Our club 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:
Our Community Service Club Projects
The club has adopted Parma Park (next to the Almaden Valley Community Center and assists the Parks & Rec department of San Jose in maintaining the grounds. Several times a year, KCOAV partners with its Key Clubs and local residents to trim, weed, sweep and in any way we can beautify the park. It is often followed by a BBQ at the park for all the volunteers.
The has adopted Almaden Elementary School. We partner with the local YMCA to support this Title 1 school and our Key Clubs to maintain the garden area where the students grow their own food and plants. We have partnered with Home Depot to build a new Greenhouse in the area to assist in teaching the students how to start plants and transplant them. We also volunteer to read to students in classes or one-on-one as the need dictates.
Second Harvest Food Bank
Second Harvest Food Bank feeds 210,000 people each month. Several times a year, KCOAV lends a hand in the Second Harvest warehouse to sort food items and package for distribution.
Family Giving Treehttp://www.familygivingtree.org/
The Family Giving Tree Elves envision a world where every child feels like a valuable part of their community through a national belief in the power of giving. Each year, club members help Leland Key Club get hundreds of gifts to the donation location, as well as directly purchasing gifts for children in need.
Division (San Jose) projects
Holiday Food Drive
In conjunction with the other Kiwanis clubs of Division 12, Almaden Valley Kiwanis collects food at a local grocery store for the holidays. Each year we get a different store to work with!
The Kiwanis Special Games, hosted and organized by Division 34 with assistance from Division 12 (including Almaden Valley), is an all-day Special Olympics-type event where student athletes from around Santa Clara County participate in a variety of modified sports activities, winning ribbons for their efforts. It has been going on for over 33 years.
Since 2003, the Kiwanis Club of Almaden Valley has given scholarships to young people who are rarely awarded scholarships. Although they may not have excelled in school initially, after confronting difficulties, from drug addiction to learning disabilities, to family problems or any one of a host of well-documented problems that can throw students off-course, they have turned their academic work around and are now preparing to attend or are attending college or specialized career training. These scholarships were started 30 years ago by the East San Jose Kiwanis club and are now supported by many local Kiwanis clubs in the Bay Area including Almaden Valley.
District (California-Nevada-Hawaii) projects
Kiwanis One Day
Each year, Kiwanis clubs set aside one day for a giant project that includes all the members of our Kiwanis family: Key Clubs, Circle-K Clubs, Builders Clubs, K-Kids Clubs, and Aktion Clubs. The projects are usually a large outdoor event; This past year, we cleaned up Parma Park.
The Eliminate Projecthttp://sites.kiwanis.org/kiwanis/en/theELIMINATEproject/home.aspx
Kiwanis and UNICEF have joined forces to eradicate Maternal And Neonatal Tetanus. This is the second time we will eliminate a medical problem from the face of the planet (the first being Iodine Deficiency Disorder). This is an ambitious 5-year project to raise $110 million to innoculate 100 million mothers and their future babies from tetanus spores.