The local chapter of Kiwanis International was the Ilwaco-Long Beach Kiwanis Club, started in 1936 and closed in 2015. Throughout the club's life, the local chapter supported youth needs and activities on the peninsula.
Thanks to archived photos from Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, the banner image on this page is from the early days of the club, in the 1930s on the beach in Seaview, by Charles Fitzpatrick.
When the Kiwanis Club closed, chapter members chose to continue supporting youth activities by establishing an endowed fund with SPCCF. A committee of those members made a recommendation to the Foundation to provide for local youth needs for years to come.
From January 2011, the Ilwaco-Long Beach Kiwanis Club supported the Food4Kids Backpack Program with the Ocean Park United Methodist Church. Their fund continues to support this program.
The Food4Kids Backpack Program at the Ocean Park United Methodist Church receives an annual grant from this endowment. During the 2016-17 school year, more than thirty children at Ocean Park Elementary School received backpacks of quality balanced meals and healthy snacks along with shelf-stable milk and fresh fruit in each backpack for "all children in the family" for the weekend during the school year.
To learn more about this program or become involved, please click on www.oceanparkumc.com/page/food4kids. You may donate directly to it by mailing checks made out to:
Ocean Park United Methodist Church
PO Box 326
Ocean Park, WA 98640
Please note 'Food4Kids' on the memo line.
Donations are also welcome to build the endowment, by following the link below, or by mailing checks made out to:
South Pacific County Community Foundation
PO Box 75
Nahcotta WA 98637
Please note 'Kiwanis Fund' on the memo line.
When donating to this fund with a check, please download and fill out the required contribution form and mail it with your check to the address at the bottom of this form.
Please make checks out to SPCCF, and on the memo line, write the name of the fund you wish to donate to.
Our mailing address is SPCCF, PO Box 75, Nahcotta WA 98637.
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