Kiwanis Club of Menlo Park
The Kiwanis Club of Menlo Park was founded in 1950. The club is an active and committed partner to many non-profit organizations, having given over $75,000 last year in support of projects which include scholarships for Menlo-Atherton High School graduates, St Anthony’s Dining Hall, Tour de Cure of Diabetes, Special Games for physically challenged youth, Rebuilding Together, and UpClose which allows high school students an in-depth exposure to the U.S. federal government. And in 2018, for the first time, club provided “seed money” that allow disadvantaged Menlo-Atherton High School football athletes to attend summer camps that led to multiple students receiving full-ride scholarships to major four-year universities including University of Washington, San Jose State, and University of Utah.
The club has multiple different fundraising activities during the year, so it can support the above activities, including an annual raffle of a vacation package through Menlo Park Travel, an annual bowl-a-thon, and a Christmas tree lot. The tree lot is a long-standing holiday tradition, having started as a fundraiser for the Club more than 40 years ago. And by far, it is the club’s most profitable fundraiser and it biggest event of the year.
The Menlo Park Kiwanis Club meets each Tuesday at noon at the Allied Arts in Menlo Park. There is a general membership for those who can attend weekly meetings, and a special service membership is available for those who can only attend meetings once a month. All members support the club’s community projects and fundraising events.