The Kiwanis Club of Severna Park will celebrate its 65th anniversary this December and would like to thank the Severna Park community for all of its support over the years. The club is a group of volunteers dedicated to serving children and young adults on both a local and international level.
The club recently completed a Fill the Pantry project with members of the Kensington community – benefitting the ACAN food bank and the Kiwanis Kids Closet at Belle Grove Elementary in Brooklyn. Kiwanis members dropped off bags to fill for each community member and picked them up the next week.
“We are so thankful that we can still be out supporting the community, with our members and members of our high school Key Clubs,” said Past President Rachel Jacobs.
“This year has been hard for organizations, and so we are banding together with other nonprofit groups and members of the community to get as many people involved as possible,” she said. “The response has been great.”
The Kiwanis Club partners with the Severna Park Community Center, Anne Arundel County Special Olympics, Meals on Wheels and other organizations. The Kiwanis Club has upcoming joint projects with the Magothy River Association and Orphan Grain Train.
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 and local restrictions, the Kiwanis Club will not host its October apple sale fundraiser this year to raise money for service projects. The Kiwanis Club uses proceeds from the annual apple sale for projects throughout the year, including high school scholarships and sponsoring five high school Key Clubs (Severna Park, Annapolis, Chesapeake, Old Mill and North County).
“We look forward to holding it next year - bigger and better than ever,” Jacobs said.
“Even though we cannot hold our fundraiser, we are still finding ways to give back to the community,” she added. “We need to do our part and support our businesses like they have supported us over these last 65 years. Kiwanis started as a business networking club.”
To do their part in this COVID-19 recovery, Kiwanis is currently offering 10 free business memberships to businesses owners in the community. The Kiwanis Club is also selling Anne Arundel County coverlets for $40.