What We Support

Our Club Partners with…

  • Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp (outdoor program for intellectually challenged and/or physically  disabled young adults)
  • Kiwanis Doernbecher Children’s Cancer Program (fellowships for Physicians specializing in Pediatric Oncology & Hematology)
  • Markham School Literacy Program (purchasing books for Central Library)
  • Neighborhood House (non-profit serving the needs of our local communities)
  • Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. (non-profit neighborhood association)

Our Club Sponsors…

  • Wilson High School Key Club Leadership Program
  • Lake Oswego High School Key Club Leadership Program

Projects and Programs We Support:

Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp-  Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp provides intellectually disabled youth and young adults with a unique opportunity to attend summer camp. The Camp’s facilities are specially designed to facilitate individuals with intellectual and physical challenges. The Camp provides one-on-one supervision for each camper. For many campers, this is their only opportunity to experience the joys of summer camp. The SW Hills Kiwanis Club has supported the Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp for over 60 years. Our support includes both direct cash donations, and participation in the Camp’s various fundraising events. For more information about the Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp visit mhkc.org or contact Charlene Dickinson at allan4418@msn.com

Kiwanis Doernbecher Children’s Cancer Program (KDCCP)- The Doernbecher Children’s Hospital is Oregon’s highly regarded pediatric medical facility. The SW Hills Kiwanis Club, in association with other area Kiwanis clubs, supports the Kiwanis Doernbecher Children’s Cancer Program. The Program funds two annual fellowships in the fields of pediatric oncology and hematology.  Our club fundraises and collects personal donations from members throughout the year, to support this important cause. Visit kiwanisdoernbecher.org or contact John Brookens, KDCCP President at johnbrookens@msn.com for more information.

Key Club- Like Kiwanis, Key Clubs are dedicated to supporting and facilitating charitable and community activities. Key Clubs membership is limited to high school students, and the clubs are generally organized within participating high schools. Key Club members volunteer for a variety of events such as food drives, park clean-ups, and many other activities. The Key Club organization is affiliated with Kiwanis, and each Key Club has a sponsoring Kiwanis Club. The SW Hills Kiwanis Club sponsors two Key Clubs, one at Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School and the other at Lake Oswego High School. The Key Club is a part of the Kiwanis International family of “Service Leadership Programs” that encourages inclusivity and leadership through serving others. To learn more about our Key Club program, contact Jim Crouser, Kiwanis Key Club  Advisor at Wells-Barnett High School at jcrouser1@gmail.com or Joyce Handa, Kiwanis Key Club Advisor at Lake Oswego High School at joycemhanda@gmail.com 

Markham School– Markham is a local elementary school in the Portland Public School District. In October 2019, our the SW Hills Kiwanis Club sponsored the acquisition of over 200 new books for Markham’s Library. Each title was individually selected by students and approved by Librarian Kirsten Truman (also a Kiwanis member).  Kiwanians also volunteered to work with students to improve their reading skills. During the 2020 – 21 school year, Markham has not been open to students, but Kirsten has developed a read at home program allowing students to drop by the school, and pick up books. Our Club has continued its support of the Markham Library by donating to the read at home program. Members of our Club believe that literacy is very important to each child, and to our society as a whole. Visit Markham School online or contact Kristen Truman at ktruman@pps.net to find out how you can help support the literacy program. 

Neighborhood House- Neighborhood House, Inc. is a nonprofit charitable organization that brings neighbors together to reduce hunger and homelessness, while strengthening our community by providing resources with dignity to people of all ages and backgrounds. Neighborhood House projects include providing a local food pantry, and running both a senior center and a preschool for low-income families, all in the Multnomah/Hillsdale area of southwest Portland. In recent years, the SW Hills Kiwanis Club has developed a partnership with Neighborhood House, participating in food drives and supporting various fund raising events. Visit nhpdx.org  or contact Ellen Field, Neighborhood House Community Engagement Coordinator at efield@nhpdx.org  for information on how you can support neighbors in need.

Southwest Neighborhoods Inc. (SWNI)- SWNI is a nonprofit organization that empowers public participation in civic affairs, and the improvement of the character and livability of neighborhoods. The SW Hills Kiwanis Club partners with SWNI, to advance the livability of southwest Portland. Visit swni.org  or contact Sylvia Bogert Executive Director, SWNI, at sylvia@swni.org for information on how you can support our local neighborhoods.

Annual Club Sponsored Events:

Multnomah Day Festival (August 15, 2021)- Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast from 8:00-11:00 a.m. with location TBA (before the annual parade)

Halloween (October 31, 2021)- Trick-or-Treating in the Multnomah Village from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Breakfast With Santa (December 5, 2021)- Hosted by Kiwanis Club of SW Hills from 8:00-11:00 a.m. at Lucky Lab (Capitol Highway location)

Due to the pandemic, these events may be canceled in 2021.

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