Our club is involved in a variety of projects that involve fundraising, community service, and assisting children locally and worldwide. Below are the projects in which we are currently involved:
Little Free Library - The club put up and maintains a Little Free Library, a book exchange where anyone can "take a book, leave a book" on Pine Point Road in Scarborough, near the Eastern Trail.
Kids Fishing Derby - Usually held the first Saturday in May at Bayleys Camping Resort, Scarborough. This is our largest fundraiser and a great day for parents and children to spend time together outdoors.
High school scholarships - Each year the club gives four scholarships to graduating seniors at Scarborough High School. Awards are based on the students' service to school and community. Past recipients have devoted countless hours to organizations such as church groups, the Maine Veterans' Home, Key Club, Partners for World Health, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Scarborough High's Buddy System, the Center for Grieving Children, and Maine Medical Center.
Service Leadership Programs - Scarborough Kiwanis sponsors Service Leadership Programs in local schools, including K-Kids (grades 3-5), Builders Club (grades 6-8), and Key Club (high school).
Operation Cupid - With members of the sponsored youth groups, club members put together Valentines for local veterans.
Holiday cards - Club members sign and deliver holiday cards to residents at local facilities, including the Maine Veterans Home and Pine Point Center.
Young Children Priority One - Each year, the club donates books "to keep" to every first grader in the Scarborough schools. The club has also donated books to Portland's Riverton School.
Starting in 2018, the club will also donate books for the Scarborough Schools Food Backpack Program. Club members consistently donate money and food to this program, which sends home backpacks full of food before school holidays.
The club prepares "child safety kits" for new parents and delivers them to Maine Medical Center.
In lieu of giving gifts to our lunch speakers, the club has each speaker sign a children's book, which is later delivered to the Barbara Bush Childrens Hospital at Maine Medical Center. We also donated "Cubby Bears" to both Barbara Bush Childrens Hospital and Family Crisis Services.
"Hero of the Quarter" - the club recognizes public safety officers, educators, and volunteers for outstanding service to the community.
Other fundraisers include selling mums and poinsettias, and selling our delicious burgers and hot dogs at local events including the Kids Fishing Derby, Touch a Truck, and Scarborough Summerfest.
Other 2017 service projects - Red Cross blood drive, Toiletry Drive for Family Crisis Services, donations of food to the Scarborough Food Backpack Program, Scarborough Food Pantry (including over 100 turkeys at Thanksgiving, thanks to a grant from the Walmart Foundation, and hams at Easter).
Scarborough Kiwanis is proud to be a model club for Kiwanis International's Eliminate Project. We have achieved "Platinum Level," which recognizes clubs whose members have donated an average of $1,500.00 or more per member, saving more than 800 lives per member from maternal neonatal tetanus.