By Michael Armijo
Walnut Valley – The Kiwanis Club of Walnut Valley has a mission in life: Help those who are in need. And with that philosophy, indeed they do.
With projects like Relay for Life, Multi Cultural Event, Young Professionals Installation, Pediatric Trauma Prevention, and the upcoming Annual Holiday Food Distribution, the volunteer group has benefitted the local area and the surrounding communities.
“We raise funds to help local entities, from grants to food assistance, we do all we can to help,” said long time volunteer Richard Malooly. “Everyone is welcomed to join us, we meet every Friday morning from 7-8 am at the Holiday Inn, 21725 Gateway Center, Diamond Bar, 91765.”
Other members in the club are Ray McMullen, Manuel Baca, Bea McMillen, Matt Martinez, Dick Clippinger, Ralph Mendez, Sal Delcampo, Don Ruh and Aggie Kee.
“Not only do we raise money, we accept grants too,” said Malooly, “the Walmart Foundation just approved our application for for a $2,500 grant last month which will go towards our annual holiday food distribution for selected recipient families in Walnut, Diamond Bar and Rowland Heights.” In addition, they plan to fund upcoming projects.
Kiwanis Club of Walnut Valley also works with local students as well, as the food drive will be with the local high school Key Club, which is led by Walnut High teacher Mr. Panlilio.
Be sure to visit the Kiwanis Club at the Walnut Family FEstival this Saturday, to be held at Suzanne Park, which is located at 625 Suzanne Road in Walnut from 9 am to 5 pm. (for more info about the Family Festival call Walnut City Hall at 909.598.5605).
“We hope to continue helping those who are in need and hope we continue to have a great impact on our community,” added Malooly.