Northside Naples Kiwanis is a thriving organization of service and community-minded men and women who support children and young adults in the north Collier area. We meet each week on Thursday at 7:15 to 8:30 A.M. for a breakfast meeting at St. John's 625 111th Ave. North Naples 34108.
Our club is part of the International Kiwanis
Family made up of more than 600,000 Kiwanis-family
members in 76 countries who respond to the needs
of their communities and willingly pool their
resources to address worldwide issues. Through
these efforts, our club and the Kiwanis-family
truly are "Serving the Children of the World."
The Northside Naples Kiwanis Club views its role
within the North Naples community with a great
deal of concern and foresight. Key aspects to
operating our club include:
- Evaluating both childrens issues and community needs on an ongoing basis
- Conducting service projects to respond to those identified needs
- Maintaining an active membership roster of professional business people who have both the desire and the ability to serve their community
- Offer an atmosphere of fun, learning, service, and fellowship
- Expecting each Kiwanian to volunteer to assist with club service projects.
Service projects often are linked to the Kiwanis program, Young Children: Priority One. This initiative places continuing focus on the needs of children in pediatric trauma, safety, child care, early development, infant health, nutrition, and parenting skills.
Service projects also can address other needs within the community, such as working to stop substance abuse, Habitat for Humanity, helping the elderly, promoting literacy, supporting youth sports and recreation, responding to disasters, and supporting specific persons in need.
Kiwanis also plays a special role in developing future generations of leaders. K-Kids clubs at the elementary school level, Builders Clubs in middle school and junior highs, Key Clubs in high schools, and Circle K clubs at the collegiate level all are Kiwanis organizations that teach community service and leadership skills to young people.
Kiwanis and UNICEF joined forces to tackle iodine deficiency disorders, achieving one of the most significant public health successes of the 20th century. Now, in the ELIMINATE Project, they are joining forces to eliminate Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus (MNT) from the face of the Earth. This deadly disease steals the lives of nearly 60,000 innocent babies and a significant number of women each year. To eliminate MNT from the Earth, more than 100 million mothers and their future babies must be immunized. This requires vaccines, syringes, safe storage, transportation, thousands of skilled staff and more. It will take US$110 million - and the dedicated work of UNICEF and every member of the Kiwanis family. The end of this one disease means the beginning of better health for so many families.
Our Kiwanis club is a snapshot of our community, with members from all walks of life and at every step of the career ladder. We are unified in our belief that children and their communities benefit from the efforts of a proficient group of caring and involved volunteers. In a typical year worldwide, Kiwanis clubs invest more than 5.7 million hours and US$135 million in communities around the world. Through these efforts, the Kiwanis organization truly leaves a lasting impression on future generations.