Our club is involved in a variety of projects that involve fundraising, community service, and assisting children locally and worldwide. Below are some of the projects in which we are currently involved:
Bell Ringing for Salvation Army – Mike Cassidy, Chair
Each year at Christmas time, our members help the Salvation Army ring bells by the red kettles to collect money for local folks in need. This year we’ll be ringing at Fred Meyers on December 2nd, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. See you there!
Since 2001 our club has provided free helmets and fitting to over 2,000 toddlers and children, given away 400 gently used bikes and instructed over 1,500 children in basic bike safety. We partner in this effort with South Kitsap Fire District #7 and other community agencies. In 2022, our club gve away 155 bike helts at the Port Orchard Farmer’s Market.
Library Reading Project – Emmon Rogers, Chair
Since 2007, our club has provided a $3,000 donation to the Port Orchard Library’s 3rd Grade Reading Project. This project seeks to encourage a reading habit in young children. Participants learn how to use their library and leave the program with a library card.
Little Free Library – Sharon Vetter, Chair
A Little Free Library is a free book exchange where anyone may take books or leave books. Our first Little Library was built and donated to the Madrona Heights Elementary School, in the South Kitsap School District, in November 2022.
Service-at-your-Seat – Janet Cesar, Chair
Beginning in 2014, our club began Service-at-your-Seat projects. Fleece blankets created were donated to the South Kitsap Helpline. Activity packets the group assembled helped children at Marybridge Hospital. Bright soft-fabric cubes hand-stuffed by members were delivered to Eastside Baby Center-West Sound. New stuffed animals were gathered to give warmth to patients at Harrison Hospital Rice heat packets were given to Kitsap Humane Society and West Sound Wildlife Shelter to help with animals in distress. The world-recognized Kiwanis dolls were sent to Seattle Children’s Hospital All of these projects have hands-on participation by our members.
Service at your Seat – Fall/Winter 2023-2024
Nov 1 – Decorate Boxes for Pajamas for Community & Family Services Foundation.
Collecting new pajamas for children (ages 0-18 yrs) in foster care.
Look for boxes at stores on Bay Street during November!