Key Club International has three preferred charities. We work with these charities to raise awareness and fundraising about various issues that are plaguing our world today. The three charities are:
Children's Miracle Network is a nonprofit organization that raises funds to aid hospitalized children across the globe. Money raised for and by the organization is dispersed to affiliate Hospitals affiliated with Children’s Miracle Network, the purchasing of up-to-date equipment, the implementation of outreach programs, and medical research, and community awareness of children’s health issues. Like a miracle, CMN provides health care for children whose parents cannot afford to pay for medical care.
The March of Dimes foundation works tirelessly to improve the health of premature babies. Funds donated to the foundation go towards birth defect prevention research. According the CDC, an estimated 120,000 infants in the U.S are born with major structural birth defects each year. Birth defects are the leading cause of infant mortality and 70% of the cause of these birth defects are unknown. The funds raised by the March of Dimes Foundation funds research projects to treat and even prevent premature birth defects. The foundation was founded by the 32nd US President, Franklin D. Roosevelt in his fight ahainst polio. After successfully discovering a vaccine for polio, March of Dimes migrated their focus on premature birth research and awareness. Key Club Members can support the March of Dimes Foundation by raising premature birth awareness by hosting a multitude of programs through November for Prematurity Awareness Month, participating in the March for Babies in the spring, even simply wearing purple (Premature Awareness Color).
For 5 years, the New Jersey District of Key Club International has partnered with UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) for the Eliminate Project in their fight against Maternal Neonatal Tetanus, a disease that claims the lives of dozens of mothers and their infants every second of every day. As a result of the generosity of K-Families all over the globe, the Eliminate Project has eliminated this deadly virus from 36 countries. For only $1.80 one vaccine can end the pain and suffering from a mother and all of her future children. Recently one more nation has won the fight against MNT! Mauritania.
The United States Army is an organization originally created to help the unified colonies fight Great Britain in 1775, but is now used as one of the main forms of protection for the United States. As Key Clubbers, we have chosen to support this cause because of the protection and sacrifices the US Army as a whole has given for us. As the largest of the three military departments of the Department of Defense in the United States, the Army serves "to fight and win our Nation's wars, by providing prompt, sustained, land dominance, across the full range of military operations and the spectrum of conflict, in support of combatant commanders." The service participates in conflicts worldwide and is the major ground-based offensive and defensive force. As an organization with millions of volunteers that are willing to risk their life for our protection, the US Army rightfully deserves our support both inside and outside of Key Club!
Since its conception in 1971 through the efforts of Steve and Barb King, Landscape Structures has been committed to improving the lives of children for 45 years. Their mission is to enhance the lives of children by “fostering and creating inspiring play experiences,” and they do just that by creating innovative, strategically-designed playgrounds for all ages and children. Playgrounds aren’t just for fun, however -- they serve as great community gathering spots. Kiwanis International is proud to partner with an organization committed to great fun, as well as community building, and we encourage you to learn more about Landscape Structures to see how you can build a playground in your own community.
At the 2016 International Convention Key Club officially teamed up this year with the Thirst Project! Thirst Project is a movement of thousands of students who have joined the fight against the global water crisis. By providing a community with safe drinking water, disease rates can drop by up to 88% virtually overnight! Look forward to hearing more about the Thirst Project as District Convention 2017 approaches and be on the lookout for a special Keynote Speaker- Evan Wesley!
Key Club Co-Sponsor Rustic Pathways has 30 years of experience leading exceptional international education and service programs for students. With over 130 programs in 20 countries, Rustic Pathways is the global leader in its field. Recognizing our shared values, Rustic Pathways has partnered with Key Club to provide its members with the opportunity to broaden their global perspective while performing meaningful service projects in communities around the world.