What We Support

Beds for Kids

OHAAT’s Beds for Kids program delivers beds, bedding, and tools that encourage healthy bedtime habits like books and toothbrushes, directly to the homes of children in need. With beds of their very own, children can get the quality and sufficient sleep they need to thrive.

Every child in the program receives a new bed and a bedtime bag, which contains a set of sheets, a blanket, pillow, several age-appropriate books, toothbrush, and a stuffed animal. Children also receive educational messages about healthy sleep habits via a “color-your-own” bookmark and a magnet, and an informational handout about preventing and treating bed bug infestations. OHAAT purchases beds and bedding in bulk from various manufacturers, and partner organizations donate bedding and bedtime items through collection drives. All of the items are sorted, packaged, and delivered by OHAAT’s sixteen-foot box truck and growing body of volunteers.

Books on My Shelf

Books on My Shelf supports the development of early literacy skills, thereby encouraging a love for reading and pride of ownership of books.  We chose the Head Start classrooms in the Wissahickon and Upper Dublin School Districts for the program. 

In order to fulfill our mission, the Kiwanis Club has purchased bookshelves and books to create libraries for the Head Start Classrooms at Wissahickon and Upper Dublin School Districts.   When the classes meet their reading goals there is a celebration, and each child is given a book to take home.   With the cooperation and guidance of the staffs at Head Start, Wissahickon and Upper Dublin Library, the Program has continued and flourished.

Gloves for Kids

The first batch of bagged gloves for the crossing guards to give kids with cold hands was delivered to Upper Dublin Police department.

Key Club Sponsorships

Our Kiwanis club supports Key Club service projects, facilitate the Key Club meetings, provide mentorships and provide college scholarships for the Key Club students.

Key Club members are learning how to lead and stand for what’s right through service and volunteerism. In partnership with Ambler Kiwanis club, high school students are making a positive impact as they serve others in their schools and communities.

Wissahickon Key Club

The club has a membership of about 300. The group meets twice a month on Thursdays at 2:45 pm in the HS cafeteria.
The moderator, Liz Colona, is amazing and the kids all love her. She is very engaged. The club officers run the meeting. Every club member scans themself in at meetings and activities using a QR code. The club VP (a tech guru) tracks everything to a shareable spreadsheet. Members must have a certain number of participation points each month to maintain membership in the club.
The club holds one informational meeting per month and one activity/meeting per month.

Mattie N. Dixon Community Cupboard

Mattie N. Dixon Community Cupboard mission is to facilitate the concept of “neighbors helping neighbors.”  We strive to keep families together by providing them with goods and services so they can become more self-sufficient over time.

They achieve this by:

Variety – the children’s charity of Delaware valley

Founded in 1935, Variety’s mission is to enrich the lives of children and young adults with disabilities through social, educational, and vocational programs that nurture independence and self-confidence, and prepare them for life.

Initially, Variety operated solely as a fundraising organization, providing financial assistance to children in need. Our flagship day and overnight camp programs began in 1949, when the Posel family generously donated their expansive “country estate” in Worcester Township, Montgomery County, allowing Variety to begin onsite programming and become the region’s first summer camp for child survivors of polio. When polio was no longer prevalent, Variety shifted to serve those in the community with the greatest need and fewest resources–children and young adults with a range of physical and intellectual disabilities.

Wissahickon Robotics Club

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is image-13.pngTeam 341, Miss Daisy is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Ambler Kiwanis. In order to improve our community outreach program, “Sparky’s Robot World,” we sought a new sponsor to fund the creation of new robots for use at community events. Kiwanis Club answered the call with a grant. This partnership supports our outreach program while spreading Kiwanis Club’s mission of “making lasting differences in the lives of children.”

This fall, our team designed the activities for the new robots to complete and we have decided on two styles of robot: a projectile robot and an elevator robot. These two types will allow Sparky’s Robot World participants to learn about the specifics behind these common robotic mechanisms. Our goal is to complete the first version of a drivable base in 2023, with construction of the top mechanisms and debut of the refreshed program in summer 2024.