The Kiwanis Club of Miami, one of the oldest Kiwanis clubs in Florida, recently donated $140,000 to 13 charities for sports and recreational programs throughout South Florida and they did so in true pandemic style — over Zoom.
During the past 21 years, the Kiwanis Club of Miami has distributed $1.8 million through its Miami Kiwanis Youth Foundation. This year’s $140,000 total is the largest single year donation in the club’s history.
“We are keenly aware of the challenges that all of us face this year but even more acutely in the charitable community,” said Chuck Little, treasurer, Kiwanis Club of Miami. “We’re blessed to be able to do our part to jump start their efforts to provide the best recreational activities we can for our youth.”
Founded in 1921, Kendall-based Kiwanis Club of Miami has been distributing funds for youth sports and recreational activities since 2000. Paul Zee, a South Florida contractor and longtime member of the club, left money in his will to fund the Miami Kiwanis Youth Foundation.
Organizations receiving grants this year were: Homestead YMCA, Junior Orange Bowl Committee, Boys’ & Girls’ Clubs of Miami-Dade, Optimist Foundation of Greater Goulds, Peace Education Foundation, Kiwanis Club of Little Havana Foundation, Good Hope Equestrian Training Center, Children’s Resource Center, Richmond Perrine Optimist Club, Community Habilitation WOW Center, Optimist Club of Ives Estates, Kids for Kids Inc. and Cutler Ridge Soccer Club.
The Kiwanis Club of Miami, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary next year, is part of Kiwanis International, a global community of clubs, members and partners dedicated to improving the lives of children one community at a time. With more than 7,000 clubs in 80 countries representing more than 550,000 members, Kiwanis clubs host nearly 150,000 service projects each year.
For more information on the Kiwanis Club of Miami, call Chuck Little, 786-546-3386 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.