Columbus Children's Choir is lucky to have been a recipient of various grants from the Kiwanis Club of Columbus over the years, and most recently a generous Centennial Grant. Kiwanis is a special organization that really shows up for for children. And their support isn't just financial. When we received funds for new white boards, Kiwanians were there to do the heavy lifting and the installation. We will be counting on their service again this summer when we offer summer programing for the first time. Columbus Children's Choir fosters the growth of children through meaningful experiences in music. It's a big job and we need all the help we can get. The Kiwanis Club of Columbus dreams big just like us and we couldn't be prouder to work alongside them to serve kids.
Being a business owner, I miss the feeling of having colleagues around me at work. Joining a select number of groups is a way for me to create a community of colleagues of my own choosing. When I visited the Kiwanis Club of Columbus, the quality and character of the individuals in the room was immediately apparent. These are high level people I can learn from, volunteer with, and befriend. Joining the Kiwanis Club was my way of choosing colleagues for myself. It's important to be careful with whom you surround yourself, and associating with service-minded people who seek self-improvement and world improvement is clearly a good choice.
This past weekend (May 7, 2016) marked a historical milestone for one of the stalwarts of service in our community: the Kiwanis Club of Columbus. Their 100 year anniversary was celebrated with an unprecedented impact on the nonprofits that serve our community, with $100,000 granted beyond their usual annual investments. Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus received a $30,000 centennial grant from Kiwanis to support our Growth for Great Futures Initiative, a strategic plan to scale our programs to serve 10,000 at-risk youth by the year 2020. Specifically, the grant will be marked to underwrite costs associated with our Westside Club's relocation to the Hilltop neighborhood. A library in the new center will be named in Kiwanis' honor. Kiwanis has carefully guided our club's development over the years.
Kiwanis Club of Columbus threw the party of the century---celebrating 100 years of generous giving, dedication, and community service! And just how do you celebrate so many years of giving? Why, local Kiwanis members celebrated by raising and granting $100,000 to local youth-serving organizations, including $20,000 to Kaleidoscope Youth Center to help our transition to our beautiful new home! KYC and LGBTQ+ youth and families THANK YOU, Kiwanis Club of Columbus!
We are extremely privileged to be recognized by an organization like Kiwanis that intentionally focuses on youth serving organizations. We look forward to the opportunities we have in partnering with the agencies honored this evening and continuing to expand our collective impact on central Ohio youth.
The YMCA of Central Ohio received a $30,000 grant from Kiwanis for critical updates at Hoover YMCA Park, one of the Association’s premier Day Camp locations. This grant will allow the Y to have a greater impact on youth through expansion of its performance space for teens and renovation of the Park’s Adventure Area and Challenge Courses. On behalf of the YMCA of Central Ohio and all those who will enjoy their summer at Hoover YMCA Park, we are extremely grateful to the Kiwanis Club of Columbus for their generous support. The newly renovated Adventure Areas will be named in Kiwanis’ honor.
The mission of Moms2B is to reduce the terrible problem of infant mortality in Columbus. For over five years, the Downtown Kiwanis Club has supported our mission. We are proud to call Kiwanis one of our community partners. Kiwanis understands the challenges we face and has been willing to lend a hand in our effort to save babies and promote healthier families.