Our Kiwanis club participates in a variety of projects throughout the year that involve fundraising, community service, and assisting children locally and worldwide. Additionally, we have speakers at our weekly meetings to explore topics of interest to the membership. We engage in a number of social activities to share experiences, talents and our collective interests. All represent great opportunities for service, friendships and personal growth.
Below are the projects and activities in which we are currently involved:
The Eliminate Project
With The Eliminate Project, Kiwanis International and UNICEF joined forces to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. This deadly disease steals the lives of nearly 49,000 innocent babies and a significant number of women each year. The effects of the disease are excruciating — tiny newborns suffer repeated, painful convulsions and extreme sensitivity to light and touch.
To eliminate MNT from the Earth, more than 100 million mothers and their future babies must be immunized. This requires vaccines, syringes, safe storage, transportation, thousands of skilled staff and more. It will take US$110 million — and the dedicated work of UNICEF and every member of the Kiwanis family.
Here at home, Randy Dumas coordinated the donation drive.
Thanks to all the members who donated and to George Sokolski who collected over $200.00 from the public.
Total Brockport Donation of $1,325.56 to date.
The Eliminate Project is still accepting donations
Read Around the World
All children need to understand the joy of reading.
The first step is reading to them.
The second is to give them books they can treasure and read again and again.
The Brockport Kiwanis Club and has long been dedicated to the International Kiwanis Read Around the World program. The program focuses on sharing the joy of books with young children—from reading with them to providing books they can have of their very own.
In 2015 our bookmark contest had 170 design entries from children in our community, they designed bookmarks based on the theme "Reading opens different worlds."
The contest celebration was held at the Seymour Library on Friday, April 3rd. Each participant received an age appropriate soft bound book. At the celebration three short books were read to the children by Kiwanis members. Bookmark contest winners in three age groups each received a hard bound book selected especially for them. They also received a packet of professionally printed copies of the bookmark they designed. The crowd of 206 people then adjourned to the Duryea Room for an ice cream social. The kids and families were guests of the Brockport Kiwanis Club.
2015 winning Bookmarks
Every child should experience the joy of reading. Kiwanis members believe this, so we encourage you to invite your child, grandchild, or great-grandchild to participate in the Read Around The World program in the Spring. Watch for information through your student's teachers in the Brockport Elementary Schools.
We'll see you at the library!
More than 21 million children qualify for free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program and the National School Breakfast Program. For many of these children, school meals may be the only meals they eat. What happens when they go home over the weekend?
For more than 15 years, the Feeding America BackPack Program has been helping children get the nutritious and easy-to-prepare food they need to get enough to eat on the weekends. Today, bags of food are assembled at more than 160 local food banks and then distributed to more than 450,000 children at the end of the week.
The Brockport Kiwanis Club supports the BackPack Program at the Brockport Ecumenical Food Shelf through the monies we raise in our local fundraisers.
For additional information, please contact Kathy Hayes, director of the Food Shelf at 637-8169.
Remember that if you know of anyone who needs help with food, please have them call The Ecumenical Food Shelf at 637-8169. Someone will either answer the call or, if they leave a message, the call will be returned, usually within an hour or two. We can help… and we do deliver to those who are handicapped or without transportation.
Go to the Foodshelf page here and click on the BackPack Program for more information or to make a donation.