Kiwanis Club of Vero-Treasure Coast        P.O. Box 6381   |     Vero Beach, Florida  32961

Kiwanis leads teens in community service

Community service can be the most rewarding “job” you will ever have without being paid. We know that as adults. Imagine if kids felt the same way.


Imagine no more. The Kiwanis Club of Vero-Treasure Coast has made it their mission to involve teenagers in service to the community through a program known as “Kiwanis Youth in Action.” Hundreds of kids participate each year on projects to help the needy, the elderly and non-profits – and they love it!


Kiwanis Youth in Action (KYIA) began 25 years ago when two long time Vero residents and Kiwanis members, Richard Schlitt and Al Sammartino, started a program designed to engage area teens in community service projects that filled a need and taught them a valuable lesson. According to Schlitt, “Our projects were designed to help those in need, one family at a time, whether it was to repair a fence, paint a room, or anything residents could not afford to take care of themselves or were physically unable to do it.”


Schlitt and Sammartino recruited volunteers from church groups and high school, especially from the Kiwanis high school equivalent, the Key Club. Typically, each Kiwanis Club in a town sponsors a Key Club at the local middle or high school. In Indian River County, there are four Key Clubs, each enthusiastically volunteering on KYIA projects.

The Kiwanis Paint the Town Event originally scheduled for Sunday, March 29th at Vero Beach Yacht Club has been cancelled due to the health and safety issues associated with coronavirus.

Teen volunteers often engage their parents and other adults to help. Upwards of 150 of them gather at 8 a.m. on Saturday mornings in the parking lot of St. Helen’s Church and receive their assignments – pressure washing and/or painting houses, general hammer and nail repairs, removal and replacement of shrubs, replacing windows, doors and essential home fixtures, building ramps for the wheelchair bound and a host of other tasks. Additionally, KYIA efforts have expanded to perform beach clean-ups and many other work projects for non-profit organizations. For instance, they recently removed weeds and non-native growth at the Environmental Learning Center, did beach clean-up projects for Keep Indian River Beautiful and painted group homes at the Hibiscus Children’s Center.


Each work group is accompanied by a Kiwanis member and/or parent. All projects are typically completed before lunch, which is then provided by Kiwanis members during a hamburger and hot dog cookout.


Kiwanis Youth in Action has extended beyond our local communities in emergencies. They have performed adult-supervised projects in the Bahamas, providing needed supplies and materials after last summer’s hurricane. And in Puerto Rico, they rebuilt a 150-student preschool after the recent disasters those residents endured.


All of these projects are funded through donations and Kiwanis project funds.  Needless to say, the program has grown significantly from its roots 25 years ago as different social service agencies advise where this kind of volunteer work is needed.

Kiwanis seeks major sponsors for the

Kiwanis Youth in Action Program.

To learn more about the program needs and costs

Kiwanis Youth in Action engages youth in helping community members in need.

Kiwanis is an approved 501 (c) 3.

For over 100 years, Kiwanis International has been an organization of members dedicated to serving children. Today, there are nearly 600,000 members in 80 countries, and members have made a positive impact in millions of lives.  Kiwanis International was founded in 1915 in Detroit, Michigan, and became an international organization with the creation of the Kiwanis Club of Hamilton, Ontario, the following year.  Kiwanis members stage

nearly 150,000 service projects, devote more than 6 million hours of service, and raise nearly $100 million every year for communities, families and



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The Kiwanis Club of Vero-Treasure Coast was founded in 1973.  Our club raises funds through many projects to provide financial assistance and manpower for those organizations that serve children.  Examples of Kiwanis projects that have helped the local area include:





Construction of the building foundations for ARC and Riverside Children’s Theatre and the outdoor stage at Riverside Theatre

Bicycle paths for local schools

Assistance with the Annual Children’s Art Festival in Vero Beach

The Annual Kiwanis Radio and Television Auction to secure funds to help children


Volunteer work for Youth Guidance

Construction of the Head Start Playground

Construction of pavilions at Hibiscus

Children’s Center and the Homeless Family Center

The Annual Take a Kid Fishing Tournament est. 1992 serving over 300 children annually

Painting homes for needy families through the Youth in Action Program

Serving Indian River County since 1973

upcoming EVENTS

Kiwanis Youth in Action Project Days








Fellowship throughout Indian River County Florida


Wednesday, March 18th – Dr. David Moore, Superintendent of

the School District of Indian River County

March 25th Vickie Soule and Dennis Bartholomew from TC Community Health

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