Club Volunteering

The Kiwanis Club of Greater Omaha is involved in many community affairs! The club volunteers for reading to the second graders at Sacret Heart plus sponsors the class by helping the class purchase electronic equipment to use in the classroom, take the class on an outing like the zoo, bring the class to the Kiwanis weekly meeting to witness how we run a meeting, Also the club reaches out to the community and helps with yard cleanup for people who are unable to do that work themselves. The club also volunteers at ALL PLAY which is an organization that lets all the handicap play baseball. We sponsor a team and help with the cleanup and operation of the snack bar. In the Summer the club helps out with the Special Olympics by volunteering to help out with the Long Jump activity. During the holiday season the club rings bells for the Salvation Army. The club’s main theme are the Children in need. The international club sponsors a drive to eliminate a disease or a problem through out the world that can possibly be stopped. Where ever the need the Kiwanis Club will see that they will try and help.

Places the club volunteers for

Kiwanis has worked with Sacred Heart second graders for many years and has had a lengthy relationship with the school.  Some of the Kiwanians read with Sacred Heart children.   Once a year the club takes an annual field trip with the second graders to the Omaha Zoo.  Around Christmas time the club invites the second graders to a Christmas lunch meeting with the children during one of its weekly meetings. During this lunch meeting, the club gives each child a bag full of items that the children can use in their classroom.   When the need arises the club donates to the class such as pads or books or whatever the class needs to help them learn.

A child at Sacred Heart wrote a very nice thank you note to the club.   Sacred Heart Christmas Lunch-2018

 

Bruce Froendt is the president of AllPlay in Omaha. Bruce recently spoke to the Kiwanis Club.

There is a barrier free play structure next to the AllPlay baseball fields. A splash park was also recently added. This inlcudes a concession stand.

The facility is available for sign up and open daily. Rent-able for $75 when not in use by the Miracle Baseball League.

There are 200 Miracle leagues nationwide.

Ever child plays for free. There is 14 weeks of play.

All monies raised go to the kids and facilities. Volunteers can act as a buddy, umpires, and announcers.

Buddies do as little as possible but as much as needed so the kids have a great time.

There are volunteer opportunities every Saturday.
There are now 250 kids participating. It takes about $30,000 to keep it free for the kids.
Website: www AllPlay.org Check out the volunteer tab for 2 hour assignment sign ups.

The Kiwanis Club of Greater Omaha volunteers every year at the Special Olympics event and helps out with running the Standing Long Jump event for all athletics to enter this event.   The club has volunteered for this event for the past 30+ years.  It is very special to help the contestants and see how much they love to compete in the Special Olympics events.

The Kiwanis Club of Greater Omaha cleans a section of Highway 31 twice a year.  We maintain the section from Highway 36 south for two miles.  The attached picture shows a crew of Kiwanians ready to clean the highway with the orange bags and with vests to signify to people that we are cleaning along the highway.

Every year the Kiwanis Club of Greater Omaha volunteers to help ring the bell for The Salvation Army.  We always have one day set aside to volunteer for that day at several different sites to ring bells.  The Kiwanians volunteer two hours of their time and ring the bell in front of a shopping center location from 9:00-4:00.  Each Kiwanian also contributes money from their own funds and drop the envelope in the kettle.

 

Camp OK is a week-long (6 days, 5 night) camping experience for children who just completed the 5th or 6th grade. It is fully funded by the Kiwanis clubs in the Nebraska-Iowa District and by the NE-IA Kiwanis District Foundation. It has been held for the past several years at the YMCA camp in Boone, Iowa. There are many activities to participate in: Archery, canoeing, horseback riding, nature hiking, pottery, rock wall climbing, swimming, wildlife studying. Also included is a day of service in the Boone area and a ride on a steam train. In prior years, there have been between 90 and 105 campers each year. The children are selected by the local Kiwanis clubs in coordination with their local elementary schools.

They arrive by a chartered motor coach.

One evening is devoted to a talent show where campers can display any talent they wish to. Piano playing, guitar playing, singing and dancing are some of the talents displayed. Many form small groups to sing or dance.

Kiwanis Clubs fund the camper with a payment of $400 from their Service Fund. Some clubs have endowed campers which cost the club less or nothing.

Most campers come not knowing anyone else attending. They arrive shy and withdrawn. By the end of the week, they have life-long memories and friends they will communicate with for quite a while. The tears and hugs as they depart camp demonstrate how their feelings have changed in that brief time. They have had an enjoyable week and provided a service to someone outside their immediate family. This is truly what Camp OK is all about.

Kiwanis Key Leader Camp is an interactive leadership education program for high school students.  The Key Leader mission is to provide a life-changing experience that inspires young people to achieve their personal best through service leadership and helping others succeed.

It is open to those who have been in Key Club (Kiwanis clubs at the high school level), but also to students who have not been in Key Club. The camp runs from Friday afternoon until Sunday mid-day.

The students experience large and small group curriculum, hands-on activities, indoor and outdoor activities, and a ropes confidence team-building course.

