CANANDAIGUA — The Kiwanis Club of Canandaigua is a service organization that has been helping its community for 77 years — and it has continued to serve during the pandemic, finding safe ways to give to the community throughout the fall and winter.
Holding steadfast to its mission of changing the world by serving children, one child and one community at a time, the group continues to be active in the community, providing fun children-centered activities.
“Through the years, much of the best Kiwanis service has been done in partnership, and we continue to work with organizations that need our support,” Kiwanis Club of Canandaigua president Lou Loy said. “We are thrilled to continue to help those organizations who need us now more than ever.”
Despite pandemic-induced restrictions, Kiwanis of Canandaigua has remained stalwart in its commitment.
The Kiwanis inducted three new members recently, including immediate past Kiwanis New York District Gov. Joe Ruggiero; Kris Knight, the event manager and marketing director at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park; and Corey Ashcroft, a sales associate with the Canandaigua office of Liberty Mutual Insurance.
The club also invited special guests to its weekly virtual meetings, learning about different facets of the community. Guests included Michael Galban, curator and interpretive programs assistant for the Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan State Historic Site; Dave Korpiel from the Greater Canandaigua Civic Center; and Mjr. Pam Rhodes of the Canandaigua Salvation Army.
The Kiwanis engaged in a variety of initiatives to benefit the local community. Volunteers sent out over 400 holiday cards to residents of Canandaigua’s four senior living facilities; supported the Ontario County Police Benevolent Association with their Shop with a Cop event; and collected gifts to be donated to The Spot, a local organization that provides free school supplies, clothes, shoes and food to Canandaigua students in need.
Additional service projects included organizing a donation of holiday stockings to Care Net Canandaigua and The Canandaigua Salvation Army, as well as donating Christmas craft kits to Lincoln Hill Farm’s Christmas at the Farm event.
Kiwanis members worked as bell ringers for the Canandaigua Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign.
“The members of Kiwanis Club of Canandaigua are special,” Loy said. “They change lives and improve our community, and they do it with like-minded people. They invest their own time and talents because they care about our community.”
New members are welcome to learn more about the organization, and all are invited to be a guest at an upcoming Zoom meeting. If interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain the Zoom link.
The next meeting will be held Jan. 26 at 6 p.m.