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Tri-Cities Kiwanis Supports Its Community
Tri-Cities Kiwanis offers its support to many area organizations to continue the work they do in the community, such as those listed below (in no particular order).
If your organization is interested in receiving funds from Tri-Cities
Kiwanis, please download this form and mail to Tri-Cities Kiwanis Goals
Committee, PO Box 571, Grand Haven, MI 49417.
Support for Children's Literacy
In 2015, Tri-Cities Kiwanis donated a total of $14,000 to all the schools in Grand Haven and Spring Lake, including private and parocial schools, to support reading programs. Schools used the gift for accelerated reading programs, non-fiction books to meet curriculum needs, and other reading needs.
Food Pantry Donations
Tri-Cities Kiwanis donates $500 to one local food pantry every quarter. Generally, the recipients rotate between The Salvation Army's Client Choice, Love INC and The People Center. If you would like to present a different food pantry serving the Tri-Cities area for our next quarterly donation, please contact us.
In early 2015, Tri-Cities Kiwanis donated $1000 to Tri-Cities Ministries, for support of the TCM counseling program in the Grand Haven and Spring Lake public school systems. This counseling program offers services to students in groups and on an individual basis right at the schools. Students are not charged for these services. Tri-Cities Kiwanis is excited to help provide these important services.
Tri-Cities Family YMCA
Tri-Cities Kiwanis provides sponsorship to the YMCA for their spring-break "Splash" program teaching first- through fifth- grade students how to swim. The program is provided free to low income students.
P.O.P.S. (Power Of Peer Support)
Tri-Cities Kiwanis supports the local student organization called P.O.P.S., founded by Deb Stanley, a sixth-grade special education teacher at White Pines Middle School. The group serves as a support network for students with disabilities such as autism, who may have limited social skills and a lack of peer relationships. P.O.P.S. also educates general education students on how to relate to students with disabilities, and creates mentoring relationships between students of different abilities.
Tri-Cities Kiwanis regularly supplies P.O.P.S. meetings with pizza meals.
Salvation Army BackpacksEach August, Tri-Cities Kiwanis sponsors the Salvation Army's Backpack program, getting 500+ backpacks full of necessary school supplies into the hands of low income children before the school year begins.
Mike Herman Memorial
Free Soccer Camp
Mike Herman was a standout student athlete and soccer coach in the Striker organization who passed away at a young age. A three-day soccer camp is provided free to children in his honor, and Tri-Cities Kiwanis has been a proud sponsor.
Salvation Army Summer Fun Day CampTri-Cities Kiwanis is a sponsor of the Summer Fun Day Camp run by the Salvation Army during the months of June, July and August. Free lunches and field trips to parks and the Spring Lake Aquatics Center are provided for 45 youth each day.
Lakeshore Pregnancy CenterQuarterly, Tri-Cities Kiwanis provides supplies or funds to the Lakeshore Pregnancy Center's young mothers and families. Examples of items supplied include formula, diapers, toys, safety items and sand pails filled with such beach necessities as baby-safe sun lotion and a towel.
The above-listed are programs that Tri-Cities Kiwanis has sponsored or contributed to on a regular, annual, or on-going basis. But we have other opportunities that come up from time to time, such as free ticket giveaways to Whitecaps baseball games, Kelly Miller circus or other events.
Over the years, Tri-Cities Kiwanis has distributed hundreds of event tickets to families of No More Sidelines, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Center for Women in Transition, P.O.P.S. and other school groups, scout troops and others. Often we are able to coordinate additional event perks, such as extra funds for food or prizes.
Tri-Cities Kiwanis is always looking for opportunities to brighten and enrich the lives of children; if you are able to provide a product or service that will help, we would love to hear from you. Please contact us!
Watching a free Whitecaps
baseball game from the
Pioneer Deck, June 2011.