Past club grant recipients

Kiwanis Club of Faribault: Supplying Confidence

rsz_foundation_faribault_mn__caroline_yang_photography_aug_2016_6Food or school supplies? Many low-income families face that decision every year. The Kiwanis Club of Faribault, Minnesota, makes sure parents in their community aren’t forced to choose. In a town where 25 percent of public-school students need assistance, your gift makes a big impact.

The Faribault club’s Supply Our Children program helps children arrive on the first day of school carrying a backpack filled with the required school supplies. And thanks to Kiwanians’ leadership, various community partners have worked together since 2005 to coordinate collection and distribution of school supplies. The school system’s social workers even help ensure the program reaches all children in need.

“We help them arrive on the first day with pride and confidence. That’s an indescribably positive way for children to begin a new year," says Kristin Hoysler, club board member.

Today, backpack-filling is a community event in Faribault. And more kids get backpacks—because gifts like yours helped the Kiwanis Children’s Fund provide a grant to Faribault Kiwanians.

Kiwanis Club of Timisoara: Building a sense of exploration

DSC_0704 When you’re a kid with autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, the nervous system struggles to receive and filter sensory information. Experiences that other people find normal can be intense or disorienting. That makes learning and day-to-day life challenging.

In Timisoara, Romania, more than 200 children with ASD now have access to a “sensory room” and sensory integration therapy from specialists. The Timisoara Kiwanis Club made it happen. Teaming up with a local nonprofit social-service provider, they got the room up and running. And it operates without cost to families—thanks in part to a grant from the Kiwanis Children’s Fund.

“The Children’s Fund helped make better lives for more than 200 children—and built the foundation for a service that will last for years to come,” said Past Club President Daniel Kostyal.

The result: Kids with ASD have a place to relax, learn and explore. Ultimately, it’s more than just a space. It’s a standing example of the many ways kids lives are improved when we partner with clubs. 

Kiwanis Club of Providence-Montego Bay: Renovating school spirit

Jamaica-1550Education is a school’s highest priority. But the quality of an education depends on its environment. In Montego Bay, Jamaica, a grant to the Kiwanis Club of Providence-Montego Bay has helped refurbish Retirement Basic School—and revitalized its students and faculty.

A lunch room and a sick bay were created, with tiling and paint for each. The school’s bathroom was refurbished, not only with tiling and paint but with new toilets and wash basins—and enclosures that separate boys’ and girls’ facilities.

All together, the project has improved convenience and health conditions for the school’s 78 students, ages three to five. “The tears of joy are a testament that we have accomplished our objective. The children even sang us a song of thanks,” shared Janice McGrowther, member of the Kiwanis club.

For the Providence-Montego Bay Kiwanis club, it’s the culmination of years of work and support. For us, it’s a standing symbol of what we can accomplish together. 

Kiwanis Club of Ticonderoga: Filling backpacks and bellies

BJS-20161027-135534-72104In Ticonderoga, New York, more than one quarter of the area’s households live at or below the federal poverty level. Some children there don’t even know what “dinner” is. On weekends, many of them simply don’t eat.

For those kids, the Kiwanis Club of Ticonderoga's Ticonderoga Area BackPack Program means the difference between hunger and health. Every week during the school year, Kiwanians receive deliveries of nutritious food. Then they organize storage, fill the backpacks and discreetly deliver them to the children.

“The difference in health and behavior between a nourished child and a hungry child is profound. We’re helping them avoid the devastating impact of poverty and hunger,” shared John Bartlett, club past president and program coordinator.

In the 2015-16 Kiwanis year, a grant from the Kiwanis Children’s Fund helped the club get more food to more kids. In a community with so much need, that’s a big deal. And it’s a measure of our donors’ impact: increases in the health, development and improved school performance that come from nutritious eating.