Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time.
The name “Kiwanis” means “we trade” or “we share our talents.” It was coined from an American Indian expression, Nunc Kee-wanis.
Kiwanians are volunteers changing the world through service to children and communities. Kiwanis members help shelter the homeless, feed the hungry, mentor the disadvantaged, and care for the sick. They develop youth as leaders, build playgrounds, raise funds for pediatric research, and much more. No problem is too big or too small. Why? Because working together, members achieve what one person cannot accomplish alone. When you give a child a chance to learn, experience, dream, and succeed, great things happen!
As Kiwanis clubs and members, we see it everyday!
•About 8,000 clubs in 96 countries
•More than 260,000 adult members
•Approximately 320,000 youth
To serve children of the world.
Each year, clubs:
•Sponsor nearly 150,000 service projects.
•Raise more than $107 million.
With The Eliminate Project, Kiwanis International and UNICEF have joined forces to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. This deadly disease steals the lives of nearly 60,000 innocent babies and a significant number of women each year. The effects of the disease are excruciating — tiny newborns suffer repeated, painful convulsions and extreme sensitivity to light and touch.
To eliminate MNT from the Earth, more than 100 million mothers and their future babies must be immunized. This requires vaccines, syringes, safe storage, transportation, thousands of skilled staff and more. It will take US$110 million — and the dedicated work of UNICEF and every member of the Kiwanis family.
Kiwanis and UNICEF joined forces to tackle iodine deficiency disorders, achieving one of the most significant public health successes of the 20th century. Now, they are eliminating MNT from the face of the Earth. And in doing so, the project will reach the poorest, most neglected mothers and babies with additional lifesaving health care. The end of this one disease means the beginning of better health for so many families.
Kiwanis Makes A Difference
A Kiwanian is a businessperson, a neighbor, family member, or a friend in your community who makes a difference in the lives of others. A Kiwanian gives of him/herself to those who need assistance most. A Kiwanian works for a way of life in which he/she believes.
Who Is Kiwanis For?
Kiwanis is for anyone who wants to assist in improving the lives of others in his/her community. The membership of a Kiwanis club is representative of a broad spectrum of the community it serves and is often made up of businesspeople, community leaders, and retirees alike. Kiwanis membership has something to offer everyone. Likewise, anyone interested in community service has something to offer Kiwanis.
How Does Kiwanis Work?
Kiwanis clubs accomplish their goals through sponsorship of a wide range of projects. Each club selects its projects depending upon the particular needs of its community, as such projects vary from one club to another. The list of organizations supported may be found on the Community Services page on this site.
What Is My Commitment?
You can choose a level of commitment that is comfortable to you and select the projects that are of interest to you personally. Contribute your time, knowledge, expertise, and love as your schedule allows. Bring your personal interests or community organization under the Kiwanis umbrella of sponsored projects. Be sure to join Kiwanis social events, where we recognize and celebrate our efforts.
How Can I Participate?
There is a Kiwanis club that meets for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and is convenient to where you live or work. There you can share in the fellowship of new friends as you hear informative presentations on topical subjects. Through attendance and participation, you will keep informed about your community events and about the world around you. You will broaden your horizons while meeting new faces and forging new friendships. Join your efforts with ours as we support our communities and one another. An individual like you can make a difference to a Kiwanis club and to your community!
Who Belongs to Kiwanis?
Membership in Kiwanis is open to all men and women who are willing to attend meetings, work on projects, and wish to make a difference in their community. Your local Kiwanis club is made up of local citizens dedicated to making your community and the world a better place to live through their volunteer efforts. Each member volunteers many hours each year, and enjoys nearly every minute of it.
What can Kiwanis Can Do For You?
Provide the opportunity for you to become personally involved in the life of your community, and to help improve your community, the nation, and the world;
Provide you with the opportunity for fellowship that is often lacking in a busy world, and to make lifetime friendships based on mutual interest and the shared joy of doing for others;
Enable you to share ideas and opinions with others who wish to make the world a better place in which to live, and to participate in an informal exchange of ideas on a wide range of topics;
Help you to develop leadership skills by enabling you to serve a Kiwanis Club in positions of responsibility;
Provide you with the opportunity to help train tomorrow's leaders through Kiwanis' unique Sponsored Youth Programs;
Help broaden your general knowledge by providing speakers on scores of interesting subjects during club meetings;
Provide you with the good feeling that comes from knowing you have personally helped your community and its people, and the knowledge that the effort of each individual really counts.
What can you do for Kiwanis?
Participate regularly in club meetings and functions;
Give club members a chance to know you better, and to build lasting friendships with you;
Strengthen a Kiwanis Club by lending your talents and special skills where they are needed;
Speak out and share your ideas with others;
Recognize other club members for their contributions to the organization and the community;
Strengthen Kiwanis by inviting your friends to join your Kiwanis Club;
In short, help to keep Kiwanis the number one service organization in the world today
The six permanent Objects of Kiwanis International were approved by Kiwanis club delegates at the 1924 Convention in Denver, Colorado. Through the succeeding decades, they have remained unchanged.
•To give primacy to the human and spiritual rather than to the material values of life.
•To encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships.
•To promote the adoption and the application of higher social, business, and professional standards.
•To develop, by precept and example, a more intelligent, aggressive, and serviceable citizenship.
•To provide, through Kiwanis clubs, a practical means to form enduring friendships, to render altruistic service, and to build better communities.
•To cooperate in creating and maintaining that sound public opinion and high idealism which make possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism, and goodwill.