What We Do

Besides annual projects such as the Salmon Tournament and Santa Depot, Tri-Cities Kiwanis has several other projects and organizations that we partner with.

If your organization is interested in receiving funds or other support from Tri-Cities Kiwanis, please download this form. Submit to the address on the bottom of the form.

Are you in to volunteering for good causes in your community? Do you like helping kids, having fun and feeling like you made a difference? Join us at a meeting or event to see what we’re all about. Tri-Cities Kiwanis membership is open to all adults in the Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Ferrysburg area. Membership dues are $125 per year. Members may also choose to purchase lunch at our meetings, usually $5 per week. Contact us with your questions, or download the membership application here.

Food Pantry Donations

Tri-Cities Kiwanis donates $500 to one local food pantry every quarter. Generally, the recipients rotate between The Salvation Army, Love In Action and The People Center. In addition, the club has supported pantry drives for Central High School, the Chamber of Commerce Student Snack Drive, Backpack Blessings, and others on an as-needed basis. If you would like to present a food pantry for our next quarterly donation, please contact us.

Club members with food pantry donation
Club members pose with a portion of the 2017 Central High School food pantry donation.

P.O.P.S. (Power Of Peer Support)

Tri-Cities Kiwanis supports the local student organization called P.O.P.S., that serves as a support network for students with disabilities, who may have limited social skills and a lack of peer relationships. P.O.P.S. also educates general education students on how to relate to students with disabilities, and creates mentoring relationships between students of different abilities.

Tri-Cities Kiwanis provides an annual “splash day” for POPS students to play together at the Spring Lake Aquatic Center.

Adopt-A-Highway

Tri-Cities Kiwanis has adopted a stretch of US-31 through Grand Haven and completes clean-ups two or three times each year. Pictured, Kiwanians and Aktion Club members gather to head out for the clean-up on April 19, 2019.
Kiwanians Grace Stanton, Alishia Terrill and Sandy Huber work on our April 19, 2014 clean up crew.

Children’s Literacy

In 2015, Tri-Cities Kiwanis donated a total of $14,000 to all the schools in Grand Haven and Spring Lake, including private and parochial schools, to support reading programs. Schools used the gift for accelerated reading programs, non-fiction books to meet curriculum needs, and other reading needs.

Students holding books
Third graders pose with books provided by Tri-Cities Kiwanis as part of a summer reading program.

Support for Organizations

Tri-Cities Kiwanis offers its support to many area organizations providing valuable services to children in our community, such as those listed below (in no particular order).

In early 2015, Tri-Cities Kiwanis donated $1000 to Tri-Cities Ministries, for support of mental health programs in Grand Haven and Spring Lake public schools, providing free counseling services to students. Tri-Cities Kiwanis continues to support this organization, now known as Mosaic Counseling.

We also support The Momentum Center, a nonprofit grassroots movement to create a stigma-free community for teens, families and adults.

Kiwanians represent at the “Making a Difference” luncheon for Resilience: Advocates for Ending Violence (formerly Center for Women in Transition) on December 4, 2019.
Kiwanis at Gracious Grounds gala
Kiwanians participate in the 2019 gala for Gracious Grounds, providing independent and supported living for adults with special abilities.
Kiwanians Earl O’Brien and Melissa Heyer pose with Tri-Cities Family YMCA “Learn To Swim” students in 2015.
Tri-Cities Kiwanis has provided several backyard swing sets for families with young children who have gotten their home through the Tri-Cities Area Habitat for Humanity. In this photo, a Covenant Life Church crew assembles the swing in July 2018.
Tri-Cities Kiwanis presents a check for $5,000 to the Grand Haven Salvation Army, to be used for the holidays. Pictured left to right: Wendy Jobin of the Grand Haven Salvation Army, Tri-Cities Kiwanis President David Garland, and Salvation Army Captain Jay Davis. The presentation was made outside the Tri-Cities Kiwanis Santa House, downtown Grand Haven.
Tri-Cities Kiwanis supports our North Ottawa Community Hospital, having sponsored the Pulse Campaign for the new emergency department, and providing this pediatric glidescope in January 2020.
Tri-Cities Kiwanis provides supplies and funds to the Lakeshore Pregnancy Center, now known as Positive Options. Examples of items supplied include formula, diapers, toys, safety items and sand pails filled with such beach necessities as baby-safe sun lotion and a towel.
Kiwanians participate in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore “Bowl for Kids Sake” event in 2019.
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