Multiple times per year, Eastern Key Club teams up with the Kiwanis of the Haddons, our parent organization, to go out to the Devon Trail in Haddon Heights, NJ to cleanup the area and clear the trail. The event is very hands-on and intensive. Jobs range from cleanup and bulk junk collection to fixing the entrance signs and clearing the paths. In the recent years, we’ve helped the Kiwanis install a railing overlooking a beautiful stream running through the dense forest trial. Every year is a mystery. We’ve even found things like old sofas, carpets, barrels, and other junk just lying around in the forest! It’s a great way to meet our Kiwanis club and connect with the community!
Eastern Key Club is dedicated to serving many local and district-wide projects to improve the community around us. Service projects typically change every year, as more are added or replaced, while others remain. In addition to long-term projects, Eastern Key Club also participates in smaller one-time events throughout the school year. Below are the most distinguished long-term projects Eastern Key Club has undertaken for the 2011-2012 service year.
Maternal and neonatal tetanus are deadly diseases that steal 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. But this doesn’t have to happen. Three doses of a simple, $0.60 vaccine can prevent it all. That’s why Kiwanis started the Eliminate Project to vaccinate women and children in developing nations. Monetary contributions from all fundraising activity will go towards the district fundraising project, Eliminate. Hopefully, this year we can steal the 1st place award at DCON!
This year, the Little Miracle Rabbit Rescue shelter (LMRR) in Atco, NJ reached out to us to help run their rabbit shelter. They are in need of volunteers, so it’s a great opportunity for all the animal lovers! LMRR recently moved locations, so they are remodeling the facility and EVERYTHING is volunteer run. That means there is always a task for anyone including jobs like mowing the lawn, picking up supplies, running the group’s blogs, and more. In fact, they are interested in bloggers and photographers to showcase their shelter. Another Key Club even helps landscape the backyard. Let’s head over and show them who’s boss. Join us in our weekly afterschool visits to LMRR.
In a collaborative event between the Eastern Key Club and the Kiwanis Club of the Haddons, Key Clubbers go out to local supermarkets with informational posters to collect donations each autumn for Peanut Day. This year, all proceeds went to the Eliminate Project to help eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. The Kiwanis Club provides bags of peanuts which we hand out gratis to those who donate. The event typically lasts a few hours for one or more days in the autumn. Last year over three days, Eastern Key Club was able to raise over $500 in donations, but this year the club was limited to one day of collecting. Peanut Day is held across the nation for Kiwanis Clubs.
Join our MS Team! In the US, more than 400,000 people are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis every week. Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system. We have reached out to this cause and for the past few years, Eastern Key Club has been volunteering at MS Society’s local fundraiser events including the annual MS Walk held right at Eastern! This year, we’ve even volunteered to help in Bike MS 2011, an event where hundreds of bikers bike from City to Shore (Woodcrest to Ocean City NJ). It’s a great way to build volunteer hours at these full day events for a wonderful cause.
Each year around Halloween season, we gather monetary contributions for UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, through the UNICEF Halloween boxes. Key Clubbers should take these boxes out with them during Halloween to collect change. You can even just drop in household change or ask parents to collect some donations at work. As an incentive, we provide Key Club hours for donations gathered. This year, Kiwanis has teamed up with UNICEF so that the club’s UNICEF donations will go towards the Eliminate Project. Halloween season is usually an exciting time that brings in a lot of contribution, so we take pride in our efforts.
Right across the street from our school lies another educational facility that opens its doors for disabled children every day, Voorhees Pediatric Facility. As a club dedicated to caring for our local community, we help these children for 2 Fridays every month. It truly is an invigorating and rewarding experience! It’s amazing to see the children’s faces light up when Key Clubbers come to play with them. At our work meetings, many times we create cards, make posters, or collect donations, and the faculty says they really appreciate the efforts. Volunteering here regularly is truly one of the most rewarding Key Club experiences, and that’s why we urge all members to try it.