OUR CLUB SUPPORTS THE FOLLOWING LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS:
AMERICAN RED CROSS
The Red Cross provides shelter, food and emotional support to victims of local disasters on the Olympic Peninsula. They teach lifesaving skills, and support military members and families. They also provide international humanitarian aid.
BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS
Schools Out, We're In! The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula nurtures young people's self-esteem by instillilng a sense of Belonging, Usefulness, Influence and Competence. The Club has locations in both Sequim and Port Angeles, and is open after school during the school year and during the summer months providing child care, enrichment, activities, and leadership programs.
BUGs (Bringing Up Grades)
This Kiwanis program was implemented at Franklin Elementary School during the 2011-2012 academic year. All of the students (grades 1-6) had the opportunity to establish goals, accomplish their goals, and were recognized for accomplishment of their goals. For some students, this was the first time they had set goals for themselves.
CAMP BEAUSITE NORTHWEST
This Kiwanis camp, located in Chimacum, provides summer camp experiences for children and adults age 6 to 70 with medical and developmental disabilities. Arts & crafts, games, music & drama, horseback riding and fishing are enjoyed by the campers, while giving caregivers a much needed break. Over the summer approximately 75-100 individuals, divided by age into four 5-day sessions, attend the camp.
Located at Erickson Park on S. Race Street, across from Civic Field, the Dream Playground is a popular destination for families with children 0-12. The Dream Playground Foundation was set up when the playground was constructed in 2002 by over 1500 volunteers from the community. The Foundation also oversees annual maintenance, raising money from the community and organizing volunteer labor. A free Family Fun Day is held each year, typically in early September.
THE ELIMINATE PROJECT
This is a joint project between Kiwanis International and UNICEF with the mission to eliminate worldwide maternal/neonatal tetanus. This disease kills approximately 60,000 babies and a significant number of mothers each year, and can be prevented by immunization. Current focus is on Africa and southern and eastern Asia.
The First Step Family Suppport Center’s mission is to promote the healthy development of children and families, laying the foundation to ensure that children enjoy happy, well-adjusted, stable childhoods and vibrant futures. In 2011, First Step served over 1800 families and 3240 children.
Key Club is a student-led organization within Kiwanis International which provides its members with opportunities to provide service, build character and develop leadership. There are typically around 25 students in the local Key Club, which meets at Port Angeles High School once weekly throughout the school year. The Kiwanis Club of Port Angeles is the sponsoring organization for this club.
During Kiwanis KidsFest, held in the spring of each year, the Vern Burton Community Center in Port Angeles transforms into a beehive of activity for children. There are information booths and free play activities and balloons. This is an engaging venue for both children and parents, with more than 500 children participating in the event. The Kiwanis Club of Port Angeles is the primary sponsor, and the event is organized by Parent Line.
Members of our club are involved in mentoring activities with students at the
Boys & Girls Club and several grade schools.
NORTH OLYMPIC BASEBALL & SOFTBALL
Recognizing the need for personal fitness and team building for young women, we have sponsored a Girls 16U Softball Team for many years.
The mission of the annual "Back-to-School" event is to help children of families with low income get school supplies. Families with children in elementary school are primarily helped, but kids from middle school and high school also get supplies. Approximately 750 kids get many of the supplies they need to be ready to start school. Parent Line is a program of Lutheran Community Services Northwest.
Kiwanis volunteers take a turn serving lunch to those in need in the community on the 4th Tuesday of each month from 11:30-1:00 at Second & Peabody Streets.
A primary service that our club provides is in the form of college scholarships to graduating seniors of Port Angeles High School. In 2015, The Kiwanis Club of Port Angeles awarded 5 scholarships, and the Kiwanis Foundation of Port Angeles awarded 6 scholarships. Each scholarship was in the amount of $1,500.
The mission of VIMO (Volunteers in Medicine of the Olympics) is to improve the quality of life for people on the Olympic Peninsula by providing for the health and wellness needs for medically underserved people. Primary medical and mental health care and emergency dental care for adults is provided. Children benefit when their parents are healthy. 25% of all the visits to the clinic are by people who have at least one child living with them (628 in 2011).
The Olympic Peninsula YMCA is located at 302 S. Francis Street. The Y offers programs for all ages, with emphasis on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Y promotes the values of caring, respect, responsibility and honesty. After school and summer childcare and camp programs support busy families and provide enrichment and leadership opportunities.