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 participate in every project, but there are enough different types that everyone should be able to find at least 3 or 4 that they can help with during the year.
Young Children Priority One (YCPO) focuses on children prenatal through age 5 through four areas:
- maternal and child health
- child care and development
- parent education and support
- safety and pediatric trauma
YCPO is an ongoing service program of Kiwanis International that addresses the needs of young children. All clubs are encouraged to carry out at least two YCPO projects per calendar year, though many clubs are able to do more - helping children, families, and communities.
Our YCPO project for this year is to be determined.
With The Eliminate Project, Kiwanis International and UNICEF have joined forces to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. This deadly disease steals the lives of nearly 60,000 innocent babies and a significant number of women each year. The effects of the disease are excruciating - tiny newborns suffer repeated, painful convulsions and extreme sensitivity to light and touch.
To eliminate MNT (Maternal Neonatal Tetanus) from the Earth by 2019, 129 million mothers and their future babies must 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.
Kiwanis and UNICEF joined forces to tackle iodine deficiency disorders, achieving one of the most significant public health successes of the 20th century. Now, they are eliminating MNT from the face of the Earth. And in doing so, the project will reach the poorest, most neglected mothers and babies with additional lifesaving health care. The end of this one disease means the beginning of better health for so many families.
Midwest Food Bank
We volunteered to sort and distribute food at this local nonprofit food bank that helps so many people in our community.