The Biscayne Bay Kiwanis Club, one of South Florida’s most active, involved community service organizations, recently took residents and clients of United Cerebral Palsy-Miami on an outing to Zoo Miami.
More than 40 UCP consumers and staff joined Kiwanis Club members and their families on the annual outing.
“This is something our consumers look forward to every year,” said Aileen Phelan, UCP-Miami’s director social services for Adult Day Programs. “Their interaction with the Kiwanis Club members and seeing the wonders of the zoo make this a fun, memorable day for them.”
The zoo experience for the UCP-Miami group includes a guided tram ride throughout the zoo, featuring many behind-the-scenes activities not normally av ailable to the general public, and lunch. The event included a special stop to feed the giraffes.
“Giraffe feeding is definitely one of the highlights of the day,” said the Hon. Jeff Rosinek, former president and longtime member of the Biscayne Bay Kiwanis Club who coordinates the annual zoo outing. “It is a pleasure for us to have UCP-Miami as our guests and see the smiles on their faces when they see all the animals at Zoo Miami.”
The 66-year-old Biscayne Bay Kiwanis Club is an all-volunteer organization of professional men and women based in downtown Miami dedicated to improving the lives and brightening the future of disadvantaged children in Overtown, Allapattah and Midtown Miami.
Some of the club’s noteworthy ongoing service projects include: reading with elementary school students; providing a fully paid college scholarship to a deserving high school senior; distributing school uniforms, supplies and backpacks to children in need; providing guided tours of the Everglades and field trips to local attractions, museums and sporting events for children in shelters and public housing; feeding the homeless, and providing three months of free summer swim lessons at Gibson Park.
For more information on the Biscayne Bay Kiwanis or their upcoming service projects, send email to Biscaynebaykiwanis@gmail.com or phone/text 305-814-2225.