The Kiwanis Club of Glen Ridge has been in service for 60 years and has helped countless children worldwide. We are a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization made up of dedicated volunteers who give freely of their time to make a better world — first in our community and by extension the world at large. 100% of the money we raise is used to benefit youth locally and throughout the world. During these challenging times we're even more committed to assisting as many children as possible.
In town, Kiwanis runs the Glen Ridge Memorial Day parade & picnic, conducts spring & fall collection drives where thousands of pounds of clothing and household goods are donated to Big Brothers/Big Sisters. In November, 2020 the recipient of the drive was Goodwill of NYNJ. We participate bi-annually in the cleanup of Freeman Gardens, and each fall we brew coffee for the 3,000 runners in the Ashenfelter 8K Thanksgiving Day Classic. Also in November, 2020 with the assistance of Glen Ridge High School Key Club members we held our very first food drive at Foodtown in Bloomfield to help needy neighbors who receive food from Toni's Kitchen. Seven (7) shopping carts overflowed with donations from store customers and friends! The Kiwanis Club of Glen Ridge publishes and hand delivers the Glen Ridge town & telephone directory, a 50 year tradition. We pledged to donate $12,500 over the next five years to help buy a state-of-the-art, new ambulance that serves Glen Ridge, Montclair and Bloomfield.
Kiwanis’ single greatest annual fundraiser is OctoberFeast and without the revenue we raise our charitable efforts will be seriously crippled. Therefore, we’re inviting you to donate to this fundraiser where 100% of the money raised will go right back to Glen Ridge, especially toward improving the lives of children in town.
We sponsor and mentor four youth groups: “K-Kids” at primary schools, “Builders Club” at middle schools, “Key Club” at high schools in Glen Ridge, Montclair and Clifton, and “Circle K” at Montclair State University. Our goal is for youth at all levels to experience leadership and feel the personal reward of volunteerism.
We annually award college scholarships to Glen Ridge High School graduating seniors in recognition of their community service.
As needs arise, Kiwanis offers timely support for projects both big and small. For example, in the past few years we have given to hurricane relief in both Puerto Rico and the Bahamas, donated money to refurbish Glen Ridge High School’s field house and to Sea Turtle Recovery at Turtleback Zoo, as well as supporting a local Eagle Scout’s project. During the COVID-19 crisis this year, Kiwanis voted to spend up to $1,800 to provide meals for first responders & health workers, and another $2,000 to help feed the 100 families in town who suddenly found themselves in food shortage.
The Kiwanis Club of Glen Ridge exists under the aegis of Kiwanis International, a global service organization found in 80 countries with over 550,000 members. Kiwanis International was created after World War I and dedicated itself to improving the lives of children as witnessed in its motto, “Serving the Children of the World.” One example of Kiwanis International’s impact is the “Eliminate Project” where Kiwanis has partnered with the United Nations and raised over a hundred million dollars to eradicate neonatal tetanus, a disease which kills both mother and child. To achieve this goal and contribute its fair share, the Kiwanis Club of Glen Ridge Club contributed $13,000.
We truly love what we do and your contributions will support additional initiatives. Our pictures of smiling members tell it all!
Please make a donation now to change a life. We sincerely appreciate any and all amounts given and your donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. If your company has a gift matching program your contribution will be doubled! Together, we will make a world of difference. We'd love for you to join us!
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”―Winston Churchill
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The Kiwanis Club of Glen Ridge
PO Box 201
Glen Ridge, NJ 07028
Many thanks from all the members of the Kiwanis Club of Glen Ridge! We wish everyone a very Happy and Safe Holiday season!