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Our Baby K Doll Project provides a packet of items that are given to children who are sick or injured and their siblings who may be struggling with what is happening with their brother or sister. The packets contain a hand made stuffed faceless doll as well as color books and crayons, activity books and other items that will help keep a youngster busy. The packets are assembled by our club with help from area Key Clubs and /or other Kiwanis clubs. They are distributed at medical facilities, and other facilities such as the Children's Advocacy center. The work parties usually include a pot luck, making the project and fun way to fellowship with other Kiwanis members.
Books for Kids was developed by our own Jerry MacLeod and has grown to be a successful means to place used and new books into the hands of children. We have established collection sites in the area where people can drop off used or new chilrens books. We also provide an outlet for used books at the Central Point recycling event. The books are then sorted by age appropriateness and distributed at events like the Central Point Children's Christmas, and to facilities like the Boys and Girls clubs. We have given away thousands of books since the project's inception.
Maslow Project is a goal-oriented resource center serving homeless and at-risk for homeless youth, school-aged through 21. We are located at 209 W. Main Street in Medford, Oregon. We provide basic needs, as well as on-site access to a variety of services from community partners. Maslow Project helps youth establish educational, employment, and personal development goals while providing wrap-around case-management services to assist youth in attaining those goals.
Maslow Projectís mission is to help youth build strong foundations by fostering self-sufficiency, removing barriers to services and education, and providing centralized access to resources. We are committed to treating youth and families with integrity, compassion, and respect. Through community collaboration, we empower youth to grow into healthy, productive, and independent members of society. Table Rock is happy to support this organization.
 Kiwanis has supported Southern Oregon Head Start for a number of years. We built a tricyle path at the facility that used to be at the Crater High School Campus, and then in 2008 completed a new one at the Merriman Road Campus for the preschool. A group of our members dug out the path, helped a crew donated by Batzer Constuction with the forming, and then finished up the landscaping after Batzer poured the concrete. The new oval path has been a big hit for the preschoolers at the Head Start facility. In 2011 we added a bench and in 2012 we integrated that bench into a new sandbox project.
We have enjoyed a long relationship with the Salvation Army. We participate each December in the Red Kettle bell ringing, providing club members to man the Red Pots at Albertson's in Central Point. We have provided financial support to the Hope House, as well as physical labor when needed around the Medford facility. Our club, with the support of employee's from Peoples Bank, provided 30 backpacks filled with school supplies to children in need that are served by the after school program.
Table Rock Kiwanis has a long history of helping out with Special Olympics events in the valley. In addition to financial support, we provide volunteers from the club to help out at the annual Bowling Tornament as well as the Annual Track Meet. This event is a favorite event for our members as they always have so much fun, and it is so rewarding to see the differnce it makes for all of the participants.
In addition to the featured projects above, Table Rock Kiwanis has supported many other organizations over the years either in service or financially. These groups include the City of Central Point, School District 6 elementary schools in Central point, Access, Children's Advocacy Center, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Kiwanis Law Enforcement Camp, Relay for Life, American Diabetes Association, Dogs for the Deaf, Building Wheelchair Ramps, Gloria Dei Food Pantry, D.A.R.E and many individuals and small groups that come to us for support.
There are more than 1647 homeless kids in Jackson County. At-risk youth are not allowed to stay at emergency shelters without a legal guardian, but where is a kid to go when their legal guardian is their abuser? Hearts with a Mission, a non-profit Medford organization, is building a state licensed residential care facility to help these kids, but we need your help. Table Rock Kiwanis decided to help, both financially, and with a commitment of service when and as needed. We have made a decision to support this worthwhile cause because of the lack of such a service in the valley.
The Juvenile Justice Programs are designed to serve the needs of kids caught in the Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Systems. The core of these ministries is the Chaplain Program which provides regular chaplain services in the Jackson County Juvenile Detention Center and Youth Shelter.
The chaplains lead group discussions on Thursday evenings and chapel services on Sunday afternoons, as well as one to one visiting at various times during the week.
In addition to the chaplain program they also provide mentoring services to several of these kids through the Juvenile Justice Mentoring Program. These mentors are matched in one to one relationships with kids to provide guidance, support, and encouragement helping meet the emotional, physical, and spiritual needs in their lives. Matt Sweeney also leads a tutoring program to help kids on parole/probation to stay in school and succeed academically.