The Key Leader program is built on five essential principles that reflect the mission to inspire young people to achieve their personal best through service leadership:

Personal Integrity: Doing the right thing.

Personal Growth: Developing in mind, body and spirit.

Respect: Showing consideration for self, others, and property.

Building Community: Developing relationships to achieve positive goals.

Pursuit of Excellence: Expecting and achieving the best.

 

Key Leader Camp in November, 2018 was held near Ogden, Iowa.

 

Over the years our club has funded the cost of the camp for students who want to attend.

 

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Camp OK is a week-long (6 days, 5 night) camping experience for children who just completed the 5th or 6th grade. It is fully funded by the Kiwanis clubs in the Nebraska-Iowa District and by the NE-IA Kiwanis District Foundation. It has been held for the past several years at the YMCA camp in Boone, Iowa. There are many activities to participate in: Archery, canoeing, horseback riding, nature hiking, pottery, rock wall climbing, swimming, wildlife studying. Also included is a day of service in the Boone area and a ride on a steam train. In prior years, there have been between 90 and 105 campers each year. The children are selected by the local Kiwanis clubs in coordination with their local elementary schools.

They arrive by a chartered motor coach.

One evening is devoted to a talent show where campers can display any talent they wish to. Piano playing, guitar playing, singing and dancing are some of the talents displayed. Many form small groups to sing or dance.

Kiwanis Clubs fund the camper with a payment of $400 from their Service Fund. Some clubs have endowed campers which cost the club less or nothing.

Most campers come not knowing anyone else attending. They arrive shy and withdrawn. By the end of the week, they have life-long memories and friends they will communicate with for quite a while. The tears and hugs as they depart camp demonstrate how their feelings have changed in that brief time. They have had an enjoyable week and provided a service to someone outside their immediate family. This is truly what Camp OK is all about.

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The Kiwanis Club of Greater Omaha reaches out to the local community to help with yard clean-ups and helping in neighborhoods where there is a need to help those who can not keep up their home due to a physical or other problem.  The club has reached out to help clean up a yard or help paint a house or even help fix some items in the home that needed fixing.  The Kiwanians donate their time and energy to accomplish these tasks.

The Kiwanis Club of Greater Omaha Scholarship is awarded annually to undergraduate students at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Eligible students are active members of UNO’s chapter of Circle K and may be pursuing any major at UNO.

Scholarships help UNO attract students who demonstrate promise, possess remarkable talent, or add a unique dimension to the student body.  Only 26 percent of UNO students have their financial need fully met.  Scholarships, like the Kiwanis Club of Greater OmahaScholarship, help alleviate the financial burden of pursuing a college degree.  They also help the recipient fully invest their energies in their coursework and in all the activities and opportunities a premier metropolitan university like UNO has to offer.

 

 

 

Kiwanis International’s Global Campaigns for Children 

 

The Eliminate Project: In 2010, Kiwanis International partnered with UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund) on The Eliminate Project, a global campaign against maternal (mothers) and neonatal (babies) tetanus, called “MNT”.

Neonatal tetanus is an excruciating disease that kills one newborn baby every 15 minutes, or approximately 93 babies each day. Typically contracted through unhygienic childbirth practices, tetanus is a painful and deadly disease, causing extreme sensitivity to light, sound and contact—even preventing the comfort of a mother’s touch.  Maternal tetanus occurs when a woman contracts tetanus during pregnancy or within six weeks of birth or miscarriage.

This disease, however, is easily preventable. Just three doses of immunization can protect a mother and her future babies. Paying for vaccinations is The Eliminate Project’s largest expenditure, but it is about more than a shot. It is also about:
·        Teaching women about maternal health, so they can take control of their well-being and that of their newborns.
·        Providing transportation, often as simple as a bicycle ambulance, for mothers who previously had to cross deserts or climb mountains to give birth.
·        Training  volunteers to visit mothers to make sure they are receiving their immunizations.
·        Paying health care workers and skilled birthing attendants, so mothers no longer have to give birth alone, on a dirt floor.
·        And it’s about making sure monitoring and supervision is in place so that once a country has eliminated MNT, it remains free of the disease.

As long as MNT remains a risk anywhere in the world, Kiwanis will fight it.
Donations have come from Kiwanis clubs as well as individual members.

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Iodine Deficiency Disorder: Since the 1990s, Kiwanis International has raised more than $100 million to address iodine deficiency, the leading preventable cause of mental disabilities. The effects of a lack of iodine, an essential dietary mineral, can start before birth, jeopardizing children’s physical and mental well-being. But the solution is remarkably simple – iodizing salt.

Working with UNICEF, the entire Kiwanis family (donations from Kiwanis clubs and also individual members) joined together to raise money to help eliminate iodine deficiency by supporting salt iodization, testing and monitoring, and community outreach and education.

Kiwanis’ work changed people’s lives. It changed the future of communities. Through our work with UNICEF, some populations saw IQ averages increase by 13 points. This has given millions of children a chance to live healthier, happier and more productive lives.

The campaign has had a lasting effect. We helped launch the Iodine Global Network to sustain the impact of our work.

 

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