Most often the charitable work of silent or unknown organizations goes unnoticed. A fine example of this is the Italian American Club of Canal Walk. Canal Walk is a senior housing development bordered by Schoolhouse Rd, Weston Canal Road, Weston Road and Mettlers Lane. The first residents moved in beginning in 2003. The Italian American Club was formed shortly thereafter. Its mission statement reads, to preserve, foster and promote Italian American values principally through scholarships and charitable giving. Its current membership numbers approximately 410.
In 2017 The Club awarded total of $16,000 in scholarships to 4 area high schools, including a $2000 award to Somerset Vocational and Technical High School.
During 2017 The Club initiated a Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund drive and, joined by non-member residents raised over $5000 for Hurricane relief help in Texas and Florida. It sponsored a winter clothing drive which provided warm winter jackets and sweaters to those in need in Manville.
During the year, several food and cash collections were sponsored to help replenish the food banks in Manville and Franklin. Every year the Club sponsors a Christmas fund drive aimed at making sure several needy families enjoy a true holiday season. This year four area families, who would otherwise have done without, were provided with clothing, gifts and approximately $2000 in Gift Certificates to Shoprite and Walmart to insure a proper Christmas dinner. The Club was joined by the “Singles” Club who donated $2000 to our effort.
The Club is blessed with a very philanthropic and most charitable membership without whom none of the above would have been possible. Their responses to sponsored drives and charitable activities has been phenomenal, often joined by non-member community residents who approve and recognize our service to the community. A senior development with a very big young heart.
An Italian American Club quietly serving the youth and the needy of our area.