The Kiwanis Club of Montgomery County-Blacksburg sponsors numerous community service, fund-raising and club service projects. Active participation in these projects provides an opportunity for members to benefit the community and to get to know other service-minded people from a wide range of ages, experiences, backgrounds and interests. Members are strongly encouraged to volunteer to participate in a number of these projects. Major activities of the Kiwanis Club of Montgomery County-Blacksburg are shown below.
CHILDREN PRIORITY ONE
Our club participates in this Kiwanis International major emphasis program which focuses on the needs of children under the age of five. The club distributes child ID kits to children's parents through the local hospital and the county health department. The child ID kits include the child's picture, physical information, dental records, medical information, finger prints and a DNA sample so the child can be identified in event of an emergency.
The Club purchases books appropriate for pre-school children. The books are given to "at-risk" children throughout the county to encourage early interest in reading. The distribution of books is coordinated through the teachers in the public schools. The club provides annual financial support to the Micah's Backpack Program which supports at risk children.
Other activites of this program have been the distribution of bicycle helmets project, the teen mother's project, the distribution of library kits to day care centers project and the distribution and installation of smoke detectors for low-income families' project.
STOCKING FOOD PANTRY'S FOR CHILDREN AT PRICES FORK AND EASTERN MONTGOMERY ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
Our club purchases food from the Feeding America food bank for distribution to "at risk" students at Prices Fork and Eastern Montgomery Elementary Schools. Club members distribute the food periodically to the schools for stocking of the food pantry's at each school. Teachers and social workers distribute the food to the appropriate students and their families on an as needed basis.
CIRCLE K OF VIRGINIA TECH
Throughout the year our club serves as the sponsor to the Circle K Club of Virginia Tech. Representatives of Circle K are invited to attend all regular meetings of our club and are given an opportunity weekly to report on their activities. Representatives of our club volunnteer to attend Circle K meetings on Wednesday evenings throughout the year. Members of Circle K and members of our club work together on a number of service and fund-raising projects that are conducted throughout the year.
BLACKSBURG & GILES COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL KEY CLUB
Our club works with the Blacksburg and Giles County High School Key Clubs as anadvisor and project participant. One or more members attend Key Club meetings throughout the year to support their programs. Our members volunteer to help the Key Club conduct selected projects and their club members volunteer to work with our club on some projects. Financial support is provided to the clubs on certain projects.
BRINGING UP GRADES AT PRICES FORK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Our club works with Prices Fork Elementary School to provide incentives and recognitions programs to encourage students to improve their grades.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY CHRISTMAS STORE
Several Kiwanis members volunteer each fall to help set up the Montgomery County Christmas Store. The club takes full responsibility for planning and operating the Seniors Section of the Christmas Store. While the store is in operation volunteers work in the Seniors Section as well as in other areas of the store. Also, the club makes an annual financial contribution to the store.
TEILMANN YOUTH SERVICES AWARD
A special recognition program is held each year to recognize the winner of the Teilmann Youth Services award. Nominations of individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the community are solicited and a committee evaluates the nominees against the award's criteria. The recipient receives an engraved plaque at the recognition ceremony.
SALVATION ARMY BELL RINGERS
The Club participates in a ceremony to kick off the annual Salvation Army Bell Ringers fund raiser. Members serve as bell ringers for the remainder of the day following the ceremony.
SALVATION ARMY ANGLE TREE GIFTS
The club membersw donate gifts for thirty children through the Angel Tree program of the Salvation Army. The gifts are distributed to the children in time for Christmas.
The club provides financial support through the New River Friends of Scouting to provide for one full day of scouting for the 16,000 scouts in the district.
VALLEY INTERFAITH CHILD CENTER PLAYGROUND
Members of the club volunteer to help maintain the Valley Interfaith Playgound. In additon, annual financial support is provided to the center.
CHILDREN'S HEALTH INITIATIVE PROGRAM
The club provides annual financial support to support programs for the Children's Health Initiative Program.
BOYS STATE/GIRLS STATE
The club provides annual financeal support so youth can travel and participate in the Boys State and Girls State programs.
SPECIAL OLYMPICS SUPPORT
The club provides volunteers to operate a food booth at the Special Olympics competition in Blacksburg each year. All income from sales at the booth is donated to the Special Olympics Program.