The heart of our club is community service. Besides our scheduled annual and ongoing projects, we also often do one-time only projects when the need arises. To fund these projects we periodically do fundraising projects. In addition to community service. our club is about friendship and fellowship. To those ends we periodically host social events.
Community Service Projects
The operating funds of a Kiwanis club fall into two categories; administrative and service. No monies from fund-raising in which the public participates may be used for club administration, and the Standard Form for Club Bylaws further stipulates that such funds must be segregated from the administrative funds of the club.
The annual club dues are the primary source of income for the club's administrative account. Our club supplements the administrative account for unanticipated expenses incurred during the year with 50-50 drawings, Happy Dollars and Birthday serenades..
All community service fundraising for projects by our club are done through the Edison Kiwanis Foundation, a 501(c)3 entitiy set up in 2016 with funds recieved from the sale of Kiwanis Hall.
While community service is central to our club, networking and fellowship are also important components. In addition to our weekly meetings, we hold various activities throughout the year including Kiwanis family picnics and Holiday parties.
Service Project Descriptions
- Service Leadership Programs provide opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to serve, lead, grow and belong. Our club sponsors programs in elementary, middle and high schools:
- Meals On Wheels is a program where we deliver nutritious meals and a friendly, safety and security check to eligible homebound neighbors who cannot shop or cook for themselves.
- Reading Rocks is a program where our members read to Kindergarten pupils and then give each of them a copy of the book that was read.
- NBC2 Giving Tree -we help gather and distrbute over 4,000 gufts to senior citizens living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
Special thanks to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates for allowing the this promotional spot to be made on their grounds.
- Student Backpacks - each year we purchase backpacks and school supplies for homeless children about to go to school.
Methods of Raising Administrative Funds
- 50-50 Drawing
Whatever the total contributions may be from the members, the winner of the drawing and the club each receives 50 percent.
- Happy Dollars
Members voluntarily "pay" a dollar to announce things for which they are happ.
- Birthday Serenade
Members pay to be serenaded with Happy Birthday in whaever manner they choose (standing sittin, by members older than tthey, etc.