Staying busy, being active
If you have ever wondered what Canby's Kiwanis Club does, it does a lot.
The group provides financial support and/or volunteers for a number of charities as well as projects and programs for youth, families and seniors as well as more than 15 projects and programs. One of those programs, the Canby Youth Summit started this year to help provide the city's youth with outlets and activities.
This year the club's administrative board chose five goals to implement. Besides seeking nominees for boards and officers, these are:
- Sustain and enhance existing Canby Kiwanis programs including the Community food and toy Drive; Dolly Parton's Imagination Library; Adoption of Eco Park; and the Kiddie Capers Parade;
- Assume a leadership role developing and implementing Canby's Youth Summit;
- Increase club membership by 20 percent;
- Establish quarterly social events for members, families and friends;
- Provide support and leadership development for Canby High School's Key Club and Baker Prairie Middle School Builders Club.
Canby Kiwanis delivers financial support and volunteers for the Canby Community Dinner at Zoar Lutheran Church, St. Vincent DePaul food pantry, Canby Center, sponsors the new Children's Area and delivers ongoing support for children's resources at the Canby Public Library, helps out with Friends of the Library, the Canby Adult Center, Canby Police Bicycle Rodeo, Child Abuse Summit, high school graduation parties, Canby Kids youth sports teams and music programs, Operation Snuggle, Dougy Center, Children's Center, Youth Music Project and many others.
It also runs at least 17 projects and programs including its annual Community and Toy drive at Christmas time providing food boxes for about 400 families and toys for more than 1,100 children each holiday season.
In 2019, the club spent $20,000 for college scholarships for students in the Canby and North Marion school districts.
They prepared and presented the Kiddie Capers Parade to kick off the Clackamas County Fair and adopted Eco Park for twice a year cleanup day. They run Dolly Parton's Imagination Library for free monthly books that are mailed to children in the Canby School District from birth up to age 5.
Kiwanis sponsors Boy Scout Troop 258 and Cub Scout Troop 503. It provides monthly C.A.R.E. awards for Canby School District teachers. The club also sponsors KEY Club mentoring at Canby High, and sponsors and mentors the Builders Club at Baker Prairie Middle School.
It provides Terrific Kids recognition at Canby Elementary schools, and provides financial and volunteer support for Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp.
One unique program for the Canby Kiwanis and other clubs around the area is the Kiwanis Doernbecher Children's Cancer program and car raffle, which has provided equipment and more recently research doctors to help stop the disease. It also offers support to the 4H/FFA junior livestock auction and provides free books for kids at the Book Wagon at Canby Community Dinner.
People can get free emergency clothing and household goods from the Kiwanis Thrift Store. It offers support to the Kiwanis SIGN program for fracture care centers in the developing world and holds Kiwanis One Day, an international day of service.
The Kiwanis Thrift Store also provides household goods, clothing and other items at less expensive prices. Its location at 257 SE 1st Ave. (Highway 99E) is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; for donations, it's open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Call 503-266-5245 to ensure the donation gate is open.
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