Key Club International is the high school, student-led organization sponsored by Kiwanis International, which provides its members with opportunities to provide service, build character, and develop leadership. High school student members of the Key Club perform 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.
Livonia Kiwanis has partnered with local high schools, and many of the values of members of Key Club include: - To develop initiative and leadership - To provide experience in living and working together - To serve the school and community - To prepare for useful citizenship - To give primacy to the human and spiritual, rather than to the material values of life - To encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships - To promote the adoption and application of higher standards in scholarship, sportsmanship and social contacts - To develop, by precept and example, a more intelligent, aggressive, and serviceable citizenship - To help students form enduring friendships, to render unselfish service, and build better communities - To cooperate in creating and maintaining that sound public opinion and high idealism which makes possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism and good will
Computers for Kids
The Livonia Kiwanis gives away brand new laptop computers to deserving high school students annually to aide in their studies at home now and at their future colleges.
The Livonia Kiwanis annually provides a dictionary to every 3rd grade student in the city of Livonia, both to those in public and private schools. This allows for the club to make a small - yet lasting - difference in the lives of over 1,500 children each year.
The Fernon Feenstra Scholarship Program
Education plays a major role in forging a successful future, and the members of Livonia Kiwanis are very passionate about helping children achieve their educational dreams. We provide around 15 scholarships each year to Livonia high school students who demonstrate a desire to better themselves through education. Read more about this project on www.livoniakiwanis.org/scholarships.
Holiday Food Baskets
Occasionally on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter, the Livonia Kiwanis has purchased and delivered an entire holiday meal for struggling families in and around the Livonia area.
Kids Against Hunger Food Packaging Events
The Livonia Kiwanis is proud to support the Kids Against Hunger project, which provides over one million meals annually to children around the world. Oftentimes, one weekend project can pack over 100,000 meals for distribution. One third of the meals packed in Michigan go to local Michigan food pantries, one third is distributed throughout the United States for disaster-relief support, and one-third is donated to various third-world countries.
Livonia P.T.S.A. Donations
The Livonia Kiwanis sets aside $2,500 in its annual budget to aide select Livonia Public Schools with the purchasing of musical equipment, library books, and learning tools for special needs children.
Livonia Education Foundation Grant Program
The LPS Education Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization chartered by the State of Michigan in 2004. Its goal is to provide additional financial support to the district for innovative programs and services, so the school system can continue to be a “beacon of excellence” to all those it serves. The Livonia Kiwanis has begun to donate $2,500 annually to the grant program, which has been used in the past to support the "Leader in Me" platform at Randolph Elementary.
C.S. Mott Children's Hospital
Our club annually supports the C. S. Mott Children’s Hospital, which is one of the leading children’s hospitals in the United States. Mott Children’s Hospital has treated over 250,000 children, including over 3,500 children in the city of Livonia. Kiwanis support specifically funds the creation of new child life services programs, which has included musical therapy for heart-transplant patients and decorated radiation masks for children in the past.
This project involves assisting developmentally-challenged and wheelchair-bound adults and children with bowling. Our volunteers set up the lanes, help troubleshoot any problems with automatic scoring, and coach and cheer for the bowlers. Our Novi Bowl project usually runs from October to May, and it is hosted on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month at Novi Bowl (21700 Novi Rd, Novi, MI). To volunteer for this event or learn more, please call Jerry Kwas at 734-744-0170.
Aktion Club / P.E.P. Center
One of our most rewarding projects is the relationship we have formed with the P.E.P. Center in Livonia, which is dedicated to assisting adults with special needs. The P.E.P. Center has formed an Aktion Club, which allows for special needs adults run by choosing their own leadership, running their meetings, and creating projects to help families and children both in the community and around the world.
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