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Northside Naples Kiwanis Foundation Inc

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Causes: Philanthropy, Private Independent Foundations

Mission: To promote the common good for the children and families of the collier county community, holding of special events with the excess revenues to be presented as scholarships and donations to deserving high school students and organizations

Target demographics: Our main focus is on Children

Direct beneficiaries per year: Hundreds of children and families.

Geographic areas served: Collier County, Florida, Naples and surrounding areas.

Programs: Christmas in immokalee event which is conducted on christmas day to feed 3000-4000 adults and children

Farm city bbq tickets are sold by members. Of every $20 ticket sold, $15 is given back to the foundation to be used for our service leadership programs (key clubs, builders clubs and k-kids club).

the foundation members help to volunteer at

service leadership programs - northside naples kiwanis foundatin supports service leadership programs in elementary, middle and high schools in north naples, fl. Service leadership programs are designed to foster service and leadership skills in children and young adults

family to family, llc is a charity supporting families who have moved out of shelter by giving them clothes, furniture, household goods to rebuild a sense of home and family

protected harbor is a home constructed to accommodate developmently disabled adults from lee and collier counties, fl. The northside naples kiwanis foundation along with key club members helps to decorate the home and bake cookies with the residents at christmastime and purchases tickets to attend annual prayer breakfast.

thanksgiving baskets - funds are provided to key club members to go out with adult kiwanians to purchase food for thanksgiving baskets for needy families in collier county, fl. grants and scholarships provided to assist community families

Many other miscellaneous donations to charities such as Meals of Hope which support children and families

Community Stories

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Northside Naples Kiwanis Foundation is an exceptional organization, filled with people of all ages, backgrounds, business professionals and retirees. This diverse group of dedicated men and women have just one united purpose: To help children in need, both individually and in large numbers. From helping supply one classroom teacher with much needed supplies for her children , to helping several thousand homeless and near homeless children with individually chosen back to school clothing and school supplies to get them off to a good start. For over 30 years this club has held Christmas events for thousands of children and their parents, supplying meals and gifts for everyone. The joy each member feels when helping needy kids or sharing the joy of philanthropy with volunteer students is far more fulfilling than the time, talent and treasure members offer. This club is simply outstanding.

Jeanette I.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Serving children is Kiwanis everyday, not just during special events or fund raising. As a member of Kiwanis for 32 years this year, I find great satisfaction knowing I make a difference in 203 children's lives. Every Kiwanis member represents service for that many children. That's why we need more members, volunteers and people that enjoy helping children around the world as well as around the corner. Here is one of our K-Kids reaching out to those in nursing homes during COVID-19.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Please share a story how you love our Northside Naples Kiwanis Foundation and the Great work we do for our local community.
See our Video Christmas In Immokalee 2017, this Project won us an International Kiwanis Award for the Florida State District “ Signature Project” of the year.
Two ISO’s from past years and multiple Holiday events.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a m ember of North Side Naples Kiwanis for 10 years and am a Past President of the organization. North Side was chartered in 1984 and began serving the community immediately, a founding Jack Silk along with an Immokalee citizen began a project of providing a hot meal for migrant workers at Christmas. Today that project is our signature project and has evolved into giving presents to children at Christmas and even Santa and Mrs. Claus attend. We have continued with the meal and have entertainment and other activities for the children.
We are involved in the school system with our Terrific Kids and K-Kids program in the elementary school, Builders Club in a Middle School and three (3) key Clubs in our High Schools.
We are involved in other community projects such as Thanksgiving Baskets of food to needy families, working with Meals of Hope with food distribution every month to needy families, our Christmas In July project which provides clothing, school supplies and extra stuff for school children and we support a teacher in the school system with supplies for her class.
More recently we started two (2) Action Clubs, which help adult developmental challenged persons. Also, we help when disaster strikes and families need assistance.
Our club is built on an abundance of TEAMWORK and our motto is "IF EVERYONE DOES A
LITTLE, NO ONE HAS TO DO A LOT"
Hopefully you will consider our organization for a grant. Thank You, Jim Dougher , PP

1 Alexandra Janz Immobilienmaklerin F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love to be a member of this awesome nonprofit foundation. Northside Naples Kiwanis does so many beautiful things for Children. All Members are volunteers. Great experience!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Northside Naples Kiwanis cares for the community's benefits for all children. Projects are designed to help homeless children, hungry children,single parent, supports school activities for elementary, middle and high schools to teach community services. Kiwanis supports children all around the world. We support Meals of Hope and work at the food truck.

1

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have been a high school Key Club advisor for the last 12 years with Northside Naples Kiwanis, and during that time I have had the privledge of mentoring young adults and helping them become aware of their community responsibilities. We guide these young people with training in public speaking, organizational skills, leadership skills, and in building community partnerships. We are also able to offer the Key Club officiers with scholarships to assist them with their college education. They are a blessing to our club members as we also learn from them! I cannot say enough about the wonderful young people we at Northside Naples Kiwanis have had the privledge of working with these last 12 years!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

You see them everywhere; selling snowcones at local festivals, reading to elementary school children, handing out water at charity walks, or Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF. The young people you see doing all these great community activities are members of Key Club. As a long time Kiwanis Advisor for Key Club, I am always amazed at their commitment to serve others. These young people are so full of positive energy, genuine willingness and sincerity in donating their time to community events, that it is truly inspiring. They willingly give up their Saturday mornings and evenings to help with community events such as Spooktacular on 5th Avenue, the "Autism Speaks" walk, and our annual "Thanksgiving Basket" project for needy families. I am so proud of their desire to help young children have a better tomorrow! The Kiwanis Club of Northside Naples proudly sponsor not only three high school Key Clubs, but also two middle school Builders Clubs, one elementary school K-Kids, one Aktion Club, and a Terrific Kids program! Mentoring these young people give us hope for the future of our country!

