Our Kiwanis Club was lucky enough to work with “Willow Lake Place” Assisted Living Facility this Valentine’s Day to help bring their residents some love, joy and excitement!
The week before Valentine’s Day, we got together during our regular club meeting and put together some special Valentine’s Day cards for each of the residents.
We also made some really cool “Candy Heart Cards” for each of the residents as well as provide them some other delicious treats.
While we were talking with the Activities Director at Willow Lake, we found out that they could also benefit from receiving books for the residents to read. Since we sponsor a Little Free Library called Naptown Books (which is located at Kiwanis International) – we were able to gather together a tub full of books that the residents can enjoy as well.
We love being able to give back to our community and Willow Lake Place is a great facility that we are happy to be partnering with!!!
Here is some additional info on Willow Lake Place :
From the moment you arrive, it’s evident Willow Lake Place is a step above the rest. With our meticulously maintained gardens and our inviting common spaces and apartments, we have something for everyone. We offer the residents of this pet friendly community the opportunity to thrive in mind and body by developing individual care plans to meet the needs of each resident. With a full-time licensed nurse available 24 hours a day to provide clinical oversight and coordination of care, we strive to maintain each resident’s independence. If the outdoors is what you enjoy, socializing with friends on the wrap-around porch and terrace, joining one our many Walking Clubs or gardening in the courtyard would be right up your alley. When the weather is less than ideal, there is never a lack of indoor activities to keep you engaged like Candy Bar Bingo, Crazy for Crosswords, Pinterest and Church Services. Plus, we are conveniently located near I-465, so all the conveniences of Northwest Indianapolis are not far from home.
“Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“Giving is the highest expression of potency. In the very act of giving, I experience my strength, my wealth, my power. This experience of heightened vitality and potency fills me with joy. I experience myself as overflowing, spending, alive, hence as joyous. Giving is more joyous than receiving, not because it is a deprivation, but because in the act of giving lies the expression of my aliveness.” ~ Erich Fromm
Once again, our club members went into action at B.A.B.E. as a follow up to our original service project.
Only this time…the diapers were really stacking up! But nothing would stop our gang of Pamper Packers!!!
A group of us met on December 6th at B.A.B.E. to have our monthly meeting and to package up the diapers needed for distribution to those in need. We had a great time, listened to some Christmas Carols, got to interact and learn more about each other, and most importantly….GIVE BACK TO THOSE IN NEED!
Here are some pictures showcasing the FUN time we had helping others!!
To learn more about how you can get involved…please contact us! We are more than happy to invite you to one of our club meetings!!
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It all started about 2 years ago as the Brainchild of Scott & René Booker and Casey Keller. It was their love of books and their sense of community service that led to the development of the Little Free Library known as “Naptown Books” here in Indianapolis. After raising the funds to obtain the library, and getting it fully decorated and ready to go, they enlisted the service of their Kiwanis Club, The Kiwanis Club of Indy – It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere, to help them get the library launched and open for business.
On Kiwanis One Day, members of our Kiwanis Club joined together to install the Little Free Library located at the Kiwanis International Headquarters. After getting the Library mounted in place, the group filled the Library with books for all ages, designed free bookmarks, discussed future plans for literacy outreach programs, and came together for a fun filled day of community service.
We were even fortunate to have the Kiwanis International Foundation Board, Executive Director Stan Soderstrom and two past Kiwanis International Presidents show up to show their support.
It was an awesome Kiwanis One Day event that is literally…one for the Books!!!
We would love it if you could help us win $200.00 to the Kiwanis International Store by VOTING for us starting on November 28th by clicking on this link: VOTE FOR US!!!!
And help us spread the word about this wonderful project by letting people know about the Little Free Library! For more information on it – check it out: Naptown Books
The Kiwanis Club of Indy – It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere…is happy to announce that they are going to be sponsoring the Little Free Library known as “Naptown Books”.
This Little Free Library will be located in a beautiful grassy area off of the parking lot of Kiwanis International
On Kiwanis One Day, our club will finish building the Little Free Library, decorate the area, and get it filled with books for anyone to enjoy!!!
Please make sure you check out the website for Naptown Books as well! They will be updating their site with a lot of fun tidbits, activities, weekly book listings, and many other great items! You can find them by clicking here: NAPTOWN BOOKS
We hope you stop by, pick up a book, drop off a book, or even stop by Kiwanis International to learn more about this wonderful organization. Thank you so much!
Each year, Kiwanis clubs around the world join in a day of service. Starting in the 2016–17 administrative year, Kiwanis One Day will be held on the fourth Saturday of October. In 2016, Kiwanis One Day will be observed on October 22.
The Kiwanis International board decided to move the annual Kiwanis One Day observance to October to align with future sponsorship opportunities.
Clubs that held a Kiwanis One Day event in April 2016 are not required to hold a second event this year. Clubs seeking ideas for the October observance could consider participating in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF as a Kiwanis-Key Club event. Clubs that wish to participate in the Legacy of Play contest, held with partner Landscape Structures Inc. can start planning their submission to win US$25,000 worth of playground equipment available in that contest.
Kiwanis One Day is a great opportunity to bring together the Kiwanis family of clubs to focus on local community service. It’s an example of our belief that kids need Kiwanis–kids in the community need Kiwanis to provide programs and services no longer available because of school and municipal budget constraints, and kids who want to be in youth clubs need Kiwanis club members as mentors to help them thrive, prosper and grow.
Our first major service project our club was a “Diaper Dump”. We aksed individuals to donate diapers to our club so that we could donate and delieve them to two very worthwhile places. The first place was the BABE store, an incentive program run by the Marion County Public Health Department. http://www.eskenazihealth.edu/our-services/babe-store
Beds and Britches, Etc. (B.A.B.E.) of Indianapolis is an incentive program run by the Marion County Public Health Department that provides new and used clothing and supplies to pregnant women and children up to age 5. The program distributes coupons to participants, which can be redeemed at a B.A.B.E. store for new and gently used baby essentials.
Please view the B.A.B.E. Store brochure for more information.
We asked them since we would be dropping off diapers was there anything that they needed help on. We wanted to volunteer our time as well as donating to them. They took us up on the offer and several of us one evening meet at the BABE warehouse and packaged diapers, clothing, and blankets for the BABE store. We had a lot of fun doing it and get to learn more about each other during this time. We made it a quick meeting, social time and service all in one night!
The second place we found to donate diapers to was the Julian Center. http://www.juliancenter.org/