The Aktion Club was developed by Kiwanis International to provide adults with disabilities an opportunity to develop initiative and leadership, to serve and be included as active participants in their community, and to demonstrate the dignity and value of citizens living with disabilities.
The Kiwanis Club of Buffalo achieves this goal by having our Aktion and Kiwanis club members participate together in community service projects in the Buffalo area.
During 2019, Aktion Club members participated in:
- Buffalo-Niagara Waterkeepers’ Spring Shoreline Sweep on May 11th at Ellicott Creek Park to clean and beautify the area. Eight Aktion Club and seven Kiwanis and family members provided 30-hours of service as they joined dozens of other volunteers.
- Tim Russert Park cleanup. The Aktion Club sponsors an annual cleanup at the park to pick up trash and provide landscaping services. In 2019, the event was held on June 1st. Seven Aktion Club members, with help from Kiwanians, family members, and staff, provided 27.5 hours of service planting a maple tree, pulling weeds, and sprucing up the front park sign with new mulch.
- The Aktion Club held fundraisers during November and December to support The Eliminate Project, Children’s Hospital, and Disaster Relief efforts.
- Aktion’s Club Holiday Party on December 7th was not only a chance for members to celebrate the season and each other, but the members also used the party as an opportunity to collect several large boxes of household supplies, hats and gloves, and school supplies for the children and mothers staying at the Cornerstone Manor Shelter in Buffalo.
- Aktion Club members were able to attend two Bison Baseball games in 2019.
- The club held a picnic in July at Cheektowaga Town Park that was attended by Aktion Club members, Kiwanians, and family members.
The club holds monthly dinner meetings and quarterly member board meetings. Currently, Aktion Club has 28 club active members.