KIWANIS magazine

Serving a city in need

The Dawn Busters, Metairie, Kiwanis Club in suburban New Orleans, Louisiana, is so busy, so committed that sometimes it’s hard for President Michael Haffner to keep up.

Every other Monday, members feed the homeless. Once a month, they prepare meals for families of sick children. On Thursdays, they’re in the schools working with the next generation of Kiwanians. There are reading incentive programs and meal deliveries to shut-ins and projects for kids with cancer.

“Everyone has their niche,” says Haffner, who joined Dawn Busters nearly six years ago at the urging of a friend. “It’s a beautiful thing, giving back to the community. It’s contagious, and once you go, you’re hooked.”

Read or download the April 2013 Kiwanis magazine to learn how New Orleans-area Kiwanis clubs are making a difference in their hard-hit, resilient community. You'll also find the 2011-12 annual report, along the feature an often misunderstood and untapped workplace resource.