the United State’s National Volunteer Week, clubs all over the world will come together by completing a service project on one day, Saturday, April 21. It’s called Kiwanis One Day, and it’s about getting together and making a difference.
From Massachusetts to Oregon, Panama to Australia, Belgium to Malaysia, Kiwanis clubs everywhere will be working to improve their communities.
Here’s a sampling of what’s planned this Saturday.
- Kiwanis members in Chantilly, Virginia, will cleanup Clemyjontri Park, which is fully-accessible to children of all abilities.
- Waterloo, Ontario, Kiwanis Club members are cleaning up a section of the Grand Valley Trail.
- Members in San Jose, California, are painting kid-friendly murals in nearly 50 pediatric exam rooms at a medical center.
- The Waupun Kiwanis Club in Wisconsin is working with its Key Club to collect supplies for an animal shelter.
- Kiwanis members in Jamaica will plant a vegetable garden at the Caribbean Christian Centre for the Deaf.
- The Jesuit High School Key Club is working with the Kiwanis Club of Tampa, Florida, to renovate and paint the home of a low-income family.
- Cedartown, Georgia, Kiwanis members are hosting a health fair for all fifth-graders in the county school system.
- Members in San Diego, California, will be working with the Ocean Discovery Institute to restore a canyon/watershed by removing invasive plants, planting native plants, trail building and adding interpretive art.
- Martin, Tennessee, Kiwanis members will work a food bank to prepare kid-friendly foods for children in need.
- Members in Brighton, Australia, will host a Teddy Bear Picnic for families to enjoy.
- Kiwanis club members in the Las Vegas, Nevada, area will partner with three Circle K clubs and nearly 30 Key Clubs to clean a shoreline, harbor and roadway at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.
- Clubs in the Philippines will work together to complete several service projects, as well as give community presentations on drug abuse and environmental protection.
If all Kiwanis and Kiwanis-family members contribute at least two hours of community service on April 21, Kiwanis will give the world more than 1 million hours of volunteer service in just one day: Kiwanis One Day!
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