1 Joseph C.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I, Joseph Cofield, President Constitution For The People, would like to share one of the most moving movement of our 2018 - 2019 school year. After following Hurricane Irma and other disasters across Florida and the entire nation, I must say that I am so thankful that the Northside Naples Kiwanis Foundation, Inc. cared enough to help fund our Constitution Project with $750.00 and equally important putting our project on their Northside Naples Kiwanis Club website.

The impact of this act of kindness is truly priceless. The contribution of $750.00 made it possible for 750 deserving fifth grade students to receive a personal copy of the United States Constitution Booklet. The kindness did not stop with the 750 deserving students but rather as well as make a positive difference in our Mission: To give each 5th grade student in Florida their very own copy of the United States Constitution Booklet.

As you can see from the attached pictures, the Constitution For The People, Inc. is striving to make a difference in the lives of our children.

Joseph L. Cofield
President
Constitution For The People, Inc.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

There is no feeling like helping a child in need. Regardless of the community you live in, there will always be those children who somehow "slip through the cracks" and do not have the proper clothing, school supplies or love needed to prosper and grow. The Northside Naples Kiwanis Club is a group of volunteers who strive (every day) to improve the lives of these kids through their continual fundraising and giving back to their community. Volunteer with this Kiwanis club just one time, and you will never be able to "wipe the smile off of your face."

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Every dollar raised by this organization is funneled back into the community for the benefit of "at risk" children. There are no salaries for administration. Funds are used to feed, clothe, educate and celebrate children.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great history of supporting the children in the community and the world. No salaries are taken.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Northside Naples Kiwanis Foundation is an exceptional organization, filled with people of all ages, backgrounds, business professionals and retirees. This diverse group of dedicated men and women have just one united purpose: To help children in need, both individually and in large numbers. From helping supply one classroom teacher with much needed supplies for her children , to helping several thousand homeless and near homeless children with individually chosen back to school clothing and school supplies to get them off to a good start. For over 30 years this club has held Christmas events for thousands of children and their parents, supplying meals and gifts for everyone. The joy each member feels when helping needy kids or sharing the joy of philanthropy with volunteer students is far more fulfilling than the time, talent and treasure members offer. This club is simply outstanding.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a guest speaker. The meeting was so much fun and so interesting, with people talking about so many upcoming events in which they were helping children, that I joined the club. The first experience I had with Northside Naples Kiwanis Foundation was helping with their annual Christmas day project "Christmas in Immokalee". 3-4,000 impoverished children and adults were fed, given holiday gifts, and had family photos taken -- their most precious gift in many cases. I took many photos that day to share with future volunteers. It was an honor to meet these wonderful guests at our event, and a privilege to be part of the hundreds who have volunteered in one capacity or the other for over 30 years in this event.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a former teacher, I was looking for volunteer options that helped children.
Northside Naples has programs that help all ages of students and in many different ways throughout the school year. They have clubs in schools that help children develop confidence, learn to volunteer, and gain many skills that will enable them to become successful adults. They support Meals of Hope and other nonprofits which address other childhood needs in the community. I have seen first hand their Christmas in Immokalee celebration which provides gifts, photos, a meal and has other fun activities to brighten needy children’s holidays. They are also involved with Christmas in July which is another event that helps needy families with school supplies, clothing items, and other items that will give a their kids a good start toward having a successful school year.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Great club, Great people, Projects help many children and adults who are in need. This club supports, supervises and encourages several kids organizations that are connected to Kiwanis International. 3 Key Clubs (high school) Builders clubs and K kids clubs. Monthly during the school year we identify 2 students at one elementary school as Terrific Kids and Showcase them and give them gifts for being Terrific Kids. We have a signature project Christmas in Immokalee for Migrant worker children and have been feeding them and their parents, give out toys etc. Have been doing this for over 30 years. Whenever a need is presented to us, we find a way to fill it.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Northside Naples is the absolute standard of Kiwanis clubs. My family has been involved with them for over 20 years. I've personally seen their incredible growth, passion for everything, and overall love from every member. They are a family. These amazing people dedicate their time to hands-on helping. It is beautiful to see. I'd nominate them a million times over if I could. I believe in this club and all that they do. You cannot ask for a more compassionate organization of people.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For several years, we volunteered to work at Christmas in Immokalee, a project of Northside Naples Kiwanis. We were so touched by the heartfelt joy and thanks of the recipients and the comradery of the participants, last year we decided to join the Club. We feel privileged to be associated with an organization who does so much good for the community, especially the children.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Northside Naples Kiwanis Foundation helped the Chokoloskee , Florida community after being severely affected by Hurricane Irma. The club members immediately went to work to provide water, food and diapers to residents of the area. Members also helped with distributing food to the residents.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Northside Naples Kiwanis is amazing! They are always willing to help, volunteering both time and financial support. They also provided much-needed and deeply appreciated art and school supplies for our students. We cannot thank them enough for their generosity!