2017-2018 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 for adults with developmental disabilities; Builders Club at Hornsby Middle School; K-Kids at Matthew Whaley Elementary School; and Bring Up Grades programs in several 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/

Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.

Website: http://www.bigs4kids.org/site/c.duLUK7OPLnK8E/b.8387877/k.CE2D/Big_Brothers_Big_Sisters_of_the_Greater_Virginia_Peninsula.htm/

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: Williamsburg Youth Baseball League; The ARC of Greater Williamsburg; Kiwanis Southeast Region Fishing Clinic; Cub Scout Pack #1607; 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.