The Waynesville Kiwanis Club was named a recipient of the Governor’s Volunteer Award this spring, and will be receiving the certificate on Aug. 4.

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, the club will meet via Zoom, at which time John Chicoine with the Haywood Senior Resources Center, will present the award.

The Governor’s Volunteer Service Award honors the spirit of volunteerism by recognizing individuals, groups and businesses that make a significant contribution to their community through volunteer service.

The 69-year-old Kiwanis Club of Waynesville is one of 20 Governor’s Volunteer Award recipients across the state.

“Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers, dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time,” the club said in its award application. “Kiwanis volunteers conduct service projects throughout the year and annually allocate grants to schools, teachers and youth serving organizations in Haywood County.”

In 2019, the Waynesville Kiwanis donated over 2,000 service hours.

Kiwanis specific service projects include the 5th Grade Spelling Bee, Dictionary Distribution (600+) to all third graders, Tuscola and Pisgah High School Key Clubs, Western North Carolina University Circle K Club, July 4th Children’s Parade, the Waynesville Winter Holiday Parade and Spring Fling which is done in partnership with Waynesville Recreation Center where more than 1,000 children participate at no cost. In addition, they sponsor the Aktion Club for 26 developmentally disabled adults who have their own projects serving the community.

Local community partners regularly reach out to their club for support. This past year included Clothes to Kids, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Cops and Kids, Altrusa’s Soup and Cornbread event, Salvation Army Bell Ringing and the Folkmoot Festival where Kiwanis lines Main Street with International flags. Kiwanis also supports various faith-based service activities including Haywood Pathways Center and Haywood Christian Ministry.

In 2019, the Waynesville Kiwanis Club allocated $35,286 in grants along with conducting service projects to support education and youth-serving organizations in Haywood County.

The Kiwanis Club was a strong partner in the planning, fundraising and project execution in the recent establishment of the new All Abilities Playground at the Waynesville Parks and Recreation and Kiwanis Playground Park.

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