Kiwanis Youth in Action Build for Environmental Learning Center


Members of Kiwanis Youth in Action (KYIA) built 20 benches, painted two rooms and knocked down an old wall for the Environmental Learning Center (ELC) in Wabasso on Saturday, November 9, 2019.

In the pouring rain about 60 members of the Kiwanis Youth in Action team gathered at 8:00 a.m. in the ELC under the direction of Kiwanis members and volunteers. One large crew used power tools to build 20 visitor convenience benches for distribution around the ELC grounds. Smaller crews painted two event rooms, built work benches for kids, and knocked down an old brick structure. The initiating event for this KYIA project was a presentation by Barbara Ford, executive director of the Environmental Learning Center, to the Kiwanis Club of Vero-Treasure Coast about the ELC and areas in which it needs community support.

On March 29, 2020 a gala event, “Paint the Town,” will be held at the Vero Beach Yacht Club to support the Kiwanis Youth in Action programs.

The Kiwanis Club of Vero-Treasure Coast’s mission is to help support children’s education, activities and charities .in our community Besides giving annual college scholarships, the club actively sponsors Key Clubs in Vero Beach High School, Indian River County Charter High School and Sebastian River High School. We also conduct community service work days involving teenagers from schools and churches. Since 1991, we have sponsored the Annual Take-a –Kid-Fishing Tournament and since 1998, the above-mentioned Youth in Action.

Kiwanis is a 100-year old global service organization based in the US with clubs in 80 countries, all dedicated to improving the lives of children. Kiwanis has served Vero Beach and Indian River County since 1935. For more information on our activities, members and membership information, visit our website at or call Tom Maher at (772) 581-4062.

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