Portland, September 15th. This year’s MHKC Walk, Roll, or Stroll had over 275 walkers and volunteers. Camper Jackie Pietka won an iPad for raising the most money. MHKC Board President Dale De Vries presented it to Jackie. The event raised $45,669 to benefit children and adults with disabilities who attend the camp. Supporters gathered at Willamette Park and enjoyed games, food, live music, and a 1K and 5K walk. Afterwards, participants visited at barbecue lunch.
The Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp was founded in 1933 by the Kiwanis Club of Montavilla to serve low-income youth.
We began serving people with disabilities in 1957. Since 1972, the camp has enjoyed a unique partnership with Portland State University’s Special Education Department which provides planning and personnel support.
Every summer, over 500 children and adults with developmental, physical and/or neurological disabilities enjoy and benefit from their time at Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp.
Funding comes from camper fees, individuals, foundations and community organizations, especially Kiwanis Clubs in Oregon and southwest Washington.
The camp was founded by a Kiwanis Club, and has been lovingly tended since then by many Kiwanis Clubs and their members. We are, however, a separate organization from Kiwanis International and its member clubs.
Many Kiwanis members and other community volunteers help maintain the camp’s 22 acres of US Forest Service land in the Mt. Hood National Forest.
Volunteers also sponsor fund-raising projects and participate in the annual fund-raising auction and dinner.
Funds generated through camp rentals also help finance our mission and vision.
Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp is accredited through the American Camp Association, complying with their standards, code of ethics and applicable state and federal laws.