Throughout the year, Oshkosh Mid-Morning Kiwanis works to raise funds for a variety of grants, scholarships and a special IPads for Autism project. We'll do almost anything to raise a buck for children in our community, and we have a long history of brat frys, spaghetti dinners, talent shows, chili cookoffs and more! If young people and their future are important to you, we need your time and talent. Join the fun and help us build a strong community ... one child at a time!
At Mid-Morning Kiwanis, we like to raise money and then give it back to the community. But that isn't all we do! On any given day, week or month, you might see our members out in the community providing many hours of service for a variety of events and projects. In addition, we have some long- standing service projects we hang our hat on. Most notable of these is our longest-running service project ... our Magic Shows in various Oshkosh elementary schools. We provide the magic, the kids provide non-perishable food, which we collect and deliver to the Salvation Army Food Pantry. On average, we collect between 4 and 5 tons of food each year!
Did we say Salvation Army? We also like to ring bells at Christmas time for their annual kettle drive. Another favorite project is providing a holiday party for children at Merrill Elementary School.
We volunteer at events in our city, (after all, we are Event City), such as Celebration of Lights and EAA Air Venture as well as provide mentoring and service to and with our K-Family partner groups, such as Circle K at UW Oshkosh, Communites School at Oshkosh North, Builders Club at Webster Stanley Middle School and K-Kids at Merrill Elementary School. Did we say we like kids? We do!
In addition to our service, we have invested in education in our community as well as on a worldwide scale through our Mid-Morning Kiwanis Education Grants. From 2005 to 2014, our club has awarded more than $77,000 to teachers in our community. In addition, we granted money to the Kenya School Project, thus becoming an club that makes an impact internationally!
In addtition to the education grants, The Oshkosh Mid-Morning Kiwanis Club awards a $1,000 non-renewable scholarship to any graduating senior in the Oshkosh Area School District planning to further their education at a four-year accredited college or university. In 2010, a third scholarship was added in honor of member Don Krueger. This scholarship is in the amount of $500 and is awarded to a graduating senior or an adult looking to further their education at Fox Valley Technical College.
Most recently, we accepted the challenge to raise money for iPads for Autism. To date, our club has given away more than 40 iPads to children in the Oshkosh Area School District. We have done this with help from our corporate member Communites School at Oshkosh North High School.