KIDS NEED KIWANIS. Kids are curious, lovable and hilarious. They are also wild, impatient and vulnerable. Kiwanis is looking out for kids in every corner of the globe with more than 550,000 volunteers who serve their communities through local clubs.
The name “Kiwanis” was coined [loosely] from a native American language. Random House Dictionary states that it comes from one of the Algonquian languages and means “to make oneself known”. It was translated “We build” when Kiwanis was founded as a service club in 1914, and was adopted as its motto in 1920. In 2005 the motto was changed to “Serving the children of the world”. That’s our goal. That’s what we do!
Also check out Kiwanis International News. There are stories from around the world and from right around us. They tell of Kiwanians leading communities, meeting needs of children, and spreading joy in life as clubs reach out.
Here are a few of the many featured stories:
Kiwanis’ impact felt worldwide in 2022 Sarah Moreland Byrne | 12.22.2022
This year proved the ripples of Kiwanis service can be felt everywhere — in Ukrainian refugee camps, on a 39-square-mile island in the South Pacific, at the peak of Mount Everest, even on an episode of “Jeopardy!” READ MORE
Club grants help kids grow physically and mentally Erin Chandler | 12.21.2022
Thanks to support from the Kiwanis Children’s Fund, kids on three continents are developing new skills. READ MORE
Kiwanis’s long history of electoral process support Jack Brockley | 11.04.2022
Kiwanis has a long history of supporting the electoral process. READ MORE
Club grants let more kids play outside Erin Chandler | 10.27.2022
Grants from the Kiwanis Children’s Fund help clubs provide bikes and accessible playgrounds. READ MORE