Projects and Activities
Our Kiwanis Club of Cedar Hills participates in a variety of projects throughout the year that involve fundraising, community service, and assisting children locally and worldwide. Additionally, we have speakers at our weekly meetings to explore topics of interest to the membership. We engage in a number of social activities to share experiences, talents and our collective interests. All represent great opportunities for service, friendships and personal growth.
Below are the projects and activities in which we are currently involved:
Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp (MHKC)
Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp empowers children and adults with disabilities. Since its founding in 1933 by the Motavilla Kiwanis Club of Portland, the camp has partnered with the U.S. Forest Service to provide individuals with disabilities an outstanding overnight recreational opportunity in the Mt. Hood National Forest. The camp offers eight week-long sessions of residential summer camp, providing our campers with a one-on-one camper/counselor ratio. The camp also offers programming throughout the year at its fully accessible 22-acre campsite. Our club supports the camp by participating in its annual fundraisers - the MHKC Auction and Gala, the MHKC Golf Tournament. and the annual MHKC Walk, Roll or Stroll event. We also participate in work parties and the Thursday evening BBQ at the camp.
Kiwanis Doernbecher Children's Cancer Program (KDCCP)
Founded by Kiwanians, Kiwanis Doernbecher Children’s Cancer Program (KDCCP) is a non-profit organization which raises money for advanced cancer treatment and research through activities and events run by volunteers. Each year our club supports the raffle off a new Mustang automobile, participates in Golf Tournaments, and encourages donations and volunteerism from Kiwanians and others from Oregon and Southwest Washington. KDCCP supports advanced cancer treatment for children through the Fellowship Program at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. Each year Doernbecher invites the very best board certified physicians to apply for a 3 year Fellowship Program. During their first year, these young doctors work in the clinic at Doernbecher learning to treat children with this terrible disease. During the second and third years, in addition to following their patients, the doctors work in the labs, learning to develop and apply revolutionary gene based therapies that will forever change how children in the Pacific Northwest and beyond are treated for cancer.
Kiwanis Children's Fund
Our club supports the Kiwanis Cildren's Fund through member and club donations such as the "Skip a Meal" program. We are committed as a Model Club for the ELIMINATE program to contribute $750 per member to the program ($39,000 total) over a period of five years. The ELIMINATE program is a partnership between Kiwanis International and UNICEF to eliminate maternal neo-natal tetanus throughout the world. Since the program began, 41 countries have eliminated the disease.
Meals on Wheels
On the fourth Thursday of each month our club provides drivers for devivery of hot meaals to home-bound seniors over 8-10 routes from the Beaverton Else Stuhr Center. We also participate in the "Donate Dinner" Program by acting as store greeters prior to Thanksgiving Day at local grocery stores, handing out "Donate Dinner" cards to shoppers who can then make a donation to Meals on Wheels as they check out at the cashier.
Red Cross Blood Collection
Every first Monday of the month our club provides volunteers to support the Red Cross blood drives. Our members pass out coffee and juice and provide observation after donors have given blood to support the Red Cross effort.
Salvation Army Red Kettle Bell Ringing
Each year at Christmas time our club provides volunteers to ring bells for a day at a local store for the Salvation Army Red Kettle fundraiser. In addition to our club members, each of our five Key Clubs join us in the effort.
Imagine Possibilities, founded in 1959, is licensed by the State of Oregon to provide daytime services to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Imagine Possibilities provides progressive daytime services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities through care, creativity and community. Advocating for the best quality of life for every person as an individual, they feel that all people have a lifetime of limitless potential and they are committed to helping participants reach and exceed their goals. Our club supports Imagine Possibilities through participation in their annual Charity Auction and by volunteering.
Christmas Basket Program
Our club delivers food and toy "baskets" each year at Christmas time to 15-20 families in need. We partner with a local church to pack the food boxes with items specific to each family. We gather toy from a local television station's annual toy drive and our Key Clubs help wrap the toys. Our members then deliver the food and toys to the families.
Bienestar Backpack Program
Each year before the start of the school term, our club purchases backpacks and school supplies for children of families in need. We partner with the Bienestar organization which supports farmworker and working poor families to provide the supplies to children in a local primary school.