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  • Giving Vacation Time for the Greater Good

    For the past twenty years, Sheena Curley has given her vacation time to work as the director of the Knoxville Kiwanis Fresh Air Camp, an overnight camp for underprivileged children. The Fresh Air Camp is recognized as one of the most successful programs in Kiwanis International, serving underprivileged, "at-risk" and disabled children, and providing a wonderful summer camp experience without charge.

  • Ensuring Children Achieve Their Full Potential

    Sanford Tollette taught in the Little Rock and Pulaski County Public Schools for eight years, and he noticed some students were not achieving their full potential on a regular basis. In 1988 at the Joseph Pfeifer Kiwanis Camp, Sanford Tollette started the Alternative Classroom Experience-- a 30-day residential, educational wilderness program for elementary students who are experiencing academic and social challenges. The program is now in its 24th year.

  • The Impact of Change

    Sanjuana Zavala is a first-generation college student at the University of Texas- Brownsville, and an active member of Circle K International. Her commitment and passion for service led Sanjuana to meet extraordinary individuals who she remembers every day, inspiring her to keep serving her community.

  • One Shoe at a Time

    Susan Hennum, a member of the Kiwanis Club of Garland, Texas, and an advisor to a K-Kids club, was looking for a service project that would not only be easy for the kids to participate in, but one that they could feel good about and know they had made a difference in the life of someone else. Susan became very involved with Shoes for Orphan Souls, combining adult and children's efforts to make a difference.

  • Spreading the Word About Tetanus

    John Mayfield battled drug and alcohol addition, but was able to get his life on track when he found fulfillment through philanthropy. Following in his father's footsteps, he became a member of a local Kiwanis club, and the experience ended up changing his life. His main effort is supporting The Eliminate Project, raising money for the vaccines, supplies and education that will help eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus among some of the world’s poorest and hardest-to-reach families.

  • Global Responsibility and Impact

    Robert Moore has been a part of Kiwanis International since 1968, but did not fully realize the global impact until he joined a fact-finding trip to Ghana. Robert had a life changing experience while meeting with village officials and children who were affected by the lack of iodine in their diets.

  • Making a Dream Reality

    Danny and Pam Spitler traveled to Cambodia in 2005 for a three-day tour of the temples of Angkor Wat. Their tour guide shared with them his dream of building a small school in a village where no school existed, and soon after the Spitlers created the Spitler School in Cambodia under the tour guide's leadership.

  • Finding Teaching Moments after a Disaster

    Suzanne Horsley is a public relations professor at the University of Alabama and a long-time volunteer for the American Red Cross, helping with disaster response and incorporating work for the public good into her teaching, research and service responsibilities.

  • Bringing Nursing and Volunteerism Together to Help My Community

    Stephanie Phillips' mother is alive today because of the medical care and 12 units of blood she received during heart operations. This experience inspired Stephanie to become a nurse and volunteer for the American Red Cross.

  • Be Prepared: Helping Communities Bounce Back After Disasters

    Nan Buzard is responsible for the international disaster response and programs of the American Red Cross. Nan believes disasters will always happen, but families and communities can better withstand and recover if provided with preparedness opportunities ahead of time.