Almaden Cares is an ongoing effort by
a small group of community members who have joined together as a
response to the many tragic and horrific car accidents involving
teenage drivers. Their goal is to raise the consciousness of pre-teens,
teens and parents regarding the causes of these accidents. They want
everyone who gets behind the wheel of a car (and everyone who rides as
a passenger) to make good decisions about their own safety as well as
the safety of those around them.
Almaden Valley Counseling Service
The Almaden Valley Counseling Service envisions a
community where everyone has access to affordable mental health
counseling. AVCS is a community-based, nonprofit counseling agency
committed to meeting the mental health concerns of all ages, with an
emphasis on youth. AVCS offers a full range of counseling services to
support and promote personal growth, positive family relationships,
and emotional well-being. Kiwanis has adopted them as an ongoing
community partner, helping at the 10k runs, painting
their treatment rooms, and providing financial support.
Bicycle Safety Faires
In a major ongoing effort for preventing pediatric
trauma (part of Kiwanis' broader Pediatric Trauma Programs),
Almaden Valley Kiwanis purchased high quality
bicycle/skateboard/scooter helmets and helped fit them to the
attendees, in addition to providing safety materials and safety
Bill Wilson Center
In conjunction with Pioneer Key Club and Simonds' K-Kids club, over
1,300 items were collected in Nov. 2010 as part of a "Coat Drive". The items
benefitted the drop-ins at the Bill Wilson Center.
Almaden Valley Kiwanis hosts an annual February blood drive for the American Red
Cross, recruiting donors and assisting at the canteen.
Family Giving Tree
The Family Giving Tree Elves envision a world where every child feels like
a valuable part of their community through a national belief in the
power of giving. Each year, club members help Leland Key Club get hundreds
of gifts to the donation location, as well as directly purchasing gifts
for children in need.
Habitat For Humanity
Habitat for Humanity Silicon Valley, an affiliate of Habitat for
Humanity International, transforms families and strengthens
communities by partnering with volunteers, the community, and
qualified families with low incomes, by building decent, affordable
housing for long-term home ownership. Almaden Kiwanians help with construction
whenver we can get an appointment slot.
Almaden Valley Kiwanis and other
community volunteers sorted a warehouse full of clothing to help ease
the distribution process. We're looking forward to any other opportunities
that might come along to work with them.
Patís Run is
the signature fundraising event for the Pat Tillman Foundation, a
national leader in providing resources and educational scholarship
support to veterans, active servicemembers and their dependents. Pat
was a native of Almaden prior to moving to Arizona for college. This
run is no longer held in Almaden and is now solely in Arizona.
Jacob Wiebe's Buddies League is an ongoing effort by the Almaden Valley
Youth Soccer League to offer a
community-based soccer program that is designed to meet the needs of
children ages 4 to 19 with physical and/or mental disabilities.
Almaden Valley Kiwanis has assisted at their opening all-play day and
at the end-of-the-season extravaganza.
Valley Medical Center pediatric clinic
Almaden Valley Kiwanis is coordinating a community-wide
effort to repaint and beautify 48 exam rooms in
In addition to
pages, we have two other pages with lots of information about this incredible
- this one is general information for anyone
wanting to know what the project's about and how they can help
- this one is a detailed look at the project,
for either people who want to see everything we did, or people who want to
do their own mural-painting project. (Biggest hint I can give you: do
not paint over Sharpie lines; they bleed through paint and polyurethane.)
Division (San Jose) projects
Holiday Food Drive
In conjunction with the other Kiwanis clubs
of Division 12, Almaden Valley Kiwanis collects food at a local
grocery store for the holidays. Each year we get a different store
to work with!
The Kiwanis Special
Games, hosted and organized by Division 34 with assistance from
Division 12 (including Almaden Valley), is an all-day Special
Olympics-type event where student athletes from around Santa Clara
County participate in a variety of modified sports activities, winning
ribbons for their efforts. It has been going on for over 33 years.
Since 2003, the Kiwanis Club of
Almaden Valley has given scholarships to young people who are rarely
awarded scholarships. Although they may not have excelled in school
initially, after confronting difficulties, from drug addiction to
learning disabilities, to family problems or any one of a host of
well-documented problems that can throw students off-course, they have
turned their academic work around and are now preparing to attend or
are attending college or specialized career training. These
scholarships were started 30 years ago by the East San Jose Kiwanis
club and are now supported by many local Kiwanis clubs in the Bay Area
including Almaden Valley.
District (California-Nevada-Hawaii) projects
Kiwanis One Day
Each year, Kiwanis clubs set aside one day for a giant project that includes
all the members of our Kiwanis family: Key Clubs, Circle-K Clubs, Builders Clubs,
K-Kids Clubs, and Aktion Clubs. The projects are usually a large outdoor
event; in the past, we've cleaned up Guadalupe River, weeded at Alum Rock
Park, and spread mulch at the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden.
The Eliminate Project
Kiwanis and UNICEF have joined forces to eradicate Maternal And Neonatal
Tetanus. This is the second time we will eliminate a medical problem from
the face of the planet (the first being Iodine Deficiency Disorder). This
is an ambitious 5-year project to raise $110 million to innoculate 100
million mothers and their future babies from tetanus spores.