Service is at the heart of every Kiwanis International club, no matter where in the world it’s located. Kiwanis members stage nearly 150,000 service projects, devote more than 6 million hours of service and raise nearly US$100 million every year for communities, families and projects. Key Club members pitch in 12 million hours of service each year, and CKI members another 500,000 hours of service! Aktion Club members donate another 92,000 hours of service every year. Add it all up, and that’s more than 18 million hours of service every year!
In collaboration with local communities, Kiwanis clubs have built all-access playgrounds, restocked libraries, created food pantries, bought medical equipment, hosted diversity fairs, stuffed back packs with school supplies and much, much more. Local projects are based on the needs of the community.
Kiwanis programs for youth and young adults help to create the next generation of community leaders. For instance, Key Club, the world's oldest and largest service organization for high school students, encourages leadership development through service to others. Aktion Club, the only service club for adults with disabilities, helps members find purpose and self-worth through park clean ups, food drives and other projects. And programs like Bring Up Grades and Terrific Kids empower children to be accountable for themselves so they succeed in life.
The Eliminate Project: Kiwanis eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus
Through The Eliminate Project, Kiwanis International and UNICEF have joined forces to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus—a deadly disease that steals the lives of 34,000 innocent babies and a significant number of women each year.
We reached our fundraising goal, raising US$110 million in cash and pledges since 2010. However, our job is not done yet.
Now, more than ever, we are determined to finish what we started. Mothers and babies in 18 countries are depending on Kiwanis to turn promises into funding; funding into vaccines; and vaccines into lives saved and futures protected. The end of this disease means the beginning of better health for so many of these families.
Worldwide Service Project to rid the world of Iodine Deficiency Disorders
Members and clubs contributed more than US$105 million toward the global elimination of Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD), the leading preventable cause of mental and developmental disabilities in the world. UNICEF heralded the effort as one of the most successful health initiatives ever. Today, Kiwanis International works for the sustained elimination of IDD through the Iodine Global Network—a coalition of public, private, international and civic organizations working to create a world where all people attain optimal iodine nutrition.