Service Leadership Programs (SLPs)
Kiwanis International feels the best way to grow the largest service organization in the world to help children is to give them the opportunity to serve. The Kiwanis Club of Sheraden has accepted this mandate and has started several SLP’s in and around the Sheraden community.
Community Connections Aktion Club
Aktion Club is the only service club for adults with disabilities, with more than 12,000 members worldwide. The Community Connections AKTION Club is the longest running service club of the Sheraden Kiwanis and is currently in its 10th year. There are 30-35 members, all students from the 6 sites (2 from Sheraden) of City Connection, the PGH Public School’s program for special needs adults ages 18-21. AKTION Club meets twice a month, either Tuesdays or Thursdays at the Trinity AME Zion Church. Each meeting, the members participate in 4-5 service projects which benefit services and charities such as Meals on Wheels, Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, Light of Life Rescue Mission, the Humane Society, Trinity AME Zion Church and other local organizations. One of the largest projects is a game carnival for of the Langley kindergarteners. The year ends with a Luau with PCA Builders Club and the Langley K-Kids Club.
PGH Classical Academy Builders Club
Builders Club is the largest service organization for middle school and junior high students, with more than 45,000 members worldwide. We are in our 6th year of sponsoring the PGH Classical Academy Builders Club. Currently, there are around 25 students from 3 life skills classes of the 6th, 7th and 8th grades. The group meets two Wednesdays a month at 1:30 pm in the school cafeteria. The students work on 1 or 2 service projects per meeting benefiting Meals on Wheels, Veteran’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital and the three Headstart classes in the school. This group has also performed a holiday concert at the Sheraden Seniors Center, taken a trip to the local firehouse and have even had a police officer speak to them. They also hold a game carnival and participate in the end of the year Luau.
Langley Builders Club
The Langley Builders Club was started in 2012 after the first year that Langley closed as a high school and reopened as a K-8 school for the 5 west end inner city communities. Tracy Schubert Smith and Marianne Muraska met with the Principal and familiarized him with the Kiwanis organization and he was able to get a Builders club started. In October 2012, we were chartered and met with 5th-8th graders for the first time. The club meets within the school day at lunchtime/recess. The students give up their recess period on the first and third Fridays of the month to meet and complete a service project each week. Our focus has been the VA Hospital residents in Aspinwall. We focus on each holiday of every month and make the residents a small gift, a bag of jelly beans, a Halloween or Thanksgiving greeting card, a Christmas reindeer candy cane, a flag pin and a Veterans Day greeting card, a prayer rock and verse, bags of Reindeer food, and a teacher appreciation survival bags for the staff at the school. By the end of each year we can see the growth of the students and the leaders appear. Each year we end the season with a celebration...awards, member certificates and the membership pins to those who were consistent in attendance.
Train Up A Child K Kids Club
In K-Kids clubs worldwide, more than 36,000 children are learning leadership through service. They're taking on the responsibility of running a K-Kids club as they plan and participate in community service projects. Our K Kids club is an after school club and meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month. Manju Germanwala is the Kiwanis liaison for the club. Another club member John Roell reads a story for the first 10 minutes of the meeting, and afterwards the kids start their projects. Among the projects the K-Kids Club completes are: decorating bags for Meals on Wheels, making cat and dog toys for the Humane Society, constructing blankets for kids in the Children's Hospital, baking cookies for police station, fire station and library personnel, complete bags for caitlin's smiles and grow marigolds for Mom on Mother's days. These are just a few of the projects completed by the club. Manju teaches the kids to live their lives not just for themselves, but for others also.
West Allegheny Key Club
We inherited the West Allegheny High School Key Club in 2012 when the Kiwanis Club of Coraopolis was asked to surrender their charter. Our club eagerly volunteered to step in as sponsors since the West Allegheny club was strong and very self sufficient. Kiwanis advisers Tracy Smith and Marianne Muraska regularly attend their club meetings to observe and ask how we may be of assistance. Their efficiency in running a club meeting was exemplary. In 30 minutes they covered their agenda which oftentimes included coordinating members to cover 3 different projects at the same time, manage their transportation and gathering of needed materials to successfully complete the projects. We have continued the Coraopolis club's tradition of awarding a $500 cash scholarship at the end of the year to a senior who submits an application with an essay about their involvement in service to others. The first project we witnessed was something close to home. A local family with 8 children recently lost their home and all belongings in a fire. The Key Club led the student body in collecting clothes in appropriate sizes and gathering home furnishings for temporary housing. Once their immediate needs were satisfied, the Key club moved on to getting new home appliances donated and making a list of what each child would need for Christmas and wrapping their gifts so there was plenty under the tree for each family member including mom and dad. It was a monumental task but their organizational skills, determination and kind hearts were their strengths that made them victorious in this endeavor.
Carnegie Mellon Circle K
Twenty-two years ago the Oakland Kiwanis Club chartered a Circle K chapter (the collegiate division of Kiwanis) at Carnegie Mellon University. Three years ago, the Oakland club surrendered its charter, leaving CMU without a sponsoring club. Two years later, CMU had only five members in their club when our members, Jay and Barbara Rogal asked the Sheraden club to pick up the sponsorship. Today, the club has fifteen members and is growing. Though busy with classes, the students find time to volunteer between 50 – 110 hours a month and help to prepare meals at Family House, a center that houses families with children staying in local hospitals. Because of its proximity to Pitt Circle K, the two groups partner on various service activities.