Founded in 1915, Kiwanis International is a thriving organization of service- and community-minded men and women who support children
and young adults worldwide. More than 8,000 clubs in over 70 countries make their mark responding to the needs of their communities and pooling their resources to address worldwide issues. Kiwanis International is truly “Serving the Children of the World.”
Kiwanis clubs view their role within their respective communities with a great deal of foresight. Key aspects to operating an effective club include:
* Evaluating children’s issues and community needs on an ongoing basis.
* Conducting service projects to respond to those identified needs.
* Maintaining members who have the desire and ability to serve their community.
Club meetings offer an atmosphere of fun, learning from periodic guest speakers and fellowship. Typically, club members attend meetings and volunteer each month to assist with club service projects.
Service projects are often linked to initiatives focused on the needs of young children in pediatric trauma, safety, child care, health and nutrition. Service projects can also address other needs within the community, such as combating substance abuse, helping elderly people, promoting literacy, supporting youth sports, responding to disasters and aiding specific people or families in need.