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Service Projects

Our club is involved in a variety of projects that involve fundraising, community service, and assisting children locally and worldwide.  Below are the projects in which we are currently involved:

Kiwanis Miracle League at Principal Park

Our club was responsible for organizing and raising support for the Kiwanis Miracle League at Principal Park! The Miracle League gives children with special needs the ability to play in league organized baseball teams. It's a blast! Go visit the Miracle League site: http://kiwanismiracleleague.org/

Red Barrel

Kiwanians are responsible for picking up those Red Barrels you see at the grocery store. Every time you put food items into those barrels, we make sure they are distributed to hungry families. 

Supporting Hungry Children

As a part of the Nebraska-Iowa District of Kiwanis, all of the projects endorsed by the district are being supported locally.  See the specific projects under "Committees" listings for Feeding Hungry Children and Young Children: Priority One. We’re hosting food collection drives that we call “Sack Saturdays” to stock the shelves at the Des Moines Area Religious Council’s local food pantry.  We’re encouraging the spread of Red Barrels to even more collection sites around the city.  And we’re just getting started.

Feeding Hungry Children

Examining subject of food insecurity, particularly for children. Local projects are based on the childhood hunger projects endorsed by the NE-IA District.

  • Service Projects
  • DMARC's Red Barrel Program
  • Food Bank of Iowa's BackPack Program
  • ISU Extension's Buy, Eat, Live Healthy and Fresh Veggie Classes
  • Young Children: Priority One Gift bags for expectant mothers
  • A Garden for Every School
  • Hunger in the Heartland Resource Guide and Documentary
  • First 1,000 Days and Young Children: Priority One (Conception-5 years)

Young Children: Priority One

Young Children: Priority One has been a Kiwanis International project since 1990. Projects our club has undertaken:

  • Bookmarks on the nutritional needs of expectant mothers to ensure a healthy baby.

Reading to Elementary Students

Once a month during the school year as one of our regular weekly meetings, we read to students at Greenwood Elementary School.  It’s so rewarding seeing the progress from month to month…and having the student read back to us at the end of the school year.  Yes, we’re making a difference!