Bloomington-Normal Young Professionals Kiwanis Club serving the children of the world

8th Annual BNYP/Autism McLean Garage Sale Fundraiser for Autism Camp

BNYPThe Bloomington-Normal Young Professional Kiwanis Club will be hosting the 8th annual Autism McLean Garage Sale Fundraiser on Saturday, October 14, 2017.

All proceeds from the garage sale will be given to Autism McLean for Autism Camp.

Autism Camp is dedicated to providing a valuable experience for children on the autism spectrum in a natural outdoor setting on Lake Bloomington. Children have the opportunity to engage in typical camp activities, including, canoeing, swimming, horseback riding, games, and much more in a safe and supportive atmosphere.

The cost for camp is $225-$250 per child. The money raised by our fundraiser will help pay the way for kids who could otherwise not afford to attend camp. You can read more about Autism Camp here.

Here are the details:

Here’s how you can help:

  • Donate garage-sale worthy items for the garage sale. If you’re interested in donating in advance of the garage sale please contact Craig Luchtefeld, at The more items donated, the more money we can raise, and the more kids we can send to camp!
  • We will have early drop-off on the following dates/times at the garage sale location:
    • Monday, October 9th from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    • Wednesday, October 11th from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    • Friday, October 13th from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    • We’ll have volunteers to help unload and sort your items.
  • If you have items you’d like to donate but cannot make one of the early drop-off dates, please contact Craig Luchtefeld at and we’ll do our best to work out a time to retrieve your items.
  • If you’d like to volunteer to help unload or sort items at any one of the early drop-off times, we’d very much appreciate the help! You can register to volunteer here:
  • If you’d like to make a monetary donation in lieu of donating garage sale items, we’d welcome the donation!

So, please, help us get the word out for this fundraising event and do some garage sale-ing!

Shoe sorting, 8/20, 1-3 PM

We will be sorting shoes this Sunday from 1-3 pm at Uncle Bills Storage unit E22. We will be sorting, banding, and bagging ALL the shoes we have collected prior to the kickoff this week.

Did you miss the kickoff and want more info on how YOU can help with the drive?

If you have collected any shoes please bring them with you!

The goal is 2500 pairs of shoes between now and October 15th!! Easy Peasy!!!… read more

BNYP Shoe Drive Fundraiser

The BNYP Kiwanis Club is excited to announce that we are hosting a Shoe Drive to raise funds for community and international projects!

Our goal is to collect 2,500 pairs of new and gently worn shoes between August 15th and October 15th. We will earn funds based on the total weight of the collected shoes, and those funds will be shared with Autism McLean, The Eliminate Project as well as other causes.

Anyone can help by donating gently worn, used and new shoes at the following locations:

Developing Melodies Music Therapy Center:

  • Friday August 18, 9-10:30am
  • Tuesday, August 29, 11-1pm

PrairiErth Farm CSA Pickup (St John’s Lutheran Church on corner of Towanda and Emerson):

  • Tuesday, August 22, 4:30-5:30pm
  • Tuesday, August 29, 4:30-5:30pm
  • Tuesday, September 12, 4:30-5:30pm
  • Tuesday, September 26, 4:30-5:30pm

Other locations / times:

Please share with your friends and families! We appreciate your support!

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Merlot and a Masterpiece Social

A reminder that our February social, is this coming Monday, Feb 6th from 6-8pm. We will be doing Merlot and a Masterpiece. Please register online at:

The cost is $40.

Feel free to bring foods and drink for during the class. These classes are a lot of fun and no artistic skill is required so come on out and enjoy!… read more

6th Annual BNYP Holiday Party

You’re invited to the 6th Annual BNYP Holiday Party!  Mark your calendars for 6:00pm on Thursday, December 15th. The party will be held at Reality Bites, 414 N Main St, Bloomington, Illinois 61701.

Bring a light hearted white elephant gift for our gift exchange ($10 max) if you’d like to participate.

Spouses, significant others, and friends are more than welcome!… read more

Holiday Party – Potluck Style

You’re invited to the 6th Annual BNYP Holiday Party!  This year we’re doing a potluck! Mark your calendars for 6:00pm on Wednesday, November 9th. The party will be held at 7 Marvin Gdns, Bloomington, IL 61701-1453. RSVP here.

And, as always, feel free to bring a friend!… read more