About Massapequa Kiwanis

Serving The Community Since 1949

WHAT IS MASSAPEQUA KIWANIS?

We are a group of dedicated, hard-working volunteers who support the needs of the community.   We are a “HANDS ON” club who has been helping your neighbors for 75 years.

Over the years, Massapequa Kiwanians have been performing helpful deeds for your neighbors,  You may have seen some of the things we’ve done, but never knew we did them.  Here are a few examples. We have:

• Constructed dozens of wheelchair ramps for the homes of your senior or disabled neighbors.

• Built the Kiwanis Fishing Bridge in the Preserve off Clark Avenue.

• Helped construct the Fireman’s Memorial in the Massapequa Park LIRR parking lot.

• Erected “Fields of Honor” at local schools during the Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day holidays.

• Lined Park Boulevard with flags for the July 4th parade.

• Hosted Victory Games and Challenger Baseball for handicapped children in our area.

• Hosted an annual “Christmas in the Cabin” at Burns Park for local children..

• Provided scholarships for students in the Massapequa, Plainedge, and Seaford schools.

We have also provided acts of kindness for individuals in need.  Churches have told us of residents who need our help.  Our members have: 

• Replaced doors and windows, painted houses, and handled other minor but necessary tasks for seniors and disabled residents who were unable to do it themselves.

• Purchased medical braces and offset medical bills for those who lacked the funds to pay for these necessary items.

• Helped pay for individuals to enter rehab for drug rehabilitation programs when they did not have coverage elsewhere.

• Paid heating and medical bills for Massapequans who have fallen on hard times, had a house fire, or returned from overseas military duty and need financial help.

We’ve also purchased and donated:

• “Care Packages” and cash donations for the veterans in the Stony Brook VA hospital.

• Clothes and toys for the children in the Brunswick Psychiatric Facility in Copiague.

• Electric scooters for the handicapped and infirm.

• Food staples, diapers, and formula to keep the local church pantries stocked for the more than 600 households they serve in the Massapequa.

• Donated a chair lift and installed a Putting Green at the BOCES on Carman Road.

We’ve also provided financial help to other groups that we feel contribute to the well being of our community.  These include the Fire Family Transport Foundation (support for the families of fire fighters in times of bereavement), Children of Hope (providing Safe Havens for infants.) Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Center, Kamp Kiwanis, Pediatric Lyme Disease, and  Autism Speaks

During the COVID-19 pandemic, our crisis committee has

• Donated computer tablets to St. Joseph’s Hospital to enable patients to communicate safely with families.

• Provided more than 500 meals to essential personnel in local hospitals as well as the Parkview Nursing Home. Gave gift cards to nurses so they could get meals at local bagel shops

• Donated funds to two local pharmacies (Arlo and Stuart)  to enable them help patrons who are not able to pay for medication

• Erected “Fields of Honor” at hospitals in Nassau as well as Parkview Nursing Home.

We Massapequans are fortunate to live in an area where many among us live comfortably . . . BUT THERE ARE OTHERS AMONG US WHO ARE NOT SO WELL OFF.

They are your neighbors that you see everyday, and
We give hope and a lending hand.

HOW DO WE DO ALL THIS?

Our fundraising activities have included  golf tournaments, bocce tournaments, bowling events, cornhole tournaments (held jointly with the Massapequa Fire Department) and Comedy Club Nights.  

We are not able to hold these events during the pandemic.  It is for this reason that we are coming to you for  help.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

• $10 can buy two lunches for lunches for needy children.

• $20 can put a meal on the table for a family of four.

The $10s and $20s add up and can enable us to purchase wheelchair ramps for elderly and injured neighbors.
Click Here To Help Now!

Our Mission

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he Massapequa Kiwanis Club was founded in September of 1949.

Objective: To respond to the needs of the community.  The clubs primary emphasis is on the youth, with the willingness to support all facets of our community.

Not For Profit: The Massapequa Kiwanis Foundation formed in 1989 ensures that every dollar raised from the community goes back to the community!

Commitment: Our club meets for dinner & luncheon meetings on the first 4 Wednesdays of every month. Please refer to the “Club Meetings” on your left for a complete schedule.  This dedication enables the club to act immediately to the needs of the Massapequas.

Worldwide: Kiwanis is an International Organization.  Founded in 1915, now has more than 8,000 clubs in over 80 countries with more than 300,000 members

Membership:  Our club has about 60 members as of fall, 2015.  Membership is by invitation of a current member with a second sponsor needed prior to installation.  The current dues are $125.00 per year and a $25.00 stipend towards our Installation of Officers – Dinner Dance, in October of every year.  A reduced due is offered to a second member of the same household. A new member is also charged a one-time $65.00 new member fee to be enrolled in Kiwanis International records.  The Kiwanis year is from October through September.  All dues for new members are at a pro rata share for the first year.

Requirements:  Have fun, help on committees as much as possible, Have fun, participate in at least one fund raising event, Have fun, bring ideas and requests to the club, Have fun, come to at least one meeting a month, Have fun, network before & after meetings, Have fun, get involved andbe proud to be a member in the finest community service organization in the area.

Our Achievements

Success Measured One Child At A Time

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Our History

The Massapequ Kiwanis Club. The club has been in existence in the Massapequa’s for over 65 years.  We are a Non for Profit 501C Foundation.  Therefore, all the money we raise in the community gets spent in the community, dollar for dollar. 

We interact heavily with our local schools, churches and community organizations helping them with all sorts of needed projects. Some of our work is widely publicized though the community and others are done quietly to protect the confidentiality of some local needy people.

Our club has a membership of about 60 and the majority are very active Our meetings are every Wednesday. (Please refer to the link “Club Meetings” on your left  for a complete schedule.)  Although not written in stone we would like to see our members attend at least 2 meetings a month, support our fundraisers and participate in our projects.

We’ve completed numerous handicap ramps, distributed toys & money to needy kids, families and organizations and sponsor Key Clubs in 3 local schools, Seaford, Massapequa and Plainedge. Our club is a great place to use your talents and experience to help those in the community.

Our Great Team

Massapequa Kiwanis Officers 2017-2019

  • Phil Tesoriero
    Phil Tesoriero President
  • Rich Cassaro
    Rich Cassaro President Elect
  • Dianne Finkelstein
    Dianne Finkelstein 2nd Vice President
  • Mike Mazzola
    Mike Mazzola Secretary
  • Susan Febbraro
    Susan Febbraro Treasurer
  • Diana McDonough
    Diana McDonough Immediate Past President

Board of Directors

Buddy Antonelli • Jeff Chesner • Ray Cole Tony DeMayo • Rocco Dionisio (Emeritis) Carolyn Gatto • Lee Laroche • Deirdre O’Donnell Stacey Shortell • Chuck Sullivan • Brad Zamer 

We Need Your Help

The members and friends of the Massapequa Kiwanis Club would like to thank you for your generosity. 

Our club could not exist without your generous donations received throughout the year. God Bless You and God Bless America.