LBI Kiwanis Looking for New Members
If you’re interested in helping children’s causes, the Kiwanis Club of LBI could use your help. The organization is actively seeking new members, and interested persons are welcome to stop by at the weekly meetings on Wednesday mornings at 8 at the Ship Bottom Firehouse or the fourth Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m, for a dinner meeting at Pietro’s in Manahawkin.
Ellie Ehnot, publicity coordinator, said one of the major activities is the support of the Key Club at Southern Regional High School and the Marine Academy of Technology and Environment Science. In addition, the group support the Builders Clubs at Southern Regional and All Saints Regional Catholic School.
“Our efforts are in financial assistance in projects and general school activities,” she said.
She said the local Kiwanis organization, which has more than 30 members, also sponsors two breakfast parties for disadvantaged children at the Ship Bottom Firehouse, complete with Santa Claus in December and the Easter Bunny in the spring.
A recent project is the support to the Maximilian Foundation, a local organization devoted to supporting education programs that bring drug awareness and empowerment to students in elementary, middle and high school, by providing character building skills to increase self-esteem and confidence. Ehnot said the project is a long-term investment in the well-being of all Ocean County.
Last year, a sock drive was held that resulted in the collection of 3,544 pairs of new socks, which were distributed to various organizations including the LBI Health Department Domestic Abuse Awareness Project, St. Francis Inn at the Kensington Pennsylvania Homeless Project, American Recreational Military Service for distribution to active military personnel, Haven/Beat the Street Homeless Project Atlantic City, Home for the Brave providing housing for homeless veterans, Anna M. Sample Housing for homeless families and women, and “Hope for Liberia.”
The club finances the activities through major fundraisers such as a flea market and 50/50 raffle.
“If people want to join, we can get them quickly involved in a lot of causes,” said Ehnot.
For membership information, call Faith Dixon at 609-405-2834 or Dick Doyle at 609-494-3975. —E.E.