2016-2017 Financial Grants of the Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg

Thanks to our Kiwanis Family volunteers and local businesses, who provide sponsorship, our Kiwanis Club is able to give 100% of the net proceeds to local organizations in support of their efforts with children in the community. Part of the proceeds also support our club's Service Leadership Programs (William & Mary CKI, Jamestown, Lafayette, and Walsingham Key Clubs, the Aktion Club, Kkids & Bring Up Grades programs in elementary schools).

Avalon provides shelter and support to those experiencing domestic violence and sexual assault in the Greater Williamsburg area. By offering tools for safety, self sufficiency, and empowerment, Avalon works to break the cycle of abuse and helps create a positive future..

Website: http://www.avaloncenter.org/

Our mission is to provide services to young people and families affected by substance abuse and/or mental health issues.

Website: http://baconstreet.org/

Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center improves the quality of life for individuals with physical, emotional, and developmental needs by providing evidence-based therapeutic riding, equine assisted activities and advancing effective practices through professional education and research.

Each year, Dream Catchers provides more than 4,000 therapeutic riding lessons to help children and adults with special needs reach their potential and make their dreams come true.

Website: http://dreamcatchers.org/

The United Way of Greater Williamsburg (UWGW) operates a housing initiative called Home for Good. This permanent housing program provides needed tools and resources to homeless families in the Greater Williamsburg community, which allows them to move from precarious housing situations, such as hotels and motels to stable residences.

Website: http://www.uwgw.org/home-for-good/

The Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg also provides financial support to the following organizations: Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters (CHKD), Williamsburg Youth Baseball League, The ARC of Greater Williamsburg, and the William & Mary swim and diving squads annual James River Swim to benefit the American Cancer Society.

The needs in our community are greater than ever before and the amount of funds available to support those needs have been decreasing. All service clubs and foundations struggle to meet the needs of so many worthy causes that depend on charitable giving for their operating budgets and survival of some of their programs.