Kiwanis “Happy Bucks” go a long way in supporting CAPSA’S abuse prevention program

Logan, UT: Many service clubs perform charity work and provide community services on a regular basis. Logan Kiwanis Club is among those committed to doing exactly that. For Kiwanis, regularity also means “weekly". Janet Flinders, forerunner and former district governor who keeps perfect attendance at the Club’s luncheon meetings for the last 25years said that she looked forward to the get-together each Wednesday with great speakers, update on the Club’s community projects, and the privilege to donate her “Happy Bucks.”

“Happy Bucks” is a way for members to share something they are happy about with a small donation at the Club’s weekly meetings. "This adds up over time,” said Kiwanis President Daryl Arnell. "We then share that happiness with a quarterly donation to a non-profit that focuses on helping children and families in the valley." On Wednesday, Citizens Against Physical & Sexual Abuse (CAPSA) was presented a “Happy Bucks” check of $510 to support its prevention education program. “One of the best things about Kiwanis is that we give back to our youth,” Arnell said. “We believe they are our future, and we want to invest in them and help them be successful throughout school and future careers.”

"We believe abuse can be prevented if teens are taught to recognize the signs of a healthy relationship, if they’re told how to be an upstander instead of a bystander, and if they are made aware of the resources available to them within the community,” said CAPSA Executive Director Jill Anderson. “This is a timely donation as a state grant helping to fund prevention education has just been discontinued.”

Each year CAPSA shelters nearly 400 individuals and serve some 20,000 meals, while providing free and confidential recovery resources in domestic violence and sexual and emotional abuse in Cache County and the Bear Lake area. “We are experiencing a 15% increase for our services this year, which means accommodation for 60 more persons and 3,000 more meals,” said Anderson. "To be able to have Kiwanis’ donation is a huge blessing for CAPSA and the high school students our prevention program will benefit,” she said. "We could not be more grateful for the support and association of the Logan Kiwanis Club."

Other recent “Happy Bucks” recipients of Kiwanis Club include Cache Valley Food Pantry and Cache Employment Training Center, both of which are CAPSA’s community service partners.

Kiwanis is an international service club founded in 1915 in the U.S. with more than 600,000 members in its professional and youth clubs in more than 80 nations and geographic areas worldwide. Its mission is to change the world by serving children, one child and one community at a time. The Logan club’s major projects include (1) support of USU Circle K, a collegiate service organization that promotes service, leadership, and fellowship, (2) establishment, mentoring, and scholarships for Kiwanis’ own Key Club, America’s oldest and largest student-led service program for teens, at Logan, Mountain Crest, Ridgeline and Sky View High Schools, (3) support of Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) at Bear River Head Start in helping to turn the tide of the alarming literacy crisis in America today through strong leadership, quality content, and an active and engaged community, and (4) sponsorship of 2018 Little Bloomsbury Pioneer Street Fair and Multicultural Celebrations at Chinese Moon Festival on September 22 at 200 E Corridor.

For information on club membership or making a donation, contact Daryl Arnell at 435-881-4557, email: daryl.arnell, Preston Parker at 661-772-753, email: preston, or Richard Elwood at 435-713-1804, email: relwood.

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