The breakfast is scheduled for 7 a.m.-1 p.m. March 28 at Mattoon Middle School, 1200 S. Ninth St. The menu offers all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage, plus coffee, milk and juice. Ticket are $6 for adults, $2 for children ages 5-12, and free for children ages 4 and younger.
"This is our third year to partner with the middle school. It is really a great collaboration," said Kiwanis Club member Mary Weber, who is leading the breakfast.
Weber said live entertainment has been added to this year's breakfast, with performances by the Coles County Barbershop Singers at 8 a.m. and the Mattoon Middle School jazz band at 9-10:30 a.m.
The pancake breakfast and Peanut Days are the Kiwanis Club's main fundraisers. Proceeds from these events help this service club support programs for children.
"We are hoping the community will turn out for pancake day to help us help the community," said Kiwanis Club member Steve Ferguson.
Mattoon Kiwanis Club President Greg Thompson said they have helped fund new playgrounds at Lawson and Peterson parks in recent years and hope to help build another one. The club also has helped fund the construction of three pavilions at the youth sports fields on the northeast side town.
Other children's program have included providing sponsorships for youth sports teams, the Read Across Mattoon program and the Builders Club at the Mattoon Middle School, and the Key Club at Mattoon High School.
Funds raised by the Mattoon club also assist Kiwanis International's humanitarian work. In 1994, Kiwanis joined the fight to eliminate iodine deficiency disorders. In 2010, Kiwanis pledged to join UNICEF in the effort to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus from countries still affected by this disease.
Kiwanis was founded in 1915 in Detroit and the Mattoon club formed in 1929. Ferguson said the local club plans to send delegates to the Kiwanis International Annual Convention on June 25-28 in Indianapolis, Ind., where this organization is headquartered.
One of the mission's of Kiwanis is for its members to volunteer within their communities. Mattoon club members have volunteered to help Camp New Hope, Lightworks, One Stop Community Christmas, the Salvation Army, and many other local causes.
Kiwanis Club member Jim Glen said one of his favorite projects is delivering food for the Peace Meal program, for which the club has been providing volunteers since at least the early 1980s.
"You don't have to ask people for money and you don't have to give money. You just help others," Glenn said of volunteering with Peace Meal.
The Mattoon Kiwanis Club meets at noon every Wednesday at Brian's Place/Bourbon Street Steakhouse, 2100 Broadway Ave. At these meetings, participants hear updates on the club's community service projects and presentations from guest speakers.
More information is available by contacting Thompson at 217-276-9985 or by visiting www.mattoonkiwanis.com.