Kiwanis Club presenting grants to youth groups

By Gary Alan Ruse….

Pictured (l-r) are George Lucas and Cutler Bay Councilmember Sue Ellen Loyzelle, Kiwanis members; Daniel Salerno, president, Kiwanis Club of Miami, and MaryAngela White and Juan Nunez who receive $10,000 for the YMCA of Greater Miami youth programs.

The Kiwanis Club of Miami’s Youth Foundation announced on Nov. 13 that it has funds available for youth recreational organizations.

The service organization is seeking proposals from qualified 501(c)(3) organizations or public charities to provide community-based services in the areas of youth recreational programming or recreational capital improvements/purchases.

Cutler Bay Seat 2 Councilmember Sue Ellen Loyzelle wants to get the word out to the public about this program.

“The Cutler Bay community as well as many other communities have benefited from the grants from the Kiwanis Club of Miami, of which I am a member,” Loyzelle said. “The deadline for the grant application is Dec. 16.”

Support is provided through the Paul Zee Memorial Fund, created by the Kiwanis Club of Miami in 2002. The fund has awarded more than $700,000 to community groups such as the Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCA of Greater Miami, Perrine Baseball and Softball Association, Cutler Ridge Soccer, Junior Orange Bowl, Dade Marine Institute, and United Cerebral Palsy Association for recreational facilities and activities for area children.

Eligible agencies may download the grant application by visiting the Kiwanis website at Organizations receiving funds from the Paul Zee Memorial Fund must qualify as 501(c)(3), community based charities, which serve youth and youth activities.

The Kiwanis Club of Miami, chartered in 1921, has a program of youth and community service, which it has continued throughout the years. Kiwanis has been instrumental in sponsoring Key Clubs throughout Miami-Dade County’s high schools with the goal of building leadership and service in our youth.

For more information about the Kiwanis Club of Miami, contact Daniel Salerno, president, at 305-264-2221.

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