BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A new Kiwanis club in Bridgewater Township is aiming to help kids thrive, prosper and grow.

According to a release, the club is holding an organizational meeting Dec. 5 at 5:30 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, on Promenade Boulevard.

"There are too many kids in Central New Jersey who need help learning to read, who need mentors to guide them and who need help finding their opportunity to shine," Daniel Vigneron, 2019-2020 Kiwanis International president said in the release. "People who want to help children are invited to join us in forming this new club."

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The organization exists to help children around the world. Popular projects include installing reading rooms in schools, packing backpacks with school supplies and establishing student-run programs, like Key Club, to teach students leadership skills. Members of the Kiwanis club, the release said, will look at the needs of the children in the community and decide what projects will benefit them.

"Kiwanis clubs provide a great opportunity to meet new friends who believe in serving their communities, networking with business professionals and making a significant impact on the community through volunteering," Gordon Meth, governor of the New Jersey District of Kiwanis, said in the release. "Kids need Kiwanis in Bridgewater and in communities around the world so they can grow up in a world where they are happy, healthy, safe and loved."

Those interested in membership but unable to attend the meeting can email membership@kiwanis.org.