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Builders Club students showcase philanthropy projects 

| May 12, 2017

Builders Club students showcase philanthropy projects

The middle and junior high school students spent the school year giving back to the community, making cards for nursing home residents, goodie bags for clients at a soup kitchen and treat bags for local police.  

The students are members of a Builders Club at Wesley Chapel Mission Center in Cincinnati. Club members recently updated their sponsoring Kiwanis Club of Cincinnati with their success stories. Their projects benefited more than 3,500 people and include:  
Builders Club students showcase philanthropy projects 

  • Making and delivering 75 goodie bags for clients of St. Francis Seraph Soup Kitchen in their neighborhood.  
  • Making and delivering 75 cards and tissue boxes to a local nursing home.  
  • Making and delivering 65 bags of snack mix to the police district in their neighborhood. Lt. Elena Moton attended a Builders Club meeting and talked about her job and what it’s like to be a police officer.  
  • Making 70 dog toys for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Sharonville. Judy Bohn a volunteer from the SPCA, visited the club to accept the toys and talk about animal safety and the SPCA. The toys were given to new pet owners when they adopted a dog.  
  • Participated in the Queen Bee Half Marathon and the Findlay Market Opening Day parade. The club raised US$200 at the marathon to fund their service projects.  

Builders Club President Taniya Jones, age 14, said she enjoys working on projects with her club members. “Working with Builders Club gives me opportunities to help others because of the projects that we get to do,” Jones said.

Builders Club students showcase philanthropy projects  “They're very interesting because you never know what's going to come with each task. Builder's Club helps me learn new responsibilities and leadership skills,” she said.  

Wesley Chapel Mission Center is a nonprofit that provides programs for 120 students in kindergarten through high school in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, giving students a safe place for physical and spiritual nourishment, after-school programs and tutoring and weekend activities. High school students benefit from tutoring, help with finding jobs and looking at colleges.  

“We are so very proud of our Builders Club members,” said Barbara Torlone, member of the Kiwanis Club of Cincinnati and Builders Club adviser. “It’s important for our youth to participate in service projects and learn the value of volunteering and providing help to the community. It’s what we do in Kiwanis.” 

Torlone said the service projects provide students the opportunity to learn about self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, develop relationship-building skills and learn about responsible decision making.

Builders Club students showcase philanthropy projects 

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