Here you will find a partial list of the community service projects the Cornhusker Kiwanis Club supports annually. In keeping with the primary purpose of Kiwanis, we strive to "serve the children of the world".
One of the projects encouraging safe bicycling is the annual Bike Rodeos at several schools and pre-schools. Some of the rodeos are also conducted by the Service Leadership Programs sponsored by the Cornhusker Club.
An "All-City" rodeo is hosted by several Kiwanis clubs in the Lincoln area for the "winners" of the school rodeos. In reality, all participants are "winners" because they all learn some skills and safety rules for bicycling.
READING IS FUNDAMENTAL
One of the signature programs of the Kiwanis club is the Reading Is Fundamental program, encouraging reading at an early age. The club distributes over 800 books a year to pre-school children in the Lincoln Public School system. The books are read to the children in small groups, then the children are given the books to take home. It is not unusal for the gifted book to be the first the child has to call "his own."
In some situations, the youth Service Leadership Program within the school is recruited to assist with the reading of the books.
FOOD BANK "BACKPACK" PROGRAMS
Members assist with the preparation of food "backpacks" for distribution by the Lincoln Food Bank. "Backpacks" are distributed on Fridays throughout the school year to students qualifying for the extra food. The club also assists the Lincoln/Lancaster Health Department with a similar food distribution progam during the summer months when school is not in session.
BLANKETS FOR "LINUS PROGRAM"
A number of Kiwanis members create blankets for the Linus Program, supplying blankets for children in hospitals in the Nebraska area. Blankets are donated to the Linus Program for distribution.
HELPING WITH THE SEASON
An annual Christmas Party spreads some cheer for selected groups and those related to club members. Children in attendance are assured of receiving a gift from the fellow dressed in red.
Members help with the annual Salvation Army bell ringing in locations within Lincoln.
SERVICE LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS (SLPs)
Southwest High School is one of six schools hosting a Service Leadership Program for youth sponsored by Cornhusker Kiwanis. Other schools are Southeast High School, Lincoln High School, Scott Middle School, Adams Elementary School, and Holmes Elementary School.
Each sponsored SLP must have a Kiwanis adviser and a school adviser to assist the youth with projects and activities appropriate to their various age groups.
This program is called “The Stork Club.” This program is geared towards encouraging women to seek the prenatal care necessary to have a healthy, happy baby and healthy, happy pregnancy. Club members monitor the "nest" several times monthly to assist new parents with their selections.
WILLIES UNDERWARE PROJECT
This project supplies clothing to students who may experience an "unexpected" soiling of thier clothing during school. The "emergency" clothing is managed through the school nurses' offices.
A world-wide project of Kiwanis is to eliminate maternal/neonatal tetanus-- a deadly disease that steals the lives of nearly 49,000 innocent babies and a significant number of women each year.
Kiwanis International has reached a pledge of $110 million to eradicate this deadly disease. Cornhusker Kiwanis has pledged to be a model club for Kiwanis, assuring the project will receive the equivalent of $750 per member or approximately $42,000. The club is working diligently to attain its pledge.