“It needs to be a worthy cause,” said Kiwanis One Day Committee co-chairman Brennan MacDowell. “We want to help out a nonprofit organization that’s doing something good for the community.”
This year’s Kiwanis One Day took place at the Stepping Stones Educational Therapy Center, where Kiwanis members and other volunteers, such as the UGA-Griffin master gardeners and JROTC members from both local high schools, helped improve the outside learning area of the school for special-needs students.
Asked what determines which project will be chosen, MacDowell said it’s important for organizations to outline specifically how the project would benefit children. It’s also crucial to be as detailed as possible when describing the work to be done on the project and how much it would cost, he said.
“The more concrete the plan is, the more likely it might be to approve it,” MacDowell said, adding that the budget for next year’s Kiwanis One Day is $2,500.
Just as in previous years, MacDowell said he hopes to get as many volunteers on board as possible — from the Kiwanis Club as well as from other organizations.
“We’ve always been blessed by the various organizations in the communities showing up and pitching in with us,” he said. “There are so many deserving organizations that need the help that we can provide.”
Those interested in submitting an application can either pick one up in person at the Kiwanis Club office on South Hill Street or call the office at 770-227-9187 to have an application sent through email. The Kiwanis Club expects to make its final project decision in early December.