The final results of the 2017 Annual Kiwanis Fund Drive were presented to...more
WELCOME TO THE KIWANIS CLUB OF PROVIDENCE POINT
ANNUAL FUND DRIVE
May was the month for the Kiwanis Annual Fund Drive for local charities. Kiwanis asked each resident to write a check to one of four Issaquah nonprofits. At the end of the month, Kiwanis turned over the bundles of checks to representatives of the charities. This provides support for the local charities, and it also raises the profile of Providence Point as a good community citizen.
The four nonprofits being supported this year were:
The final results of the 2017 Annual Fund Drive were presented to the Providence Point Kiwanis Board of Directors at their July 7 meeting. Through the generosity of Providence Point residents a grand total of more than $28,000 was generated by the Fund Drive this year. The past six fund drives have generated over $160,000 for local charities. This exceptional effort puts Providence Point on the map as a solid community citizen in Issaquah and the Eastside.
Click here to see results of the 2017 drive.
OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS SELECTED FOR 2017-18
Recently the membership selected the officers and directors who will lead the club during the 2017-18 Kiwanis administrative year which begins October 1, 2017. Those selected are:
President: Janis Hong
President-Elect: Judy Wing
Secretary: John Gorow
Treasurer: Ted Gamelin
Immediate Past President: Rex Smith
Board of Directors:
Don Cumming, Sherry Grandorf, Joyce Grauman, Ferrin Lauve, Edith Leatham, Mike Maloney, and Jane Scheiber.
The officers and directors will be installed at the annual Installation Banquet to be held Thursday, October 5.
The Kiwanis Family is made up of not only adult clubs like the Kiwanis Club of Providence Point, but several youth organizations that provide an opportunity for youngsters to learn about community service. One of these is K-Kids, an elementary school age program. The objects of K-Kids are:
Our club is fortunate enough to sponsor two K-Kids clubs in the Issaquah School District. One is at Discovery Elementary, with Kiwanis advisors Roberta Haw and Jane Scheiber; and our newest club at Grand Ridge Elementary with Kiwanis advisors Craig Doty and Ferrin Lauve. Other than the students, the most important leaders of the K-Kids clubs are the school advisors. We are lucky to have several dedicated teachers as guides for the K-Kids members. At Discovery they are: Elizabeth Scott-Winkler, Krista Behling, and Eve Didonato. Grand Ridge advisors are: Brandy Falk and Kim Goodman. We thank these teachers for their desire and dedication to help their students develop into productive citizens.
To see an example of projects the K-Kids students are involved in, click here to go to the K-Kids page of this website.
FEED THE KIDS
A child sits in a classroom trying to listen to the teacher or be involved with classmates. The youngster’s stomach makes a low growling sound. The thought that comes into the youth’s mind is not the lesson being worked on, but of hunger. A child in one of our schools should not be in a position of being distracted because they are not getting the food they need. Yes, this does occur in our “affluent” community, but there are nonprofit organizations working hard to see that it does not happen.
There are more than 1,800 students attending schools in the Issaquah School District who participate in the free and reduced lunch program. It is easy to assume that there are more than 1,800 students who are eligible for the program, but whose families have not applied. This could be for several reasons, one possibly being pride.
The free and reduced lunch program certainly helps with this group of students. However, what about during vacation time? The Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank is attempting to help with these situations. During each week of the summer they offer eligible families one bag of food for each school age child. These bags contain enough food for a week of breakfast, lunch, and snacks. According to Cori Walters, Executive Director of the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank, this past summer 250 bags were distributed each week. However, with 1800 students in the free and reduced lunch programs, she is aware more needs to be done to reach out to the families.
Another program the Food Bank coordinates is called “Lunch for the Break.” At the beginning of the major school breaks, eligible children receive a box of food to be used during the vacation.
A third program to help fight school children’s hunger is sponsored by the Issaquah Schools Foundation. The Foundation asks businesses and organizations in the community to support a school in the “Breakfast Bar” program. These groups donate nutritional bars to each of the participating schools. These bars are available to students who have not had breakfast, or who a teacher identifies as needing some additional nutrition during the day.
Poor eating habits, low family income, joblessness, and homelessness are some of the reasons we have hungry children in the schools. The One Night Count conducted in King County found more than 10,000 homeless. There were probably many more not counted. That is potential for a lot of hungry kids.
In our community the Issaquah Food & Clothing bank is a leader in advocating for these families and their children. Eastside Baby Corner and Issaquah Compassion House are two other organizations working toward assisting with this problem. These are just a few of the organizations the Kiwanis Club of Providence Point supports in its mission to serve the children of the world. The programs mentioned above have all received help from our local Kiwanis club.
What can individuals do to help deal with this problem? One way is to support groups which are working hard to advocate for these children and their families. The assistance can either be financial, volunteer time, or both. Hunger should not be acceptable.
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The lower level of Town Hall
4135 Providence Point Drive
Issaquah, WA 98029