● By Enjoy Magazine
Strengthen & ServeFebruary 2015
“Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who refl ect this nation's compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another. "
~ Erma Bombeck
Kiwanis, celebrating 100 years this year, is located in 80 nations and helps communities in countless ways. Each community’s needs are different—so each Kiwanis club is different.
This global organization is dedicated to serving the children of the world. Kiwanis and its family of clubs— more than 600,000 members strong—annually raise more than $100 million and dedicate more than 18.5 million volunteer hours to strengthen communities and serve children. Members of every age attend regular meetings, experience fellowship, raise funds for various causes and participate in service projects.
Kiwanis International offers three clubs for adults: Kiwanis, Aktion Club and Circle K International. Kiwanis sponsors 150,000 service projects each year. Aktion Club is the only community service and leadership development club for adults living with disabilities. Circle K International is the world’s largest student-led collegiate service organization, with clubs on 504 campuses.
Key Club, the oldest and largest service organization for teens, teaches leadership through service to others. Builders Club provides adolescents with opportunities to develop leadership, improve self-esteem, increase civic engagement and learn life skills through service. Kiwanis Kids provides elementary students with opportunities to work together on service projects, develop leadership potential and create strong moral character.
Terrific Kids and Bring Up Grades, both for students age 6–12, teach children to plan and set goals and work with others and celebrate success. Key Leader is a weekend leadership retreat for teens.
HOW YOU CAN HELP: By working together, members achieve what one person cannot accomplish alone.
To find a Kiwanis club near you, visit www.kiwanis.org.