Non-Profit Spotlight - Kiwanis Club
For over 50 years, the Kiwanis Club of Fort Atkinson has been serving the Fort Atkinson community. The club is part of Kiwanis International, a global organization dedicated to improving the lives of children, one child, and one community at a time. Our local club supports and empowers our community to make a lasting difference in the lives of children and families by passionately pursuing volunteerism, service and fundraising for causes that align with this mission. The Kiwanis Club of Fort Atkinson consists of 36 local, caring, and compassionate community leaders.
The club routinely organizes various events throughout the year, including their annual Wilbur Sundt Scholarship Raffle and Pancake Day Breakfast every December. These two events are the club’s primary fundraisers, and proceeds raised from them have been used to fund a scholarship for students, as well as provide funding for several youth and community-based programs. While these events were cancelled in 2020 due to concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, their Fundraising Committee came up with a new and innovative way to transform their fundraising efforts. In January, the club launched its first ever “Bids for Kids” online auction. Raising just over $3,900, the online auction aided the club in achieving their fundraising goals safely, and allowed them to continue to support children in the Fort Atkinson community at time it was needed most.
The club is still reviewing their 2021 fundraising efforts, but plans to keep the community apprised of any events as circumstances change. Club members are working with the Fort Atkinson Police Department on a service related effort to promote literacy and community trust in law enforcement. The club plans to launch a social campaign hinged on a series of videos of local Police Officers reading children’s books featuring officers and their canine companions. The campaign will allow Kiwanis to connect with kids and the community, promote healthy reading habits, and help children develop a positive relationship with law enforcement- all done virtually while navigating the pandemic. While the campaign has not officially debuted, the club is excited about continuing to move the project forward!
The Fort Atkinson Kiwanis Club is currently meeting virtually. Meetings take place on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about Kiwanis, attending a future meeting, or looking for ways to get involved, please contact Ryan Huber, Membership Chair, at 608-449-0440.