CHARITIES

Kiwanis Club of Fort Walton Beach

  The Kiwanis Club of Fort Walton Beach helps our community in countless ways. By working together, our members achieve what one person cannot accomplish alone to reach more people and have a greater service impact. Kids need Kiwanis. We focus on changing the world by serving children, one child and one community at a time. To do this, we sponsor Key Clubs for teens (Choctawhatchee and Fort Walton Beach) and Aktion Clubs for adults living with disabilities (Silver Sands); K-Kids for primary school children (Mary Esther and Edwins); Builders Clubs for middle school children (Bruner). These Kiwanis Family clubs help children to understand the importance of service to their community, their school, and to the environment. Each year, we award through a competitive process, six Kiwanis Scholarships totaling $10,000.00 to: graduating Seniors of Choctawhatchee and Fort Walton Beach High Schools for their college education; and graduating Seniors of Silver Sands School for their transition to being a more self-reliant citizen. Our annual Christmas Tree sales, Pancake Day and 5K Race fundraisers benefit many local charities such as Head Start, Children in Crisis and Boy Scouts Troops.  Point of Contact: Ruth Sykes (sykes4615@aol.com)  

Fort Walton Beach Woman's Club

  The General Federation of Woman’s Club is an international woman’s organization dedicated community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service. Examples of Fort Walton Beach Woman’s Club projects: In partnership with the local Chamber of Commerce and the city government, constructed a walking trail and nature preserve to honor Colonel George “Bud” Day and his wife Dorie. The 24th Annual Chocoholic Frenzy with market and silent auction is a chocolate tasting fundraiser in the Atrium of Westwood Retirement Resort, 1001 Mar-Walt Drive, Fort Walton Beach.  Honored Choctawhatchee High School graduates killed in the line of military duty with the unveiling of the "Home of the Brave" memorial mural with the Indian Mascot.  We express our support for the families of all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Point of Contact: Kris Pattison (kpattison247@yahoo.com)     

Mary Esther Community Garden

  Mary Esther Community Garden:   

Mary Esther Community Garden organization is committed to enriching their lives and the neighborhood by growing food for themselves and the community. Our goal: Gardening together for healthy food and community. Simply planting the community garden can shape the issues in the community; issues such as economies, health and even politics. In one of Mary Esther’s ball fields in Springdale Park, we offer 4X10 raised bed garden plots to the community at large. With plots set aside, we give back to the community by working together to grow vegetables for food banks and charity organizations. To date, the Mary Esther Community Garden has donated over 2000 lbs of produce to the Waterfront Mission, Sharing and Caring, and local churches. Come grow with us. Help us “hit a home run” and become one of our sponsors. Learn about becoming a member of our community garden. Point of Contact Ruth Sykes maryesthergardens@aol.com

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Survey Team

Builders Team