January 31, 2009 in Washington Voices

Kiwanis need your help to help others

By Ronald E. Riel Special to Voice

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In these troubled times, people are hurting. Many children and families who a few months ago felt like they were doing OK, today hang on by threads, and those who were already at risk face even greater hardships, harder choices.

For more than 90 years, Kiwanis has been helping children and communities, and we believe that now is not the time to hunker down, it’s not the time to retreat from responsibility and compassion. Now is the time to lead, to offer people an opportunity to help others.

We believe that now, more than ever, is the time for Kiwanis and we invite and encourage people to join us, to be part of a global service organization where one person – you – can make the difference.

Kiwanis has numerous opportunities for people to get involved, and provides numerous benefits to members – friendship, fellowship, business networking – in addition to the service Kiwanis provides to children and communities. Locally, we are involved with the Book Bank, Lend-A-Crib, Children’s Miracle Network, the Food Bank, Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery, Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, Boy Scouts of America, Special Olympics, Young Life, Upward Basketball, and many other community projects.

We need your hands and your hearts to help those who cannot always help themselves. The more hands we have, the more children and communities we can help.

Please join Kiwanis as we work to change the world for the better, one child and one community at a time. If you want to find a club to help locally, see www.spokanevalleykiwanis.com. For information about Kiwanis, call 1-(800)-Kiwanis or go to www.kiwanis.org.

Please do it today. Our children cannot wait.

Ronald E. Riel is a past Kiwanis Lieutenant Governor and current member of the Spokane Valley Kiwanis.

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