KIWANIS BESTING COVID-19
The Kiwanis Club of Greater Ocean Pines-Ocean City faced the ongoing challenge to fundraising, community service projects and operations due to COVID-19 in 2020 and 2021. No more of the fundraisers like the three annual Pancake Breakfasts, Ethnic Dinners, Wine Tasting with Silent Auction, because facilities were not available nor was the permission to have large groups. So,” Zoom” meetings twice a month.
The club found a new way to raise funds with its “Annual Lottery Raffle”. 1000 tickets numbered #000 through #999 are sold for $20 each entitling the purchaser 365 chances to win all year, based on Maryland “Pick 3” daily evening drawing. Funds raised benefit local youth. It will be repeated in 2022 with tickets sales starting this Spring for 2022 drawings..
The Kiwanis Club of Greater OP-OC sponsors 5 student Kiwanis Clubs in local schools Two are K-Kids at Buckingham and Showell Elementary, two are Builders Clubs at Berlin Intermediate and Stephen Decatur Middle Schools and one is a Key Club at Stephen Decatur High School. Additionally, the club sponsors an AKTION Club for adults with disabilities located at Worcester County Developmental Center (WCDC).
Yearly, scholarships are awarded to local graduating senior students. Lately, scholarships totaled $15,000. In order to raise additional funds to meet that total for June 2021, there have been yard sales, selling of masks for COVID-19 protection, haircuts done outdoors by a local hairdresser sharing her profits and a new event known as “Karwanis”, to occur Saturday May 29th , 10 AM until 2 PM at the Ocean Pines Veterans Memorial. Participant registration is $15 beginning 9AM. at Buckingham and Showell
"Karwanis" means Kiwanis car shows, done by the clubs in Division 5 of the Capital District, comprised of clubs on the Maryland-Delaware-Virginia Eastern Shore. Members of other clubs help to staff each show and reciprocate participation. Objectives of 'Karwanis' are fundraising and exposure to inform exactly what Kiwanis is and provide the opportunity to increase membership.
Besides fundraising, the OP-OC club did important community service projects: Two annual Food Drives to support local food banks, the annual Coat and Toy Drives. The generosity netted the over 300 coats, three SUV’s full of toys and over 3000 pounds of food, all delivered to local agencies to help those in need.
That’s an overview of what a club can do if it keeps going and comes up with ways to get things done. It’s important to note the local free media was extremely important to the success of all projects. Innovate, promote and get it done!
See Kiwanis Club of Ocean Pines/Ocean City on Facebook the website www.kiwanisofopoc.org.