Community Involvement and Ventures

  • Amtryke project
  • Operation Christmas Child
  • Pedi-mate project
  • leaf raking for the elderly
  • Healthy Snack bags
  • Pancake breakfast with Santa
  • Cleaning up South Central park
  • Making Sensory bags

Amtryke Project

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Cindy Hemsoth spear headed this project for kids with disabilities that benefit from it to help move their muscles more. A lot of these kids always dreamed about riding a bike, but never thought they’d be able to until this project showed up. The North Ridgeville Kiwanis Club donated our first Amtryke to a student at Murray Ridge School in Elyria on March 28, 2017.  We received a grant from the Kiwanis International fund and would like to thank them for all of their continued support of the Amtryke project. We did a 2nd Amtryke for Murray Ridge in July of 2017 as well. We are currently trying to keep up with making and funding of these wonderful bikes.

Healthy Snack Bags


Our club makes healthy snack bags once a month at our noon meeting and donates them to North Ridgeville Community Care.  We have been doing 150 per month and have received grants from the Thrivent Financial to help support this program.  The program has been in place for the past 2 years and there is a great demand at the food bank. The patrons have been very receptive to this program and the 100 to 150 bags per month that we make do not last long.

BUG Program

Our club works with the North Ridgeville Middle School on a program called BUG (Bring Up Grades).  We have done this for the past 4 years, twice a year and have had over 400+ kids every time.  The teachers pick the subject and if they kids maintain their “A” or bring up their grade in that subject, they get to come to an ice cream social for one period.  A big “THANK YOU” to North Ridgeville Dairy Queen and the Pierson’s for working with us on this great project!!  Also thanks to Gary Krone for taking charge and chairing this project. Sadly, since the schools have combined this project is too big to keep going.

Leaf Raking for Elderly

Our club works with the N.R. Office for Older Adults and they pick out a couple elderly residents that need help with cleaning up their leaves.  The N.R. Key Club and also members from the National Honor Society volunteer with our members from our club to clean up the yards.

Operation Christmas Child

2019 and 72 boxes made!!

Thanks to Kiwanis Member Rachael Krise for taking the lead
and being in charge of this project. Kiwanis teamed up with the
Thrivent to donate boxes filled with items that kids need
called Operation Christmas Child. Rachel and Ed Bahle did the
shopping with money donated from Thrivent, herself
and our N.R. Kiwanis Club after one of our meetings, and then the members
helped fill and wrap the boxes. Great job and this is now an
annual event.

Pedi-Mate Project

At the meeting, the N. Ridgeville Fire Department demonstrated the use of one of the four Pedi-mate units that the N. Ridgeville Kiwanis Club donated to the E.M.S. units. Pedi-mates secure infants and toddlers up to 40 pounds to the stretchers. The Pedi-mates, costing $250 each, were purchased with funds obtained from a grant from the Ohio District Kiwanis plus two fundraisers sponsored by our club. Bob Fortune, a 25 year plus Kiwanis member, had been in charge of the project and can provide additional information about Pedi-mates should anyone need more information. Attending this special presentation: North Ridgeville’s Mayor Dave Gillock , North Ridgeville’s New Fire Chief John Reese, and members of the Fire Department, members of the North Ridgeville Kiwanis Club, the Owner of Bullfrogs, Hugh McQuillan, who donates his room to our club and works with us on numerous projects throughout the year, some of Bullfrog’s staff and their families, and members of the Avon Lake Kiwanis Club. The Fire Department graciously brought along the Chief’s Car , a Fire Truck , and an Ambulance, which unfortunately had to make a number of emergency runs during the event. The demonstration, in the absence of the ambulance, was done on a chair, but still shows how fast the unit can be assembled and how securely children can now be transported to area hospitals.