All-Acess Play Ground at the Moraga Commons - Assisted Moraga Rotary with the installation of the play structures.
Shelter Inc Painting - We are retexturing and painting walls in two rooms at the Shelter Inc. facility in Pittsburg. In a meeting room, one wall will have a coating that will make it a white board to help facilitate meetings and in the other children’s play room one wall will be prepared for them to draw a map of the world. Shelter Inc. helps families and individuals who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless by assisting with rental costs and providing emergency and permanent housing.
Pear Harvesting - In the Fall we recruited community volunteers and pitch in as well to harvest pears in three orchards in Moraga. The pears are then donated to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano Counties.
Diapers For Infants - For the last 6 years the Moraga Valley Kiwanis club has donated diapers to non profit social agencies serving families in need. This project is led by Donations Chairman, Bob Reynolds, and staffed by many club members. This year 7,500 diapers were delivered to the Monument Crisis Center, Shelter Inc., Contra Costa Interfaith Housing, Visiting Nurses and Bay Area Crisis Nursery. These kinds of donations are funded by our club’s community fund raising efforts including our holiday See’s candy sales and springtime lobster fest dinner.
Used Book Sale - Worked with members of Boy Scout Troop 246, we moved boxes of books into place and then assisted with both the set-up and close out for the semi-annual used book sale of the Friends of the Moraga Library. Proceeds supported the Moraga Library.
Daffodil Planting - Ever wonder why each Spring as you drive along Moraga Road daffodils "spring" up? Continuing a long-standing tradition, this year our Kiwanis team planted 1,600 daffodil bulbs alongside Moraga Road, north of the skate park, on Saturday, November 18, with a 4-member contingent planting 400 additional bulbs at the driveway entrance into the Hacienda off of Donald Drive. We hope the community will enjoy the fruits of this project come Spring when those lovely yellow blossoms emerge from the ground.
Moraga Post Office Food Drive - We provided volunteers to assist the letter carriers with their annual food drive in support of the Food Bank. As the letter carriers return from their routes, we assist them in unloading bags of groceries from generous Moraga residents, into bins which are picked up by the Food Bank.
Jumpies and Victuals - At the Fourth of July and Pear Festival events at the Moraga Commons, we arranged for and administered the bounce house concession (also known as the "jumpies") and provided volunteers to grill hamburgers and chicken breast fillets. Proceeds, as always, go to our deserving community organizations.
So far in 2018,
Xenophon Winter Clean Up - We helped the Xenophon Therapeutic Riding Center in Orinda with their Winter clean up. We visited with Kiwi (short for Kiwanis) the horse that we helped them acquire several years ago. Xenophon, located in the hills of Orinda, offers life-changing experiences for children with a wide range of disabilities.