As Kiwanians, we are "dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time." To that end, we provide our members with numerous volunteer opportunities (at least one, and usually more, per month). Members are not expected to particiapte in every project, but there are enough different types that everyone should be able to find at leat 3 or 4 that they can help with during the year.
Many of our legacy projects are listed below (click to learn more about any of them). In addition, you can visit our calendar page to see more of our projects and when they are scheduled.
The Fort Myers Metro-McGregor Kiwanis has recruited 56 local restaurants in Lee County to offer dining discounts in a "Delicious Dining Discount" coupon book for $25. Most discounts are valid now through Nov. 15th. Now in its 11th year, the coupon book is the club's largest fundraiser with all profits going back to help local children and the local community. Typically, the coupon is "Buy one entree, get one of equal or lesser value, with the purchase of two beverages," but some restrictions may be applied depending on the restaurant. Each coupon can only be redeemed one-time.
If you have participated in this race before, you know what a great time you have running this unique course while helping the schoolchildren of Lee County. The course includes cypress wetlands, pine flatwoods, and a restoration area. Wildflowers and low-growing plants such as purple aster grow along the paths.
The Kiwanis Calusa BUG Chase 5K Run is a race to benefit the Bring up Grades programs in local Lee County elementary schools and other Metro-McGregor Kiwanis club sponsored children’s projects. Kiwanis Bring up Grades, or ‘BUG’, is a program designed to provide recognition to students who raise their grades to an acceptable range and maintain or continue to raise them from one grading period to the next. The Metro-McGregor Kiwanis sponsors a recognition program at multiple elementary schools for BUG students, providing certificates and snacks during the ceremony.
The Kiwanis Club of Fort Myers Metro-McGregor presents every 4th grader in each of the sponsored schools with a beautiful full color World Atlas. The atlas is approximately 130 pages with beautiful color photographs and all kinds of information and maps.
While reading the book each student can travel the world in their own time and minds . . . a journey from sand dunes in the desert to the icebergs in the antic. It is a great tool for the teacher and it will help the students learn about the world.
Bring Up Grades or BUG is a program designed to provide recognition to students who raise their grades into an acceptable range and maintain or continue to raise them from one grading period to the next. Recognition includes being placed on the school’s BUG Honor Roll; a pizza, ice cream or other food-themed party; and presentation of certificates and buttons.
A Reading Oasis includes 1,200 books for students from pre-kindergarten to 6th grade, as well as bookshelves, a reading-themed rug, bean bag chairs, a stereo with CDs a padded bench and additional products to support reading. The Fort Myers Metro-McGregor Kiwanis raised over $5,000 to sponsor the project and also provides ongoing weekly reading mentor support.
Kiwanis International empowers people at every stage of life to become competent, capable, and compassionate leaders by helping them learn to help others. Through its Service Leadership Programs, Kiwanis teaches young leaders new ways to change the world by serving one child and one community at a time.
We define Service Leadership as the next step beyond service learning. Once a young person fully understands the concept of learning by helping others, he or she begins to grow personally as a leader. The Service Leadership concept is based on the philosophy of Servant Leadership, a term coined by Robert K. Greenleaf to define a leader who is servant first. ?It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first,? Greenleaf wrote. ?Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead.?
K-Kids is the youngest and fastest growing service organization for elementary students worldwide. These clubs are ideally suited for students in grades 1 through 5 (ages 6 to 12). K-Kids is a "student-led" community-service organization, which operates under school regulations and draws its members from the student body. The K-Kids' motto is "We Build," and its objectives are:
We sponsor K-Kids clubs at Littleton Elementary
Builders Club is the largest service organization for middle school and junior high students, with more than 45,000 members worldwide. Members learn to work together and develop servant-leaders skills as they serve their school and community. In partnership with UNICEF and March of Dimes, the clubs are able to expand their outreach to babies and children of the world.
Builders Club is a student-led community service organization that operates under school regulations and draws its members from the student body. Community-based Builders Clubs can also be established at churches, libraries, Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCAs, lodges or similar facilities. A Kiwanis club, composed of like-minded, service-oriented people from the community, serves as the club?s sponsor.
Since the beginning in 1925, Key Club International has supported the transformation of high school students as they graduate and become the world's next class of leaders.Key Club is the oldest and largest service leadership organization for teens. It teaches leadership through service to others. Key Club?s 267,000 members build themselves as they build their schools and communities
We sponsor a Key Club at FSW Collegiate High School.
Circle K International is a service organization formed to help the community through various service projects. It is part of an umbrella of organizations led by Kiwanis International. Circle K International also aims to build fellowship and create leaders within the membership.
We sponsor a CKI club at Florida Gulf Coast Univerity.
Aktion Club is the only service club for adults with disabilities, with more than 12,000 members worldwide. Aktion Clubs draw members from various organizations that support individuals with disabilities, as well as other community programs. A Kiwanis club, composed of like-minded, service-oriented people from the community, serves as the club’s sponsor. The mission of Aktion Club is to provide adults living with disabilities an opportunity to develop initiative, leadership skills and to serve their communities.
We sponsor an Aktion club at L.A.R.C..
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