Here’s a sampling of some of our club’s signature projects. These are in addition to other service projects that come up as needs arise. We are open to planning any project that is important to our members and the community.
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Click here for a list of our current needs for ongoing drives.
Bring Up Grades (BUG)
Academic Incentive Program
Bring Up Grades recognizes students who raise their grades from one grading period to the next. Recognition includes being placed on the school’s “BUG Honor Roll” while we present certificates, toys, buttons and other giveaways. This program empowers students to persevere, teaches leadership skills through academics, and fosters self-esteem through incentives. Corporate sponsors make it possible for us to extend the reach and impact of this program, and will receive year-long outdoor advertising at the schools they help us sponsor. The BUG program began in the 2015-2016 school year in James H. Bright /J.W. Johnson Elementary and continue to more Hialeah schools in future academic years.
Sponsored Leadership Program
Key Club is an international student-led organization which provides its high school members with opportunities to do community service, build character and develop leadership. Key Club assists Kiwanis in carrying out its mission to serve the children of the world. Key Club members do acts of service in their communities, such as cleaning up parks, collecting clothing and organizing food drives. They also learn leadership skills by running meetings, planning projects and holding elected leadership positions at the club, district and international levels. Our club currently sponsors a Key Club in four local high schools – Youth Coop Preparatory School, Latin Builders Academy High School, City of Hialeah Educational Academy, and Mater Academy Charter High School – as well as a Builder’s Club at Mater Academy Charter Middle School, and a Circle K at Miami-Dade College Hialeah Campus.
Holiday Toy Drive
Annually, we will be partnering with local businesses to collect new, unwrapped toys for local needy families through school social workers as well as through the Hialeah Housing Authority. Our cocktail party provides a night of food, drinks, and fun to help collect toys and raise funds through donations, raffles, and auctions. This year, we hope to include a motorcycle run and a visit from Santa himself to our distribution event to bring an extra air of excitement to Christmas.
Continuous food drives and clothing collections are held to help the low-income families associated with our school partners. Our goal is to stock their pantry throughout the year so that families in need can get weekly donations of food in their child’s backpack. Combating hunger at home helps students focus while studying and completing homework, which eliminates one more obstacle to success for the average student in a struggling household. Along with any donations of clothing and shoes in any sizes, we will also be continuously collecting personal hygiene products including new underwear and socks to help families lower their grocery costs and keep our students happy and healthy.
Military Family Assistance
Every day across America, Operation Homefront’s dedicated employees, passionate volunteers and caring corporate/individual donors and partner organizations, provide valued programs designed to build strong, stable and secure military families as we seek to honor their patriotism and service to our country. Operation Homefront partners with Dollar Tree and Deal$ stores to collect school supplies each fall and toys each holiday season to make sure that the children of military families are taken care of during those integral times of year. Our club is proud to volunteer to pick up donations at stores around Hialeah and deliver them to the local military bases for distribution.
The Eliminate Project
UNICEF Tetanus Vaccination Program
With The Eliminate Project, Kiwanis and UNICEF have joined forces to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. Neonatal tetanus kills one baby every nine minutes—nearly 60,000 newborn children every year. A significant number of women also die due to maternal tetanus. The effects of the disease are excruciating—tiny newborns suffer repeated, painful convulsions and extreme sensitivity to light and touch. To end MNT, 129 million mothers and their future babies need to be immunized. This requires vaccines, syringes, safe storage, transportation, thousands of skilled staff and more. It will take $110 million—and the dedicated work of UNICEF and every member of the Kiwanis family. Our club has pledged to be a model club by raising $15,000 over five years.