Serving the Children of the World

Projects and Activities

Our Kiwanis club participates in a variety of projects throughout the year that involve fundraising, community service, and assisting children locally and worldwide.  Additionally, we have speakers at our weekly meetings to explore topics of interest to the membership. We engage in a number of social activities to share experiences, talents and our collective interests. All represent great opportunities for service, friendships and personal growth.

Below are some of the projects and activities in which we are currently involved:

  • Toys for Kids

Brief Description: Using donated lumber, volunteers annually make thousands of wood toys for donation to kids in need being served by family/child welfare agencies and organizations locally, in country and abroad.  Approximately 10% of the modestly priced toys made are sold to help defray the cost of required purchased supplies.  We have given away about 30,000 toys since 2010.

General Activities:

Obtain suitable, donated unfinished lumber

Make toys (Using power and non-power tools)

Maintain the shop and shop equipment

Seek potential recipient agencies and organizations

Seek potential project sponsors

Purchase needed supplies

Distribute toys

Attend shows and exhibitions to exhibit and sell toys

  • Shoes for Kids

Brief Description: The club arranges with local stores to to supply shoes to needy children and to work with local agencies to identify appropriate recipients. We have given about 20 pairs per year.

General Activities:

Contact stores regarding helping out with the shoes and distribution

Contact agencies which could be identifying appropriate children

Manage the distribution activities and coordinate with club treasurer

  • Books for Kids

Brief Description: We have been donating a book to each student in the first grade at Northridge Elementary school in the fall term and again in the spring term. The books have a label inside the front cover with the student's name and "Kiwanis Club of Longmont". A former member has done the bulk of the work to coordinate this project. This project has been going on since 2005 and we have donated about 160 books per year.

General Activities:

The major club part is for members to go to the school to pass out books and have students read to us. (Members who are fluent in Spanish are especially helpful.)

  • Boulder County Fair Parade

Brief Description: The Boulder County Fair Parade is organized and run by Kiwanis as a major Longmont event related to the County Fair.

General Activities:

Coordinate With City for permits and Kiwanis International for insurance

Coordinate with fire, police, emergency services and facilities providers and meet as necessary

Arrange for special official cars

Contact high schools about bands

Advertise for and keep track of parade entrants

Arrange for notification and placement of “No Parking” zones signs

Public relations with area newspapers

Contact and secure other service groups which help with the parade

Organize and determine parade participant order

Set up parade day parking and participant start positions

Manage the parade

Pick up after the parade

  • Aluminum Can Collection

Brief Description: We have been collecting aluminum beverage cans and selling them to a scrap metal dealer as a fund raiser for about 10 years. Since 2012 we have been removing the pull tab from the top of the cans, and donating them to Ronald McDonald House. Because the pull tabs are a
different alloy, they are more valuable than the rest of the can.

General Activities:

Members collect cans and separate the pull tabs

Take cans and pull tabs to appropriate locations

  • License Plate Fastener Sales

Brief Description: The club owns a vending machine which is placed at the Boulder County Motor Vehicles office at the corner of Sixth Ave. and Coffman St. in Longmont. We work with Golden Nuggets Club in Boulder which stocks the wholesale supplies . This is one source of income for the club. We have been doing since 1998.

General Activities:

Order materials for the machine

Assemble small plastic bags of nuts and bolts

Service the vending machines monthly

  • Community Food Share

Brief Description: Club members volunteer as greeters at a local grocery store to hand out bags and invite shoppers to purchase a few extra non-perishable food items for donation to the regional food bank.

  • Salvation Army Bell Ringing

Brief Description: Club members volunteer as greeters at a local store to ring the Salvation Army bell and invite shoppers to donate to the collection bucket.