The Kiwanis Club of Wise was named Volunteer of the Year during the 2017 Benefactors Celebration at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise. The organization has a long history of helping the College, its students, and area youth.

“We are pleased to turn the spotlight to a group of volunteers who are committed to serving children from kindergarten through college,” Vice Chancellor for Development and College Relations Robert Bragg said. “When you think of helping hands, in any community, you automatically think of the Kiwanis Club, and the Wise Club has raised the bar for volunteer organizations.”

The Kiwanis Club of Wise has championed the College’s efforts and has been among the most loyal and generous supporters, Bragg added.

“The members of the club have been supportive of a number of efforts at the College from picking up litter along Darden Drive throughout the year to providing volunteers and breakfast at the annual Day of Service,” Bragg said.

The Kiwanis Club of Wise worked to provide concessions for the Cavalier football games when the program began in 1991. The club shared proceeds with the College and student organizations that helped work the concession booth.

“In an effort to develop civic minded leaders for the future, the club worked with student organizations so that different ones assisted them for each game,” Bragg said.

“The club and its members personally have supported a number of scholarship funds at the College as well as made the Wetlands Education Research Facility at UVa-Wise a reality,” Bragg said.

The Kiwanis Club of Wise also established the Circle K Club at UVa-Wise.

“In addition, the Kiwanis Club of Wise may be found volunteering in a number of the community events, and one such project is the annual Christmas parade,” Bragg said.